BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The Philadelphia University softball team outhit Bloomfield College in both ends of Saturday's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Clarks Pond South. However, the Rams dropped both games, 3-2 and 2-1.
In the opening game, Philadelphia (13-16, 8-6 CACC) had nine hits, compared to just five for Bloomfield, but the Bears scored three times in the seventh inning to walk off with the win.
Bloomfield started the final inning by drawing three walks to load the bases with only one out. Kiersten Coho and Mariah Frazier recorded back-to-back RBI fielder's choices that didn't result in outs to tie the game at two. With the bases still full of Bears, Delanie Cruz singled back up the middle to score Lauren Nickerson from third for the winning run.
Kirsten Wilson earned the winning pitcher, striking out seven over the seven innings. Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) was the hard-luck losing pitcher as she allowed five hits and fanned two Bears in 6.1 innings. She walked three batters, all in the seventh.
Philadelphia put together a two-out rally in the third inning to take the early lead. Madison Heno (Houston, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) was hit by a Wilson pitcher with two down and stole second base. She came around to score on a Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) double in the next at-bat.
Jovanna Alfonsi (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) doubled the advantage with a one-out double in the fifth inning. The base hit scored Heno, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Stas and Levins had two hits each for the Rams and the Bears' Mariah Frazier and Cruz recorded a pair of hits.
In game two, Alfonsi posted two of Philadelphia's five hits off of Bloomfield's Stephanie Miller.
Alfonsi came through with a two-out RBI double in the first inning to give Philadelphia the 1-0 lead. Stas started the game off with a single and scored on Alfonsi's first hit of the game.
Over the final six innings, the Rams managed just two hits.
Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Regional) held the Bears without a hit until there was one out in the fifth. Wilson began the frame with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then, Aubrey Orr broke up the no hitter and the shutout with a base hit to right to score Wilson and tie the game at one.
The score remained tied at one until the seventh. In the first at bat of the inning, Wilson hit a solo home run to right to give the Bears their second walk-off hit of the day.
Despite surrendering just three hits and striking out six Bloomfield batters, Pepper took the loss.
Philadelphia returns home to face Cabrini in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m.