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Late Run Gives Wilmington Doubleheader Sweep of Softball

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

NEW CASTLE, Del. – A sixth inning run gave Wilmington an eventual 2-1 win in the nightcap, and therefore a doubleheader sweep of the University of the Sciences softball team in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Wednesday afternoon.

USciences took advantage of two Wilmington errors to take the lead in the top of the first in game two.

Wilmington (21-12, 9-4 CACC) answered with a two-out home run in the bottom half, but starting pitcher Kaitlyn Gaynor kept the Wildcats at bay for the next four innings, including working two 1-2-3 frames. 

After getting the first out in the bottom of the sixth, she surrendered three consecutive singles that gave Wilmington its eventual game-winning run. 

Those were three of the just five hits that Gaynor gave up. She struck out nine, without a walk, to fall one punch out shy of her third career double -digit strikeout game.

Emily Harris led the offense with one of USciences' three hits, and she also recorded two sacrifice bunts.

University of the Sciences (8-20, 5-9) nearly erased a three-run Wilmington first inning in game one with two runs in the top of the fourth.

After Harris led off with a double down the left field line, Lauren Davis doubled her home with a liner to center field.

A Madison LaPlante groundout moved Davis up to third, and she came in to score on Gina Pustizzi's fielder's choice.

Wilmington came right back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth though, two of which were unearned, and after a scoreless top of the fifth the Wildcats put the game away with three sixth-inning runs.

Kyla Colburn came in to throw a scoreless frame in the seventh.

Davis reached base twice, walking in addition to her fourth inning double.

University of the Sciences hosts CACC leader Caldwell for a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.