PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences softball team came back in a 5-4 game one triumph, before shutting out Holy Family 8-0 in the nightcap for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) sweep of the Tigers on Wednesday at FDR Park.
Trailing 3-0 through two and a half innings and 3-2 after four and a half frames of game one, the Devils scored three times in the bottom of the fifth for what turned out to be the game-winning runs.
After Holy Family made it a one-run game in the top of the seventh, Kaitlyn Gaynor came on with a runner on first and one away to strand her by picking up back-to-back outs.
Following her second save of the year, Gaynor then proceeded to shut out the Tigers in the nightcap, surrendering just four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
The senior's fifth career shutout moves her into a tie for fourth in program history, while her 17th career victory is now seventh all-time.
Megan Master earned the win in game one with 3.2 innings of relief in which she did not allow an earned run, scattering four hits with four strikeouts.
After Master came on to strand two runners in the third with a strikeout, Brittany Rickard began the comeback by leading off the bottom-half with a single.
Master would strand the bases loaded in the fifth with an inning-ending double play, and USciences would carry that momentum into its at-bat to load the bases itself on walks by Rodriguez, Olivera and Madison LaPlante.
The game-winning runs would then come in on a three-run error.
University of the Sciences led throughout in game two, scoring five in the first and two more in the second.
Gina Pustizzi was the offensive star, finishing a perfect 1-for-1 with two walks, three runs and a three-RBI double in the first.
Rodriguez was the lone Devil to record a multi-hit game on the afternoon, as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base in the nightcap.
Gaynor and LaPlante also reached base twice with a hit and a walk, with Gaynor driving in a run and LaPlante scoring twice.
University of the Sciences closes out its 2019 campaign this Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Caldwell.