PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) softball team (1-1) split its 2018 home-opening doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon with Millersville. The Rams fell in the first game, 7-2, before staging a comeback in the second with a 5-4 victory.
The win comes as head coach Mike Fegeley's first with the Rams after taking reign of the program just before the 2017-18 academic year began after spending time as an assistant at La Salle.
GAME ONE – L, 7-2 | Box Score
Millersville scored three runs in the second before Jefferson added two runs in the third and fourth to get within one. Millersville then scored two in the fifth and one in each the sixth and seventh to win the game.
GAME TWO – W, 5-4 (5) | Box Score
Trailing 2-1 heading into the fifth with darkness approaching, Millersville tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the inning for a three-run 4-1 advantage.
Emily Bradley started the bottom of the inning for Jefferson with a single to center field, the first hit of her collegiate career, but was thrown out at second on the next play on a fielder's choice. Emily Williams got hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Courtney Wensel. Wensel delivered with a double to left field, scoring both to pull the Rams within one, 4-3.
Stephanie Pepper brought home the game-winning run with a single to left field. After a Millersville pitching change, the Rams loaded the bases before the game was halted due to darkness with Jefferson ahead.
Jefferson had nine hits in the 5-4 win.
Pepper went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. She also started and pitched 4.0 innings with eight strikeouts to just one walk.
Wensel went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Madison Heno hit Jefferson's first home run of the season in the third inning to put the Rams on the board for the first time in the second game.
The Rams now head south for a spring break trip to Florida with games from Saturday, March 10 to Thursday, March 15.