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Softball Rallies in Game One; Gaynor Tosses Shutout in Game Two for Sweep of Goldey-Beacom

Softball Rallies in Game One; Gaynor Tosses Shutout in Game Two for Sweep of Goldey-Beacom

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team swept Goldey-Beacom in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, overcoming three multi-run deficits in a 5-4 game one triumph before Kaitlyn Gaynor threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout in a 5-0 game two win.

Still trailing 4-3 despite scoring in each of its previous three at-bats, USciences (6-14, 3-3 CACC) finally took its first lead of the afternoon on Sara Pietropola's clutch two-out, two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth of game one.

A four-run third in game two then proved to be plenty for Gaynor.

After a Harris infield single and Lauren Davis triple – both with two outs - quickly put the Devils ahead in the first inning, Brooke Chisholm led off the four-run third with a bunt single.

Madison LaPlante followed with an RBI triple to extend her streak of consecutive hits to begin the doubleheader to six, after recording her first career four-hit game in game one.

After a Harris RBI groundout, Davis singled to bring Gina Pustizzi to the plate.

The sophomore provided the exclamation point with a home run over the left field fence, her team-best third of the season and the fifth of her career to move into a tie for fifth in program history. 

Gaynor took over from there as no runner reached scoring position in what was the junior's first career shutout, and USciences' first since the 2016 season. Only three runners reached on two hits and a walk, while seven struck out.

In addition to Davis, LaPlante and Rebecca Colandrea both had two hits. It was Colandrea's first multi-hit game of the season.  

LaPlante finished the doubleheader 6-for-7 with three RBIs, two runs, two extra base hits and a stolen base.

Pustizzi also walked, in addition to her home run.  

LaPlante and Davis came around to score the tying and go-ahead run on Pietropola's game-winning single in game one. LaPlante had led off the frame with a double – her fourth hit of the game - and after the first out was recorded, Davis walked.

Following the second out, Emily Torres drew a base on balls to keep the inning alive for Pietropola.

Savanna Ruppert then came on to close out the victory with her third inning of scoreless relief, despite Goldey-Beacom threatening with runners on second and third with one out.

She struck out the next batter and after a walk to load the bases, she put a stamp on a performance in which she surrendered just two hits with a ground out to end the game.

The seventh inning walk was only Ruppert's only base on balls, while the strikeout was her third.

LaPlante's four-hit performance was the first of her career. In addition to scoring the tying run in the seventh, she also had RBI singles in both the third and fourth to cut deficits to two runs (3-1 and 4-2).

Both of those singles scored Brooke Chisholm, as the senior reached base twice with a hit and a walk.

In total six Devils reached base at least twice including Davis and Pietropola, who did so three times.

Davis walked twice and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, while Pietropola's two-hit effort was the third multi-hit performance of her career.

Also reaching base twice via a hit and a walk were Torres and Keiya Moncilovich.  

Goldey-Beacom scored twice in the first inning and went ahead 3-0 with another run in the third, before re-establishing a three-run lead, 4-1, in the top of the fourth.

University of the Sciences continues CACC play tomorrow, March 28, with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Bloomfield.