WATERBURY, Conn. – The Philadelphia University softball team was swept by Post University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader by scores of 6-0 and 4-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Philadelphia (5-18-1, 3-8 CACC) was held to just one hit, a Mariah Hans (Barrington, N.J./Haddon Heights) infield single in the first inning, by Post pitcher Samantha Esque. The Rams managed three base runners as Erica D'Angelo (Broomall, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) walked and Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Reg.) was hit by a pitch.
The Eagles (12-16, 6-3 CACC) did all of their damage with two out hits.
Post opened the scoring with a Erica Ragazzone RBI single to bring home Natalie Lennox, who drew a leadoff walk, in the last of the first inning. Two innings later, Marissa Wilson broke the game open with a grand slam to make the score 5-0.
Emily Schaffer tacked on Post's sixth run with a fourth-inning base hit.
Esque struck out 11 batters to earn the complete-game victory. Pepper took the loss despite tying a career-high of six strikeouts.
Ragazzone had three of Post's eight hits.
After being no-hit for the first three innings, Post scored all of its runs in the home half of the fourth.
The Eagles started the inning off with a Ragazzone leadoff walk and had it followed up with back-to-back home runs from Wilson, who hit the two-run homer, and Schaffer to go up 3-0. Kristen Owens drove in the final run on a two-out infield single.
Philadelphia put together a seventh-inning rally to plate a pair of runs on a two-out double by D'Angelo. The double knocked in Shannon Weaver, who reached on a fielder's choice after a Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Reg.) single, and Renee Kakareka (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg), who walked two batters later.
Leslie Denis scattered six hits and struck out six over seven innings to earn the win. Nicole Troisi (Norristown, Pa./Pope John Paul II) fanned six in a 3+ innings in a losing effort.
Mollie Burrell (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) had two of Philadelphia's six hits. Schaffer and Owens both went 2-for-3 for Post.
Philadelphia returns home to begin a seven-game homestand against Bloomfield in a CACC doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 at noon.