The University of the Sciences softball team put 17 runs across the plate as they swept their home opener against Nyack College, defeating the Warriors 11-7 and 6-1 Saturday afternoon at McNeil Field.
The two wins improve the Devils record to 3-9 overall and 2-0 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Nyack falls to 0-10 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The Devils had 14 hits in the opener, their highest single game total this season and the highest team total since getting 15 hits against Nyack last season. A pair of freshmen, Ashley Lewis (Willingboro HS/Willingboro, N.J.) and Jenna Hohenberger (Overbrook HS/Clementon, N.J.) led the way, with Lewis going 4-4 with three runs scored and an RBI and Hohenberger going 3-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Katie Dickson (Kingsway Regional HS/Swedesboro, N.J.) addedtwo hits and drove in four runs while SamanthaLou Anastasio (St. Joseph by the Sea HS/Staten Island, N.J.) had two hits.
In the circle, Cassie Lapotsky (North Schuylkill HS/Ashland, Pa.) picked up her second win of the season, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing six runs while striking out six. Brittany Granahan (Maple Shade HS/Maple Shade, N.J.) entered in relief and closed out the game, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out two to earn her first collegiate save.
Sciences scored six times in their first two at-bats to take a 6-0 lead heading into the third inning. A walk to Barbara Barron (Washington Twp. HS/Sicklerville, N.J.) and a bunt single by Lewis and subsequent throwing error produced the Devils first run and left Lewis on third. Janelle Rodriguez (Sacred Heart HS/Vineland, N.J.) then walked and stole second before Dickson grounded out to bring home Lewis with the second USci run. Two batters later Jackie Keifer (Archbishop Prendergast HS/Aldan, Pa.) doubled to left field to bring home Anastasio and give Sciences a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, Devon DeBellis (Bishop Eustace HS/Marlton, N.J.) drew a 5-pitch walk and Hohenberger followed with a single. Barron sacrificed both runners into scoring position and Lewis drove in Debellis with an infield hit with Hohenberger moving to third. Lewis stole second and the two runners then scored on Dickson's single up the middle.
Nyack got four runs back in the top half of the third with the big blow being a bases-clearing double by Meghan Richards, plating three runs. A throwing error by Richards in the bottom half of the inning allowed Debellis to score, producing another Devils run to give Sciences a 7-4 lead.
The Warriors plated two more in the fifth to pull within one, 7-6, getting back-to-back extra base hits from Christina Kline (double) and Elaina Vasquez (triple) and then a two-out single from Tori Flemming. Granahan then tossed a 1-2 changeup to Kathleen McClain for a called third strike to end the threat.
Hohenberger got the two runs back for the Devils with one swing of the bat, belting a triple into left center field to score Debellis and Courtney Corcoran (West Chester East HS/West Chester, Pa.). Nyack added an unearned run in the top half of the sixth to make the score 9-7 before the Devils plated to more to round out the scoring in the bottom half of the sixth.
Lewis singled for her fourth hit of the game to lead off the sixth and later came around to score on Dickson's RBI double, her fourth RBI of the game. With Lindsay Regan (Old Forge HS/Old Forge, Pa.) running for Dickson, Anastasio singled through the left side and took second as Regan scored.
Granahan retired the Nyack in order in the top half of the seventh to give the Devils the 11-7 win.
In the nightcap, Dickson and Debellis had multi-hit games and Lewis reached base three times in four plate appearances as the Devils rode a complete game effort from freshman pitcher Nicole Ayers (New Oxford HS/Abbottstown, Pa.) to a 6-1 win to complete the two-game sweep.
Dickson went 3-4 with an RBI while DeBellis went 2-3 with a double and two RBI. Lewis was 1-3 with a walk and a triple and also reached on an error. Ayers struck out seven Nyack batters and allowed just one unearned run on five hits for her first collegiate win.
Lewis tripled to open the third inning and Debellis followed with an RBI double and later moved to third on a wild pitch. Dickson then delivered a one-out single up the middle to give Sciences a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning Keifer led off with a single and advanced to second on Regan's second sacrifice bunt of the game. Her two sacrifices tie a school single-game record, set nine times previously, the last by Nicole Rivera (Our Lady of Mercy HS/Pittsford, N.Y.) last season. Keifer then advanced to third on Hohenberger's single and scored when the Nyack centerfielder over ran the ball. Lewis then reached on an error and stole second. Hohenberger then scored on a squeeze play by Debellis to give the Devils a 4-0 lead.
Single runs by the Devils in the fifth and sixth inning made the score 6-0. Kiersten Badzgon's (Keystone Oaks HS/Pittsburgh, Pa.) infield groundout in the fifth scored Corcoran while Lewis scored in the sixth on a Nyack infield error.
Nyack threatened in the seventh scoring an unearned run with nobody out and put two more runners in scoring position before Ayers got Kim Yano to strike out looking to end the game.
The Devils return to action on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 when they face Holy Family University. The doubleheader originally scheduled at Holy Family's field has been moved to McNeil Field due to poor field conditions at the Tigers home field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. – weather permitting.