CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore pitcher Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) tossed the fourth no-hitter in Philadelphia University softball history to lead the Rams to a 3-0 victory over 19th-ranked University of Indianapolis to highlight the team's second day of action in the PFX Spring Games. In the second game, Philadelphia was defeated by St. Cloud State University, 15-0 in five innings.
Stas was masterful in her performance against the Greyhounds (13-5) to give the Rams their first win of the season (1-4). In seven innings of work, Stas fanned six batters and retired the final 20 batters she faced. The lone blemish was a walk to Jessie Noone, the second hitter of the game.
The no-hitter is first since Alexandra Schmidt turned in a perfect game against Chestnut Hill on April 24, 2010. Stas recorded the first seven-inning no-hitter in program history. The previous three no-hitters went five innings, five innings, and six innings.
All of the Philadelphia came in the top of the fourth inning. With runners at first and third, Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) put the Rams on the board with a one-out double to plate Madison Heno (Houston, Texas/St. Agnes Academy), who started the frame off with a walk. Stas—who has also 3-for-4 in the victory—helped her own cause by singling home Megan Letos (Bristow, Va./Stonewall Jackson) to increase the gap to 2-0. Philadelphia scored the third run on a perfectly executed double steal that allowed Stas to move up to second and Weaver to scamper home.
Weaver finished the game with two hits in three at-bats, while Letos had one hit.
In the second game, the Rams managed just two hits off of Husky (15-4) pitching. Kayla Henry-Caltabellotta (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) and Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) recorded back-to-back one-out singles in the second inning. Philadelphia was unable to get the ball out of the infield, hitting into consecutive fielder's choices, and stranded two runners on base.
St. Cloud State sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored seven times. The first five Huskies reached base safely to start the second inning. St. Cloud State turned that momentum into four runs to increase the lead to 11-0. The Huskies took advantage of two Ram errors to push four more runs across in the third.
Rebecca Harps had three of St. Cloud State's nine hits, while Abby Bunnell and Alyssa Colletto both drove in three runs.
Philadelphia continues the PFX Spring Games on Monday, March 13 against Indiana (Pa.) and Bridgeport.