PHILADELPHIA – Behind complete game victories from Kyla Colburn and Alexandria Jackson, the University of the Sciences softball team celebrated Senior Day with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader sweep of Nyack on Saturday afternoon at McNeil Family Field.
Colburn celebrated the occasion with her first complete game of the season. Only two of the runs in the 7-3 win were earned, as she scattered seven hits with just one walk and five strikeouts.
Jackson then tossed a complete game of her own, her second of the season, holding Nyack to three runs as well to help the Devils hold on for a 4-3 triumph. She surrendered just five hits and two walks, and also tied her career-high with two hits at the plate.
Colburn held Nyack scoreless through four and after USciences threatened with multiple hits in both of its first two at-bats, the Devils finally broke through with a three-run third behind its seniors.
Chisholm and Harris began the inning with back-to-back singles and both came in to score on Madison Laplante's single thanks to an error. Gina Pustizzi rounded out the scoring in the frame with her second double.
After Nyack got within one with two runs in the fifth, it was LaPlante who provided the cushion University of the Sciences needed in emphatic fashion.
Two straight outs were recorded but Harris walked to keep the inning alive for LaPlante, who sent a blast over the right field fence for a grand slam to cap a career-high five-RBI day.
She was one of four Devils with multiple hits, led by Pustizzi going 3-for-4 with the two doubles, as USciences' season-high 14 hits were its most in a game since an April 20, 2016 victory over Millersville.
Harris went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Rebecca Colandrea also had two hits.
Nyack actually took its first lead of the afternoon with a first-inning run in the nightcap, which was quickly erased when Jackson's two-out RBI single scored Camille Brown after she led off with a walk.
After a scoreless second, Brown and Jackson also played a part in the third inning run that gave University of the Sciences the lead for good. Brown led off with a single and after an out and LaPlante walk, Jackson singled to load the bases. It was then a Pustizzi single that made the score 2-1.
USciences added insurance with two runs in the fourth, which proved to be important when Nyack responded with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth.
Sara Pietropola led off with a double and after an out, a Torres single advanced her to third. Those two then executed a double steal for a two-run advantage. After a second out, it ws Harris' double that proved to be the eventual game-winning hit.
In addition to Jackson and Brown, Pustizzi and LaPlante both reached base twice in the nightcap. Pustizzi had a hit and walk, while LaPlante walked twice.
University of the Sciences closes out its 2018 home schedule on Tuesday when it hosts Le Moyne for a 2 p.m. first pitch in a doubleheader that was originally scheduled on Wednesday.