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Walk-off Home Run Completes Jefferson’s Sweep of Baseball

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team held the lead in both games of a doubleheader at Jefferson on Monday, but a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth of game two completed a doubleheader sweep for the Rams in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action at Alumni Field. 

USciences erased a 1-0 deficit in the nightcap on Collin Fabio's two-RBI double in the top of the fifth, scoring Christian DeLuca and Nick Amicon after back-to-back singles. 

Jefferson came right back with its first earned run off starter Chris Kelly on a sacrifice fly though, to tie the score at two. 

Kelly would end the fifth, and his start, with his seventh strikeout. That put a stamp on a performance in which he surrendered just three hits without walking a batter. 

John McCrane came on and gave USciences several opportunities to take the lead with scorless frames in sixth, seventh and eighth, the last in which he stranded the bases loaded with no outs. 

The Devils advanced runners into scoring position in both the eighth and ninth but after failing to score, Jefferson hit the walk-off homer after McCrane had gotten the first two outs of the ninth. 

McCrane scatterd jus three hits in his 3.2 innings. He struck out five and walked three. 

Amicon led the offense with two hits. 

Tom Aaron's RBI double gave USciences the lead the first lead of the afternoon in the top of the first of game one, a 9-4 Jefferson win. That was one of two hits in the game for the junior, who also walked to reach base three times. 

Jefferson tied the score in the second, before busting the game open with six unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth. 

After the Rams added on run in both the sixth and eighth, University of the Sciences scored three in the top of the ninth on singles by Fabio and Joseph Jachimiak and a sacrifice fly by T.J. Dezzi

Game one starter Ryan Johnson surrendered just the one unearned run in his 4.1 innings of work. He struck out four and walked two, while allowing seven hits. 

Mack Gill gave up two earned runs on four hits, with three strikeouts and two walks in three relief innings, while Andrew Szpindor came on for the final two outs and struck out one. 

University of the Sciences continues its busy stretch of five doubleheaders in seven days when it hosts Wilmington for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.