CALDWELL, N.J. – The Philadelphia University softball team had its season come to a close after being swept by Caldwell, 4-0 and 7-0, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Sunday.
Philadelphia ends the year with a 14-32-1 overall record and a conference mark of 10-16. The Rams were tied with Felician University for the final playoff spot; however, the Golden Falcons owned the tiebreaker by earning a split with second place Dominican (N.Y.) College on March 30.
The story the opening game was Caldwell pitcher Amber Padilla who faced over the minimum as she threw a no-hitter. A Meghan Fryday fielding error on a ball hit by Mariah Hans () with one out in the sixth prevented Padila from throwing a perfect game.
Padilla recorded eight strikeouts.
Brielle Reighn got the Cougar (33-11, 23-3 CACC) offense going in the first inning with a one-out double that scored Caitlin McCready, who reached on a fielder's choice in the previous at-bat. Caldwell tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a Hannah Polak single and a Carly Testa fielder's choice.
Polak finished off a 2-for-2 game with a sixth-inning solo home run.
Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Regional) was the losing pitcher, allowing four runs—three earned—on eight hits and striking out one in six innings.
Caldwell got on the board with four two-out runs in the second inning.
McCready broke the scoreless tie with a two-run single that brought home Amy Hickman and Polak from second and third, respectively. Reighn kept the rally going with double to left field for the third run. The score became 4-0 on a fielding error.
RBI doubles by Kiahna Silva in the third and fifth increased the lead to 6-0. McCready added a sacrifice fly later in the fifth for the final run.
Philadelphia got four hits off of Caldwell pitching—one each from Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson), Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional), Mollie Burrell (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area), and Renee Kakareka (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg).
Reighn was 3-of-3 and Silva went 2-for-3.
Sydney Ponto was the winning pitcher, fanning six and surrendering three hits in 5.2 innings of work. Stas gave up five runs—four earned—on six hits and struck out two in 4.0 innings in a losing effort.