Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia University softball team (19-18, 10-10 CACC) got a conference sweep over Holy Family University (15-25, 8-8 CACC) with 2-1 and 1-0 wins on Thursday afternoon. Freshman pitcher Ali Schmidt (Cordova, MD/ Easton) tossed two complete games and compiled 22 strikeouts on the day.
In game one, the Lady Rams struck in the third inning as sophomore outfielder Jen Richard (Millstone Twp., NJ/ Allentown) tripled to right field and was brought in on an RBI single by junior outfielder Kristyn Loughery (Phoenixville, PA/ Phoenixville) to take a 1-0 lead. Loughery went 3-3 at the plate in the contest.
PhilaU added the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Loughery smacked a double and was brought in with by a long double to center field from freshman catcher Katie Renner (Berryville, VA/ Brunswick).
HFU got their lone run on a single by junior pitcher Shauna Searfoss in the sixth, but that would be it as PhilaU held on for the 2-1 win.
Game two was locked in a 0-0 tie until the bottom of the ninth inning as junior third baseman Kristin Giamatteo (Bellmore, NY/ Wellington Mepham) hit the game-winning single to center field to bring in Loughery and win it 1-0. Another highlight for the Lady Rams was Schmidt's first hit of the season- a double to right field in the eighth inning.
The sweep puts the Lady Rams in fifth-place in the CACC standings. The team will need to stay in the top eight through the finish of the regular season to qualify for the CACC Tournament on April 30th-May 2nd at Georgian Court University.