PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team held a 7-4 lead entering the final inning of game two of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Holy Family on Thursday, only to have the Tigers score four runs to walk-off and complete a sweep.
USciences recovered nicely from a 13-3 game one loss, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage through three and a half frames.
The Devils took their first lead on Lauren Davis' RBI single in the first and after Holy Family tied it with an RBI single of its own in the bottom half, Emily Torres' triple reestablished an advantage in the second after Sara Pietropola had walked with one out. Torres then scored on a passed ball when Brooke Chisholm walked.
Torres made it back-to-back innings in which she recorded an RBI when her single in the third made the score 4-1, and USciences continued to pad its lead with back-to-back two-out RBI base hits by Davis and Gina Pustizzi.
Starting pitcher Katilyn Gaynor worked her second straight 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half, but the Devils failed to score for the first time in the fifth and Holy Family took advantage with back-to-back home runs to cut the deficit to 6-4.
After a scoreless sixth, Torres continued to stay hot at the plate with yet another RBI triple, this one with two outs, to give USciences insurance after Pietropola had kept the frame alive with a walk.
An out was not recorded in the bottom half though, as five singles and two errors allowed Holy Family to walk-off with four runs, two of which were unearned.
Torres' three-hit game was the first of the freshman's career.
Pustizzi also had three hits to tie a career-best.
Pietropola reached base three times with three walks, while Harris and Davis both had two hits and two runs.
Davis led the offense in game one with the first three-hit game of her career, as she finished the doubleheader 5-for-7 with three RBIs and two runs.
Madison LaPlante finished 1-for-2 with a walk as she reached base twice in both games.
University of the Sciences cancelled out Holy Family's two third-inning runs with two runs of its own in the fourth, on a Davis single and a Camille Brown walk.
The Tigers came right back with five in the bottom half through, before adding one in the fifth and ending the game via the run-rule with five more in the sixth.
University of the Sciences will host Nyack for Senior Day on Saturday at 12 p.m. Prior to first pitch, the Devils will honor seniors Harris, Chisholm and Kyla Colburn.