Scholey’s Eighth-Inning Single Caps Game One Comeback; Baseball Splits with Goldey-Beacom

Scholey’s Eighth-Inning Single Caps Game One Comeback; Baseball Splits with Goldey-Beacom

PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Scholey's two-RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of game one capped a five-run frame to give the University of the Sciences baseball team an 11-10 comeback victory over Goldey-Beacom on Friday afternoon at Richie Ashburn Field.

The Lightning took game two 12-1 to split the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader with the Devils.

Trailing 10-6 entering the eighth, University of the Sciences sent nine batters to the plate beginning with Jordan Stennett's leadoff double.

Jacob Whittington followed with a walk and after the first out, a second wild pitch of the frame allowed Stennett to cut the deficit to three.

University of the Sciences still had work to do after a second out, and Nick Amicon followed Christian DeLuca's RBI single with a single of his own to keep the inning alive for Collin Fabio, who doubled home DeLuca to bring Scholey to the plate.

John McCrane came on to retire the Lightning in order in the top of the ninth to complete the comeback with his second save of the season.

McCrane relieved Mack Gill, who earned his first win of the season with 3.1 innings of two-run ball. He only gave up two hits, and stuck out six against four walks.

Starter Andrew Szpindor also struck out six in his 4.2 frames. 

Fabio's eighth-inning double was his third hit of the opener, his second three-hit game of the year. He added an RBI groundout in the second as part of a three-run inning that gave USciences a 4-1 lead.

Scholey, Stennett and Amicon each had two hits as University of the Sciences tied its season-high with 12.

After Nate Steele cancelled out a first-inning Goldey-Beacom run with an RBI single in the bottom-half, Amicon gave the Devils their first lead, 3-1, with his two-RBI double in the bottom of the second.

The Lightning answered with two runs in the top of the third to cut the USciences lead to 4-3, but T.J. Dezzi's two-out, two-RBI single reestablished the three-run cushion.

That cushion stood until Goldey-Beacom erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth.

The Lightning (9-9 CACC) began the nightcap with two first-inning runs, but back-to-back base hits by Amicon and Fabio in the bottom-half led to USciences cutting the deficit in half on a wild pitch. 

Goldey-Beacom stayed hot in the second and third though, scoring two runs in each to go ahead 8-1 through three frames.

Notably, reliever Hiro Mizutani threw a perfect top of the seventh inning.

University of the Sciences (3-11) is back at Richie Ashburn Field tomorrow to host Nyack for a 12 p.m. doubleheader. In addition to Scholey, Dezzi, and DeLuca, USciences will also honor Eric Stratoti, Jason Gallo, Tom Gallagher and Frank D'Alessandro as part of Senior Day.