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Softball Drops Two Close Games, 5-2 and 2-1, on Final Day in Florida

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of the Sciences softball team completed its Spring Break trip with two close losses on Friday; 5-2 against Minnesota State Moorhead and 2-1 versus Quincy. 

Kaitlyn Gaynor surrendered just three hits in her seven innings of work against Quincy, striking out eight with just one walk, but a two-run home run in the fourth would turn out to be all Hawks would need. 

Other than that, Gaynor retired Quincy in order four times, allowing a runner to reach scoring positing in just one other inning.  

USciences outhit the Hawks 4-3, finally threatening with runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Lauren Davis and Gina Pustizzi

Although they were stranded, it was those two that would help University of the Sciences finally get on the board in the sixth.

Venizya Sanchez led off with a hit by pitch and after the first out, Davis walked. Following the second out, Pustizzi came through with an RBI single, but again the Devils would strand a runner on third base. 

University of the Sciences would then go down 1-2-3 in the seventh. 

In addition to her two singles, Pustizzi was also hit by a pitch to cap a perfect day at the plate. 

A four-run first inning was the downfall for the Devils against MSM, although starter Megan Master settled in from there, allowing just on earned run on three hits in her final five frames. 

Offensively, freshman Miranda Rodriguez recorded the first multi-hit game of her career, driving in a run with a single in the second, while fellow rookie Gabrielle Simms also finished 2-for-3. 

Freshman Hannah Higgins also reached base twice with a hit, walk and run scored. 

USciences advanced runners into scoring position in each of its first four at-bats, plating a run in both the second and fourth, but the Devils stranded runners on third in each of their scoring innings. 

University of the Sciences could then not threaten with a runner in scoring position in any of its final three at-bats.   

The Devils now return north, taking a week off before hosting Concordia for its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and home-opener next Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m.