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Gaynor Becomes All-Time Strikeouts Leader; Softball Drops Pitcher’s Duel in Game One of Doubleheader Sweep Against Second-Place Wilmington

Gaynor Becomes All-Time Strikeouts Leader; Softball Drops Pitcher’s Duel in Game One of Doubleheader Sweep Against Second-Place Wilmington

PHILADELPHIA – Senior Kaitlyn Gaynor became the program's all-time leader in strikeouts, as the University of the Sciences softball team dropped a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader to second-place Wilmington on Tuesday afternoon at FDR Park. 

Gaynor ended the afternoon with 342 punch-outs, breaking Courtney Spina's (2010-13) record of 338. 

She was locked in a pitcher's duel in game one, which was scoreless through five frames, featuring just five hits. 

University of the Sciences had two hits in each of its first two at-bats but could not capitalize with runners in scoring position 

Gaynor meanwhile held Wilmington to just one hit, a bunt single, through five frames. 

The Wildcats finally broke through with a two-out RBI single in the sixth, before tacking on two more insurance runs on a two-out RBI triple in the seventh. 

USciences threatened in the seventh, as Nina Cencetti singled with one out and Brittany Rickard walked with two away to bring the tying run to the plate, but the Devils could not drive in a run. 

The seventh inning base on balls was the second time Rickard reached, as she also had a single. 

Wilmington (26-10, 14-2 CACC) took game two 8-0, aided by four unearned runs. 

University of the Sciences is back in action tomorrow, traveling to Jefferson for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader.