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Softball Explodes for 13 Runs in Season-Opener; Devils Split on Opening Day

Softball Explodes for 13 Runs in Season-Opener; Devils Split on Opening Day

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The University of the Sciences softball team exploded for 13 runs in its season-opener, its most runs in the last two seasons, as it defeated Salem International 13-5 in six innings on Saturday morning at Chowan.

The Devils followed that up with a 4-0 loss, with just one earned run, to the host Hawks afterwards.

USciences' 13 runs were its most since scoring 13 in a win at Philadelphia on March 31, 2015, while its 12 hits were its most since it had 13 in a win at Goldey-Beacom on March 29, 2016. 

Highlighting the performance was Brooke Chisholm, who had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate for her first career four-hit game. She had career-highs of four runs and three RBI, stole a base and had a double.

Gina Pustizzi and Emily Harris also reached base four times, finishing with two hits and two walks apiece.  

Pustizzi drove in a career-high four runs, while Harris scored a career-best three times to go along with two RBI.

Camille Brown also scored a career-high three runs as she finished 1-for-2 with two walks.

Freshman Emily Torres scored twice, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk.

Also finishing 1-for-3 with a walk, to go along with a run, was Madison LaPlante.

Freshman Savanna Ruppert earned the win in her first career collegiate apperance, working around 10 hits to yield three earned in her 4.2 innings of work. She walked just one batter while striking out two.

Kyla Colburn came on to throw the final 1.1 frames, surrendering just one hit and one earned run.

University of the Sciences took advantage of two unearned runs in the top of the first inning and would lead throughout.

After Salem International answered with a run of its own in the bottom half, the Devils scored three runs in both the second and third.

USciences put an exclamation point on the performance with a four-run sixth, after scoring one in the fifth.

The University of the Sciences bats cooled off against Chowan (5-6), as Kaitlyn Gaynor had the lone hit and also walked.

She also started on the mound and kept the Chowan bats at bay through three, including striking out the side in the third, before the Hawks scored the game's only four runs – one earned– in the fourth.

Gaynor ended up throwing the complete game, allowing just the one earned run on seven hits. She struck out seven and walked just two.

USciences closes out its season-opening weekend tomorrow with a matchup against ranked No. 16 West Chester at 9 a.m., before taking on Chowan again at 1 p.m.