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Long Ball, Gaynor Propel Softball to Split at Felician

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

LYNDHURST, N.J. – The long ball, along with Kaitlyn Gaynor's complete game, propelled the University of the Sciences softball team to a split in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Felician on Saturday.

Keiya Moncilovich and Madison LaPlante both hit two-out, two-run home runs in game two, which proved to be just enough for Gaynor, who pitched her sixth complete-game victory of the season.

Moncilovich's home run opened the scoring in the second and after Felican got within one on a homer in the bottom-half, LaPlante provided a cushion with her blast in the fourth. 

Gaynor was cruising through five innings, having surrendered just two hits with three 1-2-3 frames. She ran into trouble in the sixth however as a two-run home run cut the deficit to just one.

Gaynor bared down to strand runners on second and third and after a Lauren Davis RBI reestablished a two-run advantage, 5-3, in the top of the seventh, she worked around an error to salvage the split. 

The junior struck out six to move into third in program history with 262 for her career. She gave up just five hits and did not walk a batter.

LaPlante's home run was one of her two hits in the nightcap, with Rebecca Colandrea and Emily Harris also providing multi-hit efforts.

Harris also made history in game one, singling in the first inning to reach the 100-hit milestone.

Camille Brown led USciences with two hits in game one, a 9-1 Felician victory.

The Devils actually struck in the first inning when LaPlante doubled home Brooke Chisholm, after she walked and advanced to second on Harris' milestone hit.

Starter Kyla Colburn held Felician (16-10 CACC) scoreless in first, but the Golden Falcons took the lead for good with two runs in the second. They then broke the game open with five runs in the second, all of which were unearned.

University of the Sciences (6-16) closes out its 2018 season tomorrow when it plays at Concordia for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.