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Softball Strikes First Against CACC Leader Caldwell; Cougars Take Doubleheader Over Devils

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team took a lead on Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) leader Caldwell in the first inning of game one, but it was all Cougars from that point on as they swept the Devils in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at McNeil Family Field.

Camille Brown led off the bottom of the first with a single and after an Emily Harris walk and a strikeout, USciences took the first lead of the afternoon on Lauren Davis' single.

Caldwell (17-13, 11-1 CACC) came right back with two runs in the top of the second, one of which was unearned, but starter Savanna Ruppert settled in and kept the Cougars at bay with scoreless third and fourth frames.

University of the Sciences could not advance a runner into scoring position though, and Caldwell finally broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth, before closing out the scoring with an unearned run in the sixth.

That was the only blemish against reliever Kyla Colburn, who came in with two outs in the fifth and proceeded to throw 2.1 innings without giving up an earned run.

Harris led the offense in game one as she added a third inning single, in addition to her first inning walk. She also had one of USciences' four hits in the nightcap.

Caldwell began game two with 12 runs in the first two innings to cruise to an eventual 13-0 win.

Notably, Colburn came on to throw in the fifth and did not surrender an earned run, giving her 3.1 innings pitched without giving up one on the day.

University of the Sciences (8-22, 5-11) hosts Chestnut Hill for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.