PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) softball team (13-17, 8-8 CACC) picked up a sweep of conference foe USciences (4-26, 3-13 CACC) on Thursday. The Rams had a 3-1 triumph in the opener and they won game two, 7-6 in eight innings.
GAME ONE – W, 3-1
The Devils opened the scoring early, swiping home on a delayed double steal in the first. Freshman Winnai Hoyt tied the game at one with a solo blast in the third.
Jefferson took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Senior Erin Maher tripled with two outs and was brought home by Hoyt's double to left center. Junior Breck Urban made it back-to-back two-baggers, driving a ball into left center to plate Hoyt.
After surrendering the first run, senior Stephanie Pepper settled in and allowed just three baserunners the rest of the way, with three 1-2-3 innings, to earn the victory.
GAME TWO – W, 7-6 (8 inn.)
The Rams jumped on USciences early with a two-run first. Maher hit a lead-off single and Hoyt followed with an RBI double. Hoyt came home on a squeeze play by junior Madison Heno.
The Devils took the lead with four runs in the third on an error, an RBI single and a two-run home run. Jefferson got one back in the bottom half via Hoyt's second bomb of the day and her third of the season.
USciences increased its advantage to 5-3 in the fifth with a single. In the sixth, the Rams had one runner on with one out when Pepper came through with a pinch-hit, two-run homer to tie the score at five. The long ball tied her for the team lead with Hoyt.
The Devils bounced back to regain the upper hand, scoring in the seventh on an error. In the bottom of the seventh, Maher and Hoyt started with back-to-back singles. After two outs, Jefferson was down to its last hope in senior Naomi Stas. Stas came out on top, sending a game-tying base hit into center field and forcing extra innings.
In the eighth, Stas allowed two batters to get on base but did not allow a run, setting up the Rams to walk off with the victory. They did just that as Maher smacked a game-winning single up the middle to clinch the sweep.
Jefferson Softball visits Felician on Saturday, April 13 at 12 p.m.