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Gaynor’s Complete-Game, 13-Strikeout Performance Not Enough as Softball Swept by Chestnut Hill

Gaynor’s Complete-Game, 13-Strikeout Performance Not Enough as Softball Swept by Chestnut Hill

PHILADELPHIA – Despite a spectacular pitching performance from Kaitlyn Gaynor, the University of the Sciences softball team fell to Chestnut Hill 5-4 in 10 innings in game two to complete a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader sweep for the Griffins on Tuesday afternoon at McNeil Family Field.

Gaynor pitched all 10 innings and did not surrender an earned run, giving up just three hits and striking out a career-high 13. 

All five of Chestnut Hill's runs were counted as unearned, as the Griffin scored three in the third, one in the fourth and the game-winner in the 10th after the international run-rule took effect. 

After taking its first lead of the afternoon on an error in the second inning of game two, USciences had to fight back to force extras in the nightcap. Trailing 4-1 entering the sixth, the Devils plated three to tie the game and eventually force extra innings. 

Lauren Davis led off with a double, and Gina Pustizzi followed with a hit by pitch. After a groundout advanced the two to second and third, Davis came in to score on a wild pitch. 

After the second out was recorded Emily Harris walked to bring Camille Brown to the plate, and her infield single brought in Pustizzi to cut the deficit to one. 

Madison LaPlante then tied the game with a two-out single of her own. 

University of the Sciences had multiple opportunities to win the game, including loading the bases in the seventh. The Devils also had the leadoff man reach in the eighth and a runner on third with one out in the ninth. 

Each time Chestnut Hill got out of it though, and the Griffins finally came through with the game-winner in the 10th. 

Davis, Pustizzi, Brown and LaPlante each had two hits in game two, with Davis also walking and scoring the fourth inning run. 

Davis and LaPlante also reached base multiple times with a hit and a walk in game one, a 6-3 Chestnut Hill victory. 

Brown walked twice, and Keiya Moncilovich added a double and a walk. 

Savanna Ruppert came on to limit Chestnut Hill to two runs on six hits in four innings of relief, after the Griffins jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three and a half. She struck out four and did not walk a hitter, as she threw scoreless fifth, sixth and seventh frames. 

Davis tried to spark a USciences comeback in the bottom of the third when she followed a LaPlante walk with an RBI double to make the score 4-1, but Chestnut Hill answered with two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-1 advantage. 

USciences was able to get as close as three when two runs came home on Rebecca Colandrea's single in the bottom of the fifth, but the Devils stranded the bases loaded later on in the frame and were not able to further threaten in the sixth or seventh. 

University of the Sciences travels to Holy Family for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.