NEWARK, N.J. – The University of the Sciences baseball team recorded a season-high 16 hits in game one, and led entering the bottom of the eighth of game two, but it was not enough as the Devils closed out their 2018 season with two close losses to Bloomfield in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Wednesday.
USciences actually led 9-2 through three and a half innings of the game one 16-12 loss as the Devils outhit Bloomfield 16-15, USciences' most hits in a game since it had 19 in a win at Texas A&M International on March 8, 2016.
Senior T.J. Dezzi had a career-high four of them in his last day of collegiate competition, as part of day in which he scored five runs.
Freshman Jacob Whittington had a career-high four hits of his own in the nightcap, after homering in game one, and fellow freshman John Michael Sabatino pitched a career-long seven innings for the third outing in a row, limiting the Bloomfield offense that scored 16 runs in the opener to just four through 7.2 frames.
Trailing 6-4, the Bears hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth though, before going on to win the game 7-6 on an unearned run in the 11th despite USciences advancing a runner into scoring position in each of its final three at-bats.
The walk-off single was the first hit that Gallagher, who came on to begin the ninth, had allowed in 2.1 innings of relief in his final career outing.
Sabatino surrendered eight hits, and he struck out a career-best eight against two walks.
Dezzi and Collin Fabio both walked twice, to go along with a hit.
Amcion put University of the Sciences on top before an out was recorded as his double in the top of the first scored Dezzi.
Sabatino retired the first six batters he faced and despite Bloomfield evening the score with a run in the third, USciences had an answer in the fourth. After a leadoff triple by Whittington, a John McCrane fielder's choice gave the Devils the lead they would hold on to until the eighth.
Amicon doubled the advantage with yet another RBI double and after a pitching change, a Stennett single and a wild pitch capped a four-run fourth.
Bloomfield got as close as 5-4 in the sixth, but Whittington added insurance with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.
Stennett and fellow freshman McCrane each had three hits in game one.
Stennett drove in two runs, including opening the scoring with a single in the first and then singling as part of a five-run fourth, and also walked, while McCrane scored twice.
Also driving in multiple runs with multiple hits was Amicon.
Magee also drove in two runs, capping the five-run fourth with a sacrifice fly, while Matt Guyger scored twice to go along with a hit and a walk.
Fabio joined Dezzi in scoring three runs, as he also finished with a hit and a walk.
Nate Steele went 1-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, as 7-of-9 University of the Sciences starters reached base at least twice.
Bloomfield answered USciences' five-run fourth with three runs of its own in the bottom-half, before taking the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Leading 10-9 entering the sixth the Bears scored three more runs to add insurance, as they scored in each of their final seven at-bats.
The 16-hit performance capped a season in which USciences set program records in the NCAA era for runs (207), hits (354), doubles (71), RBIs (191) and walks (185), as well as program records in the wood-bat era for batting average (.257), on-base percentage (.358) and slugging percentage (.333).
Notably, the pitching staff also set records for strikeouts (278) and Ks/9 (7.38).