PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball erased multiple deficits in eventual 5-3 and 4-3 defeats to Concordia in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at FDR Park.
The Devils came back from trailing to tie the score four times, but would never hold on a lead.
After USciences had come back from down one run three times in game two, Concordia broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the top of the seventh.
The Devils had one more comeback in them, as an error and a Gina Pustizzi single gave them runners on first and second with one out.
Pinch-runner Lauren Ordemann advanced to third on a flyout and Pustizzi proceeded to steal second during the next at-bat to give USciences the potential game-winning run on second, but the Devils could not drive it in.
Three Gabrielle Simms leadoff doubles led to all three of University of the Sciences' three runs in game two, in the first, third and fifth innings.
It was the freshman's fourth multi-hit performance in five games, and her second three-hit game of the year.
Rebecca Colandrea joined Pustizzi and Simms in recording multiple hits in the nightcap.
In game one, University of the Sciences negated a three-run Concordia first with one run in the first and two more in the third.
LaPlante played a part in both scoring innings, doubling home Simms in the first and singling home Rodriguez in the third.
The third inning single was the first of three straight for USciences, as Colandrea gave the Devils two runners on before Kaitlyn Gaynor's one-bagger tied the score.
Concordia immediately came back with an unearned run in the fourth though, and aside from the leadoff runner reaching second in the bottom of the fourth, the Devils could threaten no further in any of its final three at-bats.
University of the Sciences outhit Concordia 5-4 in game one, led by LaPlante's 2-for-4, two-RBI effort.
Colandrea also reached base twice with a hit and a walk.
Gaynor surrendered just four hits in her seven innings of work, but five walks played a major part in four earned runs.
University of the Sciences is at Goldey-Beacom for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader this Tuesday.