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Softball Loses Lead in Sixth Inning of Both Games of Doubleheader at Post

Softball Loses Lead in Sixth Inning of Both Games of Doubleheader at Post

WATERBURY, Conn. – The University of the Sciences softball held the lead entering the bottom of the sixth in both games of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Post on Saturday, only to have the Eagles come back with big innings in both for a sweep.

USciences quickly bounced back from a tough 6-4 game one loss with a two-out rally in the first inning of the nightcap.

After the first two outs were quickly recorded, Lauren Davis kept the frame alive with a triple and came in to score on Gina Pustizzi's single.

Back-to-back singles by Madison LaPlante and Rebecca Colandrea then brought Pustizzi home. 

The big hit came when Emily Torres homered over the center field fence to complete the five-run outburst with two outs. It was the freshman's second home run of the season.

Starter Kyla Colburn then gave up just one unearned run on two hits through five innings, with three three-up, three-down frames.

The sixth proved to be trouble for USciences once more though as Post's first four batters all recorded a hit, leading to three runs, before a Devils error led to three more unearned scoring.

University of the Sciences was not able to threaten in the top of the seventh.

Notably, eight of nine Devils in the stating lineup recorded a hit, with Davis and Pustizzi also drawing walks. Pustizzi also reached base twice in game one. 

After going down 3-0 through two innings of game one, it was four-run third inning that gave USciences the lead before Post rallied with three in the bottom of the sixth.

Trailing 6-4 entering its last at-bat, the Devils loaded the bases to bring the tying run into scoring position and the winning run to first base after Davis led off with a double, an error, a strikeout and a Keiya Moncilovich walk.

Post was able to get back-to-back strikeouts to quickly put an end to the threat though, securing the game-one victory.

Davis' seventh-inning double was her second hit of the game.

LaPlante also went reached base twice with a double and a walk, while Pustizzi walked twice.

University of the Sciences had runners reach scoring position in two of its first three at-bats, and the Devils finally broke through in the top of the fourth.

It took only one hit, a Kaitlyn Gaynor leadoff double, to plate the four runs. An error on the next play also aided USciences, as did two walks, two wild pitches and a hit by pitch throughout the frame.

Gaynor, the starting pitcher, was able to make the lead stick with scoreless fourth and fifth innings.

She then got the first two outs of the sixth, before back-to-back two-out doubles gave Post the lead back and an error pushed the advantage to two.

Gaynor ended the day with seven strikeouts to move into sixth in program history with 189 for her career. 

With Sunday's doubleheader against Clarion postponed, University of the Sciences returns to the field when it hosts Goldey-Beacom for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.