CLERMONT, Fla. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) softball team (4-2) split a pair of games during its second day at the Spring Games on Saturday. The Rams dropped the opener to Bridgeport, 7-3 but came back to defeat St. Cloud St., 2-1.
GAME ONE – L, 7-3 vs. Bridgeport
Jefferson had a prime opportunity to open the scoring in the first, loading the bases with no outs but the Purple Knights recovered to retire the next three hitters to keep the game scoreless. The Rams did eventually tally the first runs with two in the third. Freshman Winnai Hoyt hit a lead-off single and came home on an error. Senior Courtney Wensel reached on a miscue and scored on a groundout.
Bridgeport tied the game in the fourth thanks to an error and an RBI double. The Purple Knights went ahead in the fifth with a run-scoring single and had a chance for more but stranded runners at second and third.
Junior Madison Heno evened things up in the top of the sixth, driving in sophomore Samantha Hurtado with a single. However, Bridgeport pushed across the decisive runs in the bottom of the frame, putting four on the board. One run scored on an error, another touched the plate on a wild pitch and two rounded the bases on a triple. The Purple Knights retired the Rams in order in the seventh to finish off the win.
GAME TWO – W, 2-1 vs. St. Cloud St.
In the second, Heno smacked a lead-off double. Senior Stephanie Pepper hit what looked to be a go-ahead single but Heno was gunned down at the plate. The Rams did take the lead in the third with a pair of runs. Freshmen Alexa Kanceler and Emily Kuberski each recorded a single. Hoyt drove in Kanceler with a base hit and junior Breck Urban plated Kuberski with a base knock.
The Huskies got one back in the fourth on a single. After allowing the run, Pepper sat down the next eight St. Cloud St. hitters. In the seventh, the Huskies registered a one-out single but Pepper retired the next two batters to secure her second win.
- Winnai Hoyt: 1-for-3, RBI
- Breck Urban: 1-for-3, RBI
- Alexa Kanceler: 1-for-2, R
- Emily Kuberski: 1-for-2, R
- Madison Heno: 2B
- Naomi Stas: 2B
- Stephanie Pepper: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K
Jefferson Softball plays two more games in Florida on Sunday, March 10. The Rams take on Bemidji State at 9:30 a.m. and Concord at 11:45 a.m.