PHILADELPHIA – Facing the third ranked team in the region, Kaitlyn Gaynor struck out 10 and limited Le Moyne to just one run, but it was not enough as the Dolphins won game two 1-0 to sweep the University of the Sciences softball team in its home finale at McNeil Family Field on Tuesday afternoon.
After dropping game one 8-0, USciences needed a spark and got it from Gaynor. Her only blemish was a one-out RBI single in the top of the first. She scattered seven hits and walked just one, and at one point she retired eight straight.
It was the junior's fifth career double-digit strikeout game, as she became just the fourth Devil in program history to surpass 250 career strikeouts.
University of the Sciences could never get any momentum going with the bats though, as it did not advance a runner into scoring position.
Gina Pustizzi was the bright spot, as she reached base in all three plate appearances with two walks and a seventh-inning single to give the Devils the tying run on base in their final at-bat.
USciences advanced just two runners into scoring position in the opener, as Le Moyne - the No. 3 team in the East Region - jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings and added one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
Only five of the runs scored on starting pitcher Kyla Colburn counted as earned. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.
University of the Sciences plays the first of three road doubleheaders in four days when it travels to face West Chester - the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region - at 2 p.m. on Thursday, in a doubleheader being made up from March 23.