KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Kaitlyn Gaynor kept the University of Sciences softball team in a scoreless game through five and a half innings against Concordia St. Paul in its opening game of day two of its Spring Break trip on Sunday.
The Devils would go on to drop that game 2-1, before falling 12-0 to Trevecca Nazarene in its second game.
Gaynor tossed six innings in her season-opener, surrendering just the two earned on five hits, while striking out seven against three walks.
Concordia St. Paul had runners reaching scoring position in each of the first four innings, including loaded the bases in the second, but Gaynor continued to work her way out of jams.
The senior finally worked a 1-2-3 frame for the first time in the fifth, but the University of the Sciences offense was sat down 1-2-3 for the fourth time in a row in the sixth.
That is when CSP ultimately got to Gaynor thanks to a leadoff double, which eventually led to two runs on an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.
The offense finally came alive in the seventh after Venizya Sanchez's first career collegiate hit, a leadoff single. She stole second and after advancing to third, Lauren Davis drove her in with a groundout.
In game two, Trevecca Nazarene jumped out to the lead with one run in the top of the first, before adding three in the third and another in the fourth.
The Trojans then put the game away with a seven-run fifth.
University of the Sciences returns to action tomorrow morning to take on Minnesota St. Mankato at 9 a.m., before facing West Virginia Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m.