LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The Philadelphia University softball team's tremendous run through the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament came to an end with a five-inning 12-3 loss to Caldwell University Sunday afternoon on Georgian Court University Softball Field #1.
Philadelphia—who entered the tournament as the seven seed—reached the final day of the CACC Tournament for the first time in program history. The Rams end the season with a 25-28 overall record. The 25 wins are the second-most in program history.
After giving up a pair of first-inning runs, Philadelphia battled back to score three times and take a 3-2 lead after the two of the second inning.
Courtney Wensel started the one-out rally with a double off the left-field fence. Megan Letos put Philadelphia on the board by slapping a triple over the head of the drawn in right fielder to bring Wensel home. With Shannon Weaver drawing a walk to put Rams at the corners, Weaver broke for second base and drew a throw from catcher Marisa Monasseri. Monasseri's throw ended up in center field to allow Letos to score the tying run and Weaver to go to third. Naomi Stas made the score 3-2 with a go-ahead infield single. The single was the 100th hit in Stas' two-year career.
Katelyn Johnson tied the game up at third during Caldwell's turn in the second inning with a solo home run. The Cougars tacked on three two-out runs in the third to claim a three-run lead, 6-3.
Caldwell (44-13) had three hits and took advantage of two Philadelphia errors to break the game open with a six-run fourth to increase the margin to 12-3. Jessie Johnston had a two-run single and Christina Misiur capped the inning with a pinch-hit three-run homer to left.
Led by two hits each from Stas and Letos, Philadelphia outhit Caldwell 8-7. Kiahna Silva had two hits in three at-bats for the Cougars.
Sydney Ponto recorded six strikeouts over five innings to record the win. Ponto was named the CACC Tournament MVP. Stephanie Pepper allowed six hits in 3.2 innings in a losing effort. Only four of the 11 runs scored were earned.
Monica Levins, Stas, and Pepper all represented the Rams on the CACC All-Tournament Team.