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Seven-Run Inning Helps Softball Split Doubleheader with Bloomfield

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA –  A seven-run fifth inning in game one propelled the USciences softball team to a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader split with Bloomfield on Tuesday. 

After taking the opener 7-1, five unearned runs doomed the Devils in a 7-5 loss in game two. 

Notably, junior Madison LaPlante recorded her 100th career hit in the nightcap.  

Trailing 1-0 through four and a half innings of game one, University of the Sciences sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth, which actually began with an out. 

Brittany Rickard then doubled before the second out was recorded, meaning the Devils did all their damage with two away. 

Gabrielle Simms singled to tie the score at 1-1 and after an error kept the inning alive, three straight singles by LaPlante, Gina Pustizzi and Nina Cencetti drove in three more runs. 

Rebecca Colandrea walked to load the bases once again and after Lauren Davis was hit by a pitch to bring home one more run, Rickard put an exclamation point on the frame with her second hit of the inning, a two-RBI single.  

Megan Master then proceeded to shut down Bloomfield in the sixth and seventh, with only one batter reaching on an error, to put a stamp on three innings of one-hit relief to earn her first career collegiate win. 

She relieved starter Paige Schlechter, who worked around six hits to limit the Bears to just the one run in her four innings.  

Rickard's two-hit inning resulted in the second multi-hit game of the senior's career, while her two RBI tied a career-high. 

Cencetti also finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, the first two-hit and multi-RBI game of her season. 

The freshman then recorded her first career three-hit game in the nightcap to finish her day 5-for-7. 

The first two of Bloomfield's five unearned runs in game two came in a four-run first inning, and after USciences' got on the board on a Davis sacrifice fly in the second, the Bears closed out their scoring with three more unearned runs in the fifth. 

University of the Sciences got as close as 7-5 with four runs in the bottom-half, highlighted by RBI doubles by Simms and Pustizzi, but the Devils could never get closer despite having the tying run come to the plate in each of its final three at-bats.  

Pustizzi's two-RBI double was one of her two hits in the nightcap, while Simms also reached base twice with the double as well as a walk. 

Starting pitcher Kaitlyn Gaynor surrendered just the two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six against two base on balls.   

University of the Sciences stays within the city to travel to Chestnut Hill for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader this Thursday.