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Devils’ On Fire in Game Two as they Salvage Split with Lightning

The University of the Sciences softball team equaled their season high in run production as they scored 11 runs in the second game of Friday afternoon's doubleheader with Goldey-Beacom College, defeating the Lightning 11-2 in five innings at McNeil Field in Philadelphia. 

The win salvaged a split of their two game series with the Lightning winning the opener  2-1 in eight innings.  USciences is now 8-12 overall and 6-6 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games while Goldey-Beacom  falls to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in league play. 

Julie Shaw earned her fourth win of the season and helped her own cause, reaching base all three times she came to the plate (two walks and an error).  Shaw allowed two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out one. 

The Devils had but seven hits in the game but took full advantage of  Lightning errors to produce their 11 runs. Gabrielle Adams went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch while Devon DeBellis drove in two runs with a double in three at-bats and also was hit by a pitch. 

DeBellis was nailed in the foot by GBC starter Ashley Antosh on the very first pitch she faced leading off the bottom half of the first and later scored the Devils first run coming around on the first Lightning error of the game.  Later in the inning, SamanthaLou Anastasio had a single to score Kerrianne Jones and make the score 2-0. 

The Lightning got one back on an RBI double from Caitlin Cavanaugh in the second before the Devils widened their lead by batting around in the bottom half of the inning. Shaw and Courtney Corcoran reached on errors and set the table for DeBellis who laced a double into right-center field clearing the bases.  Jones followed with a bunt single and advanced to second on an errant throw by Antosh as DeBellis scored. The Lightning's fourth error of the inning plated Jones and made the score 6-1. 

Not to be outdone, the Devils sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five times to blow the game open and take an 11-1 lead.   Three of the runs came on bases loaded walks to Jones, Shaw and Austyn Grim.  The other two runs scored when Haley Kavelak laced a two-out single  with Jones and Erin Summers  scoring on the play. 

The Lightning added a run in the top of the fifth to make the final score 11-2. 

In the opener Devils pitcher Courtney Spina allowed just six hits while striking out ten batters but it all went for naught as the Lightning broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth and went on to win 2-1.   Spina dropped to 4-6 with the loss. 

Kavelak and Jones had two hits apiece and Janelle Rodriguez had a hit and two walks in three trips to plate for the Devils, who as a team had eight hits but left a total of 11 runners on base. 

The Devils got their lone run on an Anastasio sacrifice fly in the first, scoring Jones who had reached on an error.  

GBC tied the game in the top half of the fourth when Cavanaugh laced a ground-rule double to left field and later scored on an outfield error.  The Devils left the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning and the scored remained 1-1. 

The remained even at 1-1 until the top of the eighth when the Lightning struck for the go-ahead run.  Ashley Zaccaria singled advanced on a sacrifice and came around to score on Samantha Alonzo's single.  In the bottom of the eighth , the Devils got the tying run on board in the bottom of the eighth but could not get the runner into scoring position as the Lightning hung on to win 2-1. 

Shannon O'Hara (3-1) got the win for Goldey-Beacom.