PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) softball team (16-24, 11-13 CACC) split a pair of home games with Post (20-19, 12-12 CACC) on Saturday. The Rams took game one, 4-2 in eight innings and the Eagles came back to win the second contest, 6-4.
GAME ONE – W, 4-2 (8 inn.)
The game was scoreless until the fourth when the Rams took a 1-0 lead. Senior Naomi Stas hit a lead-off triple to center field and came home on junior Breck Urban's sacrifice fly. Post went ahead on a two-run double in the fifth and Jefferson tied it in the bottom half when junior Madison Heno drove in senior Erin Maher.
Each team managed just one baserunner in the final two innings to force extras. Senior Stephanie Pepper retired the Eagles in order in the top of the eighth. Maher led off the bottom of the inning with a double to right center. After a sacrifice bunt, freshman Winnai Hoyt stepped up and blasted a two-run walk-off homer over the fence in left. It was her team-leading fourth long ball of the year.
Pepper pitched a complete game and allowed just two runs and four hits. She struck out 10 batters with zero walks. The senior recorded her 600th career strikeout during the contest.
GAME TWO – L, 6-4
Post got on the board early with a two-run homer in the first. The Eagles increased their lead to 5-0 in the fourth via a wild pitch and a two-run single.
The Rams broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth. Maher had an RBI single and Hoyt doubled in Maher. Post added a run in the sixth on a base hit.
Jefferson was able to close the gap to two in the seventh. Heno hit an RBI double and scored on an error. The Rams brought the tying run to the plate but could not even things up.
CACC PLAYOFF PICTURE
The Rams occupy the eighth and final playoff spot. Jefferson can clinch with a victory in its final doubleheader at Concordia (N.Y.) on Monday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Georgian Court is in the driver's seat for the top seed with Wilmington (Del.) giving chase. Caldwell (fourth) and Dominican (N.Y.) (fifth) have their seeds locked in. Chestnut Hill, Post and Nyack are in the tourney with their seeding still to be determined.