PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) softball team (8-14, 3-5 CACC) broke out of its offensive slump on Wednesday, posting 10 runs and 15 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Goldey-Beacom (4-12, 2-4 CACC). The Rams won the opener, 3-2 and took the second contest, 7-4.
GAME ONE – W, 3-2
The Rams got on the board with a pair of runs in the first thanks to a two-run homer by junior Emily Williams. Senior Courtney Wensel increased the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double to left in the second.
In the circle, senior Stephanie Pepper was solid, tossing a complete game and surrendering just two runs on five hits. She struck out seven Lightning hitters. GBC did end the shutout bid with a two-run home run in the sixth. With Jefferson ahead by just one run, Pepper sat down Goldey-Beacom in order in the seventh to finish off the win.
GAME TWO – W, 7-4
Jefferson got going early again, recording one run in the first, two in the second and one in the third to build a 4-0 lead. Williams singled in freshman Winnai Hoyt with a single, freshman Bridgette Schaffer drove in two with a base hit and junior Madison Heno brought home Hoyt with a sacrifice bunt.
The Lightning broke through in the fourth for two runs on a single and an error. They tied the score in the fifth via a sacrifice fly and a Rams' miscue. Not to be deterred, Jefferson reclaimed the advantage with two runs in the bottom half. Junior Breck Urban singled up the middle to plate a run and junior Katelyn Stys also singled in a run. The Rams added an insurance run in the sixth on Heno's base hit to right.
Pepper earned her second win of the day after coming on in relief. She hurled the final three innings and allowed just one hit with four strikeouts.
Jefferson Softball welcomes conference foe Caldwell on Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m.