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Softball Scores First; Drops Doubleheader to Shippensburg on Sunday

Softball Scores First; Drops Doubleheader to Shippensburg on Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team scored the first run of the afternoon, but the Devils ultimately fell to Shippensburg in both games of a doubleheader at McNeil Family Field on Sunday afternoon.

After starting pitcher Kyla Colburn held the Raiders scoreless through three and a half innings in game one, Brooke Chisholm sparked a two-out rally in the bottom of the third with a walk. Emily Harris singled to advance Chisholm to third, allowing her to score the afternoon's first run on a passed ball.

Shippensburg (11-7) took control of game one in the top of the fourth though, sending 16 batters to the plate en route to scoring 11 runs, six of which were unearned. The Raiders had eight hits in the frame, and took advantage of three USciences errors.

Despite its fourth double-digit hit output of the season, University of the Sciences could never get back into the game.

Three Devils had multiple hits while scoring a run including Harris, who also had two hits in the nightcap to finish the doubleheader 4-for-7.

Lauren Davis also had two hits and she drove in a run, while Gina Pustizzi had two hits and a walk.

Notably, both Sara Pietropola and Brittany Rickard both had two-RBI base hits, with Pietropla also drawing a walk.

Chisholm walked twice and scored twice, and she also drew two base on balls in the nightcap to finish the day with four. She added a hit in game two to reach base in all three plate appearances.

Kaitlyn Gaynor came on to close out the fourth inning and proceeded to throw 3.2 innings without allowing an earned run, with two unearned runs scoring in the seventh. She gave up four hits and struck out three, against one walk.

In game two, Shippensburg scored two unearned runs in the top of the first and never looked back. The Raiders added one run in the third and four more in the fifth, before USciences finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.

Harris drove in Emily Torres with a single, and Madison LaPlante came in to score on Pustizzi's bases-loaded walk. Those two had both led off the frame with back-to-back singles.

University of the Sciences (4-12) is back at McNeil Family Field on Tuesday, when it hosts Goldey-Beacom for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at 2:30 p.m.