Softball earns non-conference sweep of Cabrini

Softball earns non-conference sweep of Cabrini

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University softball team is back to its winning ways after scoring 12 runs on 25 hits to sweep Cabrini University in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. Philadelphia came from behind to earn a 5-4 game one win and then cruised to a 7-1 victory in the second game.

The 25 hits are the most by the Rams (15-16) in a doubleheader this season and the 12 runs rank second behind the 13 runs Philadelphia scored in a sweep of the University of the Sciences on April 4.

Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) had five hits in seven at-bats and drove in five runs. Megan Letos (Bristow, Va./Stonewall Jackson) posted four hits and added two RBI.

Philadelphia overcame a 4-2 seventh-inning deficit to pull out the game one triumph.

Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) started the rally with a one-out base hit to left field to move Breck Urban (Mullica Hill, N.J./Paul VI), who reached on a fielder's choice, up to second. Madison Heno (Houston, Texas/St. Agnes Academy)—who came in to run for Urban—and Levins executed a double steal to put themselves in scoring position for pinch hitter Gianna Bliss (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Area). In her first at-bat of the season, Bliss smacked a single through the right side of the Cabrini infield to score Heno and Levins to tie the score.

Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Regional) stepped up to the plate with two outs and Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) on third and Emily Williams (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown Area) on second. Pepper hit the first pitch she saw from Taylor Gallagher into center field to bring home Wensel for the game-winning run.

Cabrini (11-15) jumped out to a 4-0 lead by scoring single runs in the first and second and two more runs in the fourth.

Pepper got the Rams on the board in the home half of the fourth with a RBI groundout to drive in Wensel, who singled to start the inning, home for the first run. Letos made the score 4-2 with a fielder's choice that allowed Williams to get home safely. Cabrini tried to come home on the Letos bunt, but Williams was able to beat the tag at the plate.

Stas, Wensel, Williams, and Pepper all had two hits for the Rams. Cabrini's Chrissy Ferraro recorded a game-high three hits, while Jess Giordano and Gallagher had two hits. One of Giordano's hits was a RBI single in the first inning.

Pepper entered the pitching circle with two outs in the fourth and threw 3.1 scoreless innings to get the win. She allowed just two hits and fanned six.

In game two, Philadelphia pounded out 13 hits—the second-highest total in 2017—three each from Stas and Letos.

Stas gave Philadelphia a 3-0 second-inning lead with a three-run home run. Letos and Pepper both singled earlier in the inning to be on base for Stas' third home run of the season.

After Cabrini got a run back in the fourth on a Taylor Franchville single, Philadelphia scored three times in the bottom of the frame to widen the margin to 6-1. Stas knocked in a pair of runs with a one-out single. Jovanna Alfonsi (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) brought home Philadelphia's sixth run with a two-out base hit to right field.

Letos closed out her day at the plate with a RBI single in the fifth to make the score 7-1.

Williams gave the Rams four innings, allowing one run on six hits, and struck out one to record her first collegiate win.

Philadelphia steps back on the field on Wednesday, April 12 against Chestnut Hill in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader at 2:30 p.m.