PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team set season-highs in hits in both games, and nearly erased a nine-run deficit in the second game of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader against Nyack at Richie Ashburn Field on Saturday afternoon.
After a nine-run Nyack first inning in the nightcap, USciences got as close as two twice. First when Jordan Stennett's grand slam made the score 9-7 in the bottom of the third, and then again when Collin Fabio's two-RBI double made the score 12-10 in the eighth.
The Warriors stranded two runners in the eighth and another in the ninth to complete the doubleheader sweep though, after a 13-3 win in game one.
Prior to first pitch University of the Sciences honored the seven members of the Senior Baseball Class of 2018: Frank D'Alessandro, Christian DeLuca, T.J. Dezzi, Jason Gallo, Tom Gallagher, Ryan Scholey and Eric Stratoti.
Scholey would celebrate in style, collecting his 100th career hit on a single in the bottom of the seven in game two.
That was one of 14 hits in the nightcap for USciences, who also had 14 hits in the opener to finish the day with 28.
Stennett and DeLuca had multiple hits in both games, with Stennett recording his second three-hit game of the season while scoring two runs in game two.
Dezzi also had three hits and two runs in the nightcap, tying his career-high in hits to finish the day with 99 for his career.
Scholey and Nate Steele, who also scored twice, made it four Devils with multiple hits in game two.
Fabio produced a three-hit, two-RBI performance for the second day in a row after finishing game one 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Matt Guyger also reached base three times with his first career multi-hit game, as well as a walk.
In addition to Stennett and DeLuca, who also had two runs, also producing a multi-hit game in the opener was Nick Amicon.
Gallagher highlighted USciences pitching staff in game one, throwing a scoreless 1.1 innings of relief, including striking out the side in the ninth.
Sabatino came on with two outs in the first and proceeded to throw a career-long 5.1 innings, giving up just two runs (one earned) on four hits, both of which scored in the fourth.
After giving up one run in his first inning of work in the seventh, McCrane worked scoreless eighth and ninth frames, striking out four without walking a batter.
Nyack's two fourth inning runs reestablished an 11-7 lead to halt USciences momentum, and the Warriors added the important insurance to make the score 12-7 in the top of the seventh.
In game one after Nyack plated three in the top of the third, University of the Sciences cut the deficit to one with Scholey's RBI double in the third and Fabio's RBI single in the top of the fifth.
The Warriors came right back with four runs in the top of the sixth though to eventually pull away.
University of the Sciences next plays when it travels to Wilmington on Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m., in a rescheduled doubleheader from Tuesday, April 17.