April 19, 2012

Schell hits walk-off as Lady Rams split CACC doubleheader with Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University softball team was down to its final out when third baseman Andrea Schell came through with a two-run walk-off double to give the Lady Rams a 7-6 game two victory over Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe Holy Family Thursday afternoon. The Tigers took the first game, 6-5.

Second baseman Meaghan Lewis started the Lady Ram (12-29, 9-15 CACC) rally with a one-out walk. Starting pitcher Samantha Abromavage reached base with a single back through the box and advanced Lewis to second. Relief pitcher Nicole Troisi loaded the bases by reaching on a fielder's choice and both runners were safe because of a Tiger error. Two batters later, Schell­­­­—who had a game-winning single two days earlier at Goldey-Beacom—lined a pitch to deep right field which plated Lewis and Abromavage.

Schell finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Her other hit was a RBI triple in the second. At the plate, Abromavage was 3-for-4.

Holy Family (18-24, 11-13 CACC) broke a five-all tie in the top of the seventh with a single by third baseman Lindsey Iden, who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, that plated shortstop Samantha Borelli.

Shortstop Stephanie Martin pulled Philadelphia out of a three-run hole in the bottom of the fifth with her first home run of the year to tie the score at five. Catcher Katie Renner led the frame off with a walk and center fielder Samantha Riabko singled prior to the Martin round-tripper.

Holy Family took the 5-2 lead thanks to a three-run top of the fifth, which included RBI doubles by Iden and first baseman Erin Corrado.

Troisi went 2.2 innings and allowed one run on two hits to earn the win. Victoria Reuscher came in in the fifth, gave up two unearned runs on three hits, and took the loss.

Philadelphia nearly pulled out a come-from-behind win in game one, scoring twice in the seventh inning on a Lewis two-out single.

Holy Family jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three-and-a-half-innings. The Tigers scored on a Borrelli sacrifice fly and a Corrado RBI single in the third. One inning later center fielder Bianca Robinson, second baseman Danielle McDevitt and Borrelli hit consecutive two-out RBI singles.

The Lady Rams got on the board with a pair of runs thanks to two Holy Family errors in the home half of the fourth. Right fielder Alexandra Hultberg singled to start the frame. Left fielder Emma Haley laid down a sacrifice bunt; however, Reuscher threw the ball down the right field line. Then the ball scooted passed right fielder AnnMarie Dalton and that allowed Haley to circle the bases.

The teams traded a single run in the fifth.

Haley led the Philadelphia seven-hit attack with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate. Robinson and Corrado had two hits a piece for the Tigers.

Reuscher was the winning pitcher after throwing a complete game. Troisi suffered the defeat, striking out five in six innings.

Philadelphia closes out the season with a pair of road doubleheaders. The first twinbill is Saturday, April 21 against Dominican (N.Y.) at noon.

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