KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of the Sciences softball team recovered from a 20-6 loss to St. Cloud State to hang tough with Bridgeport in an eventual 5-2 loss to the Purple Knights on Thursday, the Devils' penultimate day of action in Florida.
USciences answered a Bridgeport run in the bottom of the third with one if its own in the top of the fourth on a Gabrielle Simms single that scored Evangelina Olivera, after Olivera had singled with two outs before advancing to second on an error.
A Camille Brown hit by pitch and passed ball then gave University of the Sciences a runner on third for the third inning in a row, only for the Devils to strand them in scoring position once more.
That was the story of the afternoon, ad USciences left 11 runners on base.
Bridgeport finally took advantage by loading the bases in the fifth before back-to-back two-RBI doubles broke the game open.
University of the Sciences got one run back on Brown's RBI single in the sixth, but the Devils could not get any closer after the third out of the inning was recorded at home.
Gina Pustizzi had one of her two hits in that sixth inning, singling with one out, while Simms recorded the first multi-hit game of her career.
Olivera reached base twice with a hit and a base on balls, while Brown had the single and hit by pitch.
Starter Kaitlyn Gaynor surrendered just the one run before running into trouble in the fifth.
Rebecca Colandrea was the bright spot for University of the Sciences against St. Cloud State, as the senior drove in a career-high four runs – including a three-RBI double - with a 2-for-3 performance.
LaPlante also scored two runs, while Ordeman's multi-hit performance was the first of the freshman's career.
Reliever Paige Schlechter came in to allow just two hits and strike out four in 3.1 frames.
University of the Sciences wraps up its Spring Break trip tomorrow, with matchups against Minnesota State Moorhead and Quincy at 9:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., respectively.