PHILADELPHIA – Powered by strong performances in the pitching circle and at the plate, the Philadelphia University softball team picked up a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) sweep of the University of the Sciences, 7-0 and 6-1, Tuesday afternoon.
In the first game, Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) threw a complete-game four-hitter and struck out four Devils to record her eighth win of the season.
Stas worked around one major jam in the top of the sixth. With Devils at second and third and one out, Stas got Brooke Chisholm to strike out and Madison LaPlante to ground out the shortstop to get out of trouble.
Philadelphia (13-14, 8-4 CACC) staged a two-out rally in the home half of the first to get its first run of the game. Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) doubled to deep left field to keep the inning alive. In the next at-bat, Jovanna Alfonsi (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) smacked a single through the left side of the infield to bring home Levins.
The Ram offense hit its stride in the third as Philadelphia sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six times on five hits to extend the lead to 7-0.
Levins got the ball rolling with a single to center that plated Madison Heno (Houston, Texas/St. Agnes Academy), who doubled to start the inning. Breck Urban (Mullica Hill, N.J./Paul VI) made it 3-0 with a RBI fielder's choice. Two more runs came in when a Kayla Henry-Caltabellota (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) ground ball went though Evangelina Olivera's legs. Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) tacked on Philadelphia's sixth run of the game with a sacrifice fly and Stas added a RBI double.
The Rams had 10 hits off of Devil pitcher Kyla Colburn—three from Levins and two from Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) and Alfonsi.
Ashley Lewis recorded two of the Devils' four hits.
Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Regional) turned in a dominating pitching performance for the Rams in game two, striking out 12 hitters and allowing just five hits. The Devils managed to get a runner to second base with less than two outs in each of the first four innings. In every inning, Pepper controls the damage and didn't allow any of the Devils to each third.
Heno's first collegiate home run, a two-run blast off the left-center field scoreboard, gave Philadelphia a 2-0 advantage in the second at-bat of the contest. Stas brought home Philadelphia's third run in the second inning with a sacrifice fly.
With Rams at the corners and one out in the fourth, Stas strolled toward second base, drawing a throw from catcher Emily Harris. On Stas' way back to first, she fell down and was tug out. With the defense focused Stas, Henry-Caltabellota ran home from third.
Philadelphia scored two more times in the sixth. Stas—who finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI—doubled to left center to score Weaver. Stas scored from third when Harris threw the ball in center field in an attempt to catch Heno stealing.
USciences (3-15, 2-6 CACC) recorded its lone run of the day in the seventh on a LaPlante bases-loaded walk off of Emily Williams. She was 3-for-3 in game two for the Devils.
In addition to Stas, Heno and Wensel also had two hits each for the Rams—who had 11 in the game.
Philadelphia heads to Holy Family on Thursday, April 6 for a CACC doubleheader at 2 p.m.