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Gaynor Shuts Out Felician in Game One; Softball’s Comeback Falls Short in Game Two of Doubleheader Split

Gaynor Shuts Out Felician in Game One; Softball’s Comeback Falls Short in Game Two of Doubleheader Split

PHILADELPHIA – After shutting out Felician 7-0 in game one of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the University of the Sciences overcame a 5-1 deficit to come back and take the lead in the nightcap before falling 10-8.  

Kaitlyn Gaynor shut down the Golden Falcons in the game one shutout, surrendering just four hits while striking out seven against just one walk. 

The senior's 14th career win moved her into 10th in program history, while her fourth career shutout is sixth all-time. 

USciences scored in each of its first five at-bats and was led by Gabrielle Simms, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBI. She then went 2-for-4 with two runs, a walk and RBI in the nightcap for her seventh multi-hit performance in nine games.  

Rebecca Colandrea also had two hits and an RBI in the opener, the senior's second two-hit game of the year. 

Gina Pustizzi and Lauren Davis both walked twice and scored a run. 

Pustizzi would then go a perfect 2-for-2 with three walks in game two.

Joining Pustizzi and Simms with multiple hits in the nightcap were Madison LaPlante and Miranda Rodriguez, who both had three.  

LaPlante drove in four, which included an inside-the-park home run, as part of her first three-hit game of the season. 

Rodriguez's three-hit game was the first of the freshman's career, and she also scored two runs. 

Nina Cencetti reached base three times in game two with two walks and a hit.  

University of the Sciences erased a 5-1 deficit in the nightcap with a five-run fourth, but Felician immediately came back with three runs in the top of the fifth. 

After the Devils could not capitalize on runners in scoring position in both the fifth and sixth, the Golden Falcons then created some cushion with two more runs in the seventh. 

This proved important when LaPlante hit her inside-the-park home run to cut the deficit back to two. 

Pustizzi then walked with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate, but USciences could not threaten further.

The Devils return to FDR Park to host Concordia tomorrow at 1 p.m.