PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team scored to take a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning game two of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Jefferson on Thursday, but the Rams would tie the game in the seventh before walking off in the eighth to complete a sweep of the Devils.
A leadoff single by Camille Brown in the top of the seventh would lead to USciences breaking a 5-5 tie after Gina Pustizzi's third single of the game and an error, but the Devils not close the door on a victory as Jefferson countered with a two-out run in the bottom-half.
The Rams then sealed the sweep with the walk-off, after a 3-1 victory in game one.
Pustizzi's three singles played a part in all three of USciences' scoring innings in the nightcap, as the junior tied her career-high in hits.
Rebecca Colandrea also tied career-highs with three RBI and two base-knocks, including her second home run in five games.
Brown recorded her first two-hit game of the season, and she joined Madison LaPlante in scoring a team-high two runs.
Having lost the first game 3-1, University of the Sciences found itself down 2-0 after one inning of play in the nightcap.
The Devils exploded for a four-run third though, all coming with two outs.
An error extended the inning for LaPlante, who doubled before an error allowed the first run to score.
After an RBI single by Pustizzi to tie the score, Colandrea capped the outburst with a two-run homer.
A Jefferson home run made it a one-run game in the fourth but again USciences struck with two outs, this time in the fifth.
Again LaPlante, Pustizzi and Colandrea all played a part, with a LaPlante walk keeping the inning alive before back-to-back singles by Pustizzi and Colandrea.
The Rams used the long ball once more in the sixth though, this time tying the game at 5-5 on a two-run blast.
Gabrielle Simms and LaPlante put University of the Sciences on top immediately in the top of the first of game one.
Simms led off with a double and after the first out, LaPlante singled. The second out was then recorded, before the two executed a double steal to open the scoring.
That was all the offense the Devils could manage though, despite advancing runners into scoring positing in both the third and fourth.
Jefferson finally got on the board with a solo home run with two outs in the fourth, before striking with two outs again in the fifth on three consecutive two-out hits that led to two more runs.
Starter Kaitlyn Gaynor produced a quality start, giving up those three two-out runs on six hits.
Notably, Paige Schlechter tied her career-long outing of six innings, scattering six hits, in game two.
University of the Sciences is at Dominican for a 12 p.m. doubleheader this Saturday.