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Softball Strikes First; Drops Doubleheader to Georgian Court

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team scored three runs in the first inning of game one of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader against Georgian Court on Friday afternoon, but the Lions stormed back to score 19 of the final 20 for a sweep (13-4, 6-0) of the Devils at McNeil Family Field.

USciences' three first-inning runs all came with two outs.

Emily Harris was hit by a pitch and after back-to-back walks by Lauren Davis and Gina Pustizzi, Rebecca Colandrea lined a single through the left side of the infield for the early advantage.

Sara Pietropola then doubled home Pustizzi to put the Devils on top 3-0.

Georgian Court (15-12, 6-2 CACC) responded with a run in the top of the second but other than that, starter Savanna Ruppert held the Lions to just one run through 3.2 innings. She was one out away from keeping the score 3-1 through four, but an error with the bases allowed three runs to score to give the Lions their first lead.

Those were the first three of 12 unearned runs to score. Back-to-back RBI base hits followed the three-run error, and GCU added seven more in the seventh, after USciences had scored one of its own in the bottom of the fourth. 

Kyla Colburn came on for Ruppert in the fifth and proceeded to throw back-to-back 1-2-3 frames, before the seven unearned runs in the seventh.

Camille Brown led the offense with the first three-hit game of her career, and she added one more in game two to complete a four-hit day.

Davis also reached base three times with two walks and a hit.

After a Gregorian Court leadoff double in game two, starter Katilyn Gaynor retired six in a row, including the final four by strikeout.

Those were the first four of six strikeouts for Gaynor on the day, which moved her into fifth in program history with 209 for her career.

USciences advanced runners to third base in both the first and second inning but failed to capitalize, and Georgian Court took advantage with a two-run home run in the top of the third that turned out to be all the Lions would need.

They added three more runs in the fifth – one of which was unearned - and the final one in the seventh, despite Gaynor limiting them to just six hits.

With Saturday's game at Concordia postponed and Sunday's game against Clarion cancelled, University of the Sciences (7-17, 4-6) next returns to the field on Monday, April 9 to host Jefferson at 2 p.m.