BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences softball team came back from a game one run-rule loss in empathic fashion, run-ruling Bloomfield 10-0 in game two as Kaitlyn Gaynor threw her second shutout in as many days to help the Devils split a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Wednesday.
Entering yesterday without a shutout in her career, Gaynor now has two in two days. The junior struck out seven in her five innings of her work to become the sixth Devil in program history to surpass 200 career strikeouts. She improved to 4-3 on the year as she gave up five hits and walked just one.
USciences (7-15, 4-4 CACC) bounced right back from its game one setback with a first inning run in game two, before exploding for seven runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
Camille Brown and Madison LaPlante led off with back-to-back singles and after the first out, Lauren Davis walked to load the bases. Gina Pustizzi's sacrifice fly gave the Devils their first lead of the afternoon.
The first seven Devils to come to the plate in the third reached base, with Brown and LaPlante starting the rally once again with a single and a walk. Emily Harris drove them both in with a double and after a Davis base on balls, Pustizzi provided the exclamation point with a three-run home run – her second in as many days.
The sophomore has four home runs this season and six for her career, which already ranks fifth in program history. She tied her career-high with four RBIs for the third time this season.
USciences scored two more third-inning runs on an error, before Rebecca Colandrea complete the scoring with a two-RBI double in the fourth to make it three Devils with multiple RBI's.
Harris added two hits and scored twice.
Brown also had two hits after reaching base twice in game one, while LaPlante and Davis each reached base twice and scored two runs.
After Bloomfield scored five runs in the first two innings of game one, University of the Sciences pulled within two with three runs of their own in the third.
After back-to-back walks by Emily Torres and Brown to open the frame, a Brooke Chisholm ground out advanced the two to second and third. LaPlante walked to load the bases, and Harris doubled to put USciences on the board. Davis then completed the inning with an RBI groundout.
Bloomfield (3-8, 3-3 CACC) came right back with a run in the bottom half though, and three more in the bottom of the fourth before closing out the game with two in the fifth for an 11-3 final.
Brown was the lone Devil to reach base twice in game one, as she also added a fifth-inning single in her second plate appearance.
University of the Sciences returns to its non-conference schedule this Friday, March 30 when it hosts Bridgeport for a doubleheader at 2 p.m.