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Softball Bounces Back from Extra Innings Loss in Game One; Splits Doubleheader with Jefferson

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team bounced back from a tough extra-innings loss in game one to salvage a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader split with Jefferson on Monday at McNeil Family Field. 

USciences (8-18, 5-7 CACC) had extended game one when Keiya Moncilovich's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth cancelled out Jefferson's unearned run from the top-half of the inning to tie the score at 3-3, only to have Jefferson explode for seven runs in the top of the ninth, three of which were unearned.  

Despite a first inning run for Jefferson in game two, starter Kaitlyn Gaynor settled in to make sure that the Devils would end the day with a split. She shutout the Rams over the final six frames to put a stamp on her fourth consecutive complete game. The junior worked around eight hits, walking just one against six strikeouts. 

All the offense USciences needed came in the third, when four unearned runs crossed. After Sara Pietropola, Camille Brown and Emily Harris walked, a two-out error allowed all three to score. 

Gaynor then came through with her bat to complete the scoring with a single, before going out to strand the bases loaded in the top of the fourth. 

She closed out the game with her first 1-2-3 frame in seventh.

Harris' walk in the fourth was one of two for her in the nightcap, and she tied her career-high with three hits in game one as part of a day in which she finished 3-for-6 with three RBI, two walks and the run. 

Madison LaPlante also had three hits in the opener, as University of the Sciences matched Jefferson with nine hits. 

The Devils erased Jefferson's two-run third inning with two of their own in the fifth on Harris' two-RBI single. Madison Elie led off the frame with a single and Brown walked, before each moved up a base on a wild pitch. 

Harris also drove in Elie with a single in the ninth to set a new career-high with her third RBI. 

Starter Savanna Ruppert took the tough loss despite tossing the first 8.2 innings. She had allowed just two earned runs in her first eight frames, and surrendered just two earned runs in the ninth. She scattered nine hits, while striking out three and walking two. 

With tomorrow's doubleheader at Millersville cancelled, University of the Sciences next plays on Wednesday when it travels to Wilmington for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader.