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Softball Closes Out 2018 Season with Shutout Win at Concordia

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The University of the Sciences softball team closed out its 2018 season in style on Sunday afternoon, shutting out Concordia 6-0 at Clipper Softball Field in its final game of the year.  

University of the Sciences' 12 overall victories and nine wins in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play this year were both more than double its amount from a season ago. The nine league wins are the Devils' most since they had 10 in 2014. The future continues to look bright, with USciences returning 14-of-17 players.

Sunday marked the end of the careers or seniors Kyla Colburn, Brooke Chisholm and Emily Harris.

After Concordia shutout USciences 7-0 in game one, Kaitlyn Gaynor threw her second complete-game victory in as many days, and her seventh of the season, in game two. The shutout was her third of the year.

She allowed just thee hits and struck out eight, against just one walk.

Freshman Keiya Moncilovich was the offensive star in the nightcap as she produced the first three-hit game of her career. She opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth and then capped a four-run sixth with her second home run in as many days, a two-run blast over the center field fence.

Lauren Davis also drove in a run with a double in the four-run sixth, which began with a Harris double. After the first out an Alexandria Jackson single led to a run on an error, which then brought Davis to the plate.

Davis also completed the scoring with an RBI groundout in the sixth to make the score 6-0, after singles by Chisholm, Madison LaPlante and Jackson.

Those were the third hits of the nightcap for both LaPlante and Jackson. as University of the Sciences had 13 as a team, its second-highest total of the season.

LaPlante also had a multi-hit performance in game one, as she finished the doubleheader 5-for-7.

The three-hit performance for Jackson was the first of her career.  

Colburn, the starter, threw a perfect first inning in game one and reliever Savanna Ruppert threw a perfect third and fourth, but Concordia scored all seven of its runs in the second, fifth and sixth.

USciences ends the season 10th in the CACC, two spots ahead of its projected 12th place position in the Preseason Coaches Poll.