PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) softball team (5-7, 0-2 CACC) suffered a pair of losses to Bloomfield (4-7, 2-0 CACC) in the Rams' conference opener on Sunday. The Bears won game one, 5-2 and took the second contest, 4-2.
GAME ONE – L, 5-2
Bloomfield struck quickly in the opener, pushing across four runs in the first inning. The Bears benefitted from an RBI single and a three-run home run. They added another run in the second on an error. Jefferson posted its two runs in the third as freshman Winnai Hoyt picked up her first collegiate homer, launching a two-run shot to left field.
After issuing a lead-off walk in the third, senior Stephanie Pepper retired the last 12 Bears' hitters to give the Rams a chance to come back. They brought the tying run to the plate in the fourth and seventh innings but could not find the equalizer.
GAME TWO – L, 4-2
The contest was scoreless through the first 3.5 innings before Bloomfield registered two runs in the fourth on a double. The Rams got within one in the fifth when freshman Dallas Urban knocked in senior Erin Maher with a base hit.
The Bears increased their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning via a two-run error. Jefferson made it 4-2 in the sixth as junior Breck Urban came home on a fielder's choice. The Rams loaded the bases in the sixth but could not get another run home. They also had the tying run on base in the seventh but Bloomfield was able to induce a groundout to secure the victory.
Jefferson Softball remains at home and takes on city and conference rival Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m.