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Softball Teams Earns Split against Eagles

The University of the Sciences softball team took their longest conference road trip of the season on Saturday and came away with a split of their two-game series at Post University, winning the opener 4-2 while losing the second game 3-1 at LaMoy Field in Waterbury, Connecticut. 

The Devils record now stands at 12-14 overall and 10-8 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games.  Post is now 10-24 overall and 8-10 in league play. 

Saturday's doubleheader also saw the end of one hitting streak and the continuation of another as freshman second baseman Devon DeBellis was held hitless for the first time since March 26th, a span of eight games, in the first game of the twinbill.  DeBellis added a hit in the second game to extend her streak on consecutive games reaching base to ten, having reached on an error in the first game.  Meanwhile, sophomore first baseman Courtney Corcoran had a pair of hits in the opening game and added another in the nightcap to extend her hitting streak to seven games. Junior centerfielder Erin Summers had hits in both games to push her hitting streak up to five games. 

Junior pitcher Courtney Spina won her third consecutive game, going the distance in the first game to improve her record to 7-6 on the season.  Spina allowed just two runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out one. 

The Devils struck first in the opener, taking advantage of two Eagle errors in the third as Haley Kavelak singled to score Kerrianne Jones and give the Devils a 1-0 lead.  Singles by Corcoran, Janelle Rodriguez and Spina started the fourth inning.  Corcoran was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Spina's hit by Rodriguez scored as DeBellis reached on an error to make the score 2-0.  An infield groundout by Jones plated Spina and gave the Devils a 3-0 lead. 

Corcoran's second hit of the game in the fifth scored Haley Kavelak and gave the Devils a 4-0 lead.  SamanthaLou Anastasio added her third hit of the game in the sixth but the devils stranded a runner a third base. 

The Eagles banged out four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the Devils lead in half, 4-2.  Post also loaded the bases in their final at-bat before Spina recorded her only strikeout of the game to end the threat and get the win. 

In the second game of the twinbill, Post scored twice in the second inning and made it stand up as they salvaged a split with a 3-1 win.  Julie Shaw took the loss for Sciences, falling to 5-8 on the season.  The junior right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out three while throwing her 13th complete game of the season. 

Stephanie DeMartino doubled and Kim Benson followed with a triple to score DeMartino with the first Eagle run in game 2.  Rebecca Erb followed with a single to score Bentson and give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. 

The Devils closed the gap to 2-1 in the fourth as Anastasio walked and advanced to second on a groundout.  A single from Rodriguez put runners on the corners before Shaw reached first on an error allowing pinch runner Samantha Shaver to score. 

DeMartino's second extra-base hit of the game drove in the final Eagle run in the fifth inning, giving Post a 3-1 lead.   The Devils managed just one hit in their final two at-bats as the game ended with the Eagles on top. 

The Devils return to action on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 when they travel south to face Wilmington University for a pair of CACC games in New Castle, Delaware.