ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Third baseman Andrea Schell's two-run home run in the fifth inning brought home the eventual game-winning run as the Philadelphia University softball team earned a 6-5 game one win and a split with Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) leader Dominican (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon. The Chargers rallied to win game two, 7-6.
Schell's home run, her second of the season, capped a three-run inning that gave the Lady Rams (13-30, 10-16 CACC) a 6-2 lead. Second baseman Meaghan Lewis scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch.
The Chargers (33-15, 24-2 CACC), who entered the day seventh in the NCAA East Region Rankings, fought back with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth on a homer by right fielder Shelby Wassman.
Dominican threatened in the seventh by scoring a run on a third baseman Kathryn Coles single. Lady Rams' reliever Nicole Troisi got out of trouble and left a pair of Chargers on base to secure the win.
Starting pitcher Kaitlin MacQueen earned the victory after tossing 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Troisi picked up the save with 2.2 innings of relief.
Dominican's Delaney Childress struck out six in a complete-game loss.
Right fielder Samantha Riabko went 2-for-4, including a RBI double in the top of the first. Kacie DeMaio had one hit, a two-run single in the fourth. Shortstop Stephanie Martin and catcher Katie Renner each hit safely twice.
Dominican catcher Ashley Corrao and Wassmann had three hits a piece.
In game two the Chargers scored three times in the seventh, including the final two on a Lady Ram error, to come from behind and take the win.
Philadelphia had taken a 6-4 lead on a Riabko sixth inning three-run homer, her second of the year.
The Lady Rams grabbed a 3-2 lead when right fielder Margo DeBerardinis slugged a two-run homer down the left field line with one away in the fifth. It was her first home run.
Left fielder Victoria Laporte put the Chargers ahead 4-3 with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth.
Katrina Pistilli fanned eight during her complete-game win, while allowing six hits. Samantha Abromavage took the loss. She struck out four, allowing seven runs (three earned) on nine hits.
Riabko led the Philadelphia offense with two hits and four RBIs.
Plante and Laporte recorded two hits each for the Chargers.
Philadelphia closes out the 2012 season with a non-conference doubleheader at St. Thomas Aquinas Sunday, April 22 at noon.