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Baseball Falls Victim to Late Game One Comeback, Drops Doubleheader Against Gannon

Baseball Falls Victim to Late Game One Comeback, Drops Doubleheader Against Gannon

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of the Sciences baseball team fell victim to a late Gannon comeback in a 6-4 game one, before falling to the Knights 14-7 in the nightcap of a doubleheader on the Devils' second day of their Spring Break trip on Sunday.  

USciences was leading 4-3 entering the top of the seventh of game one, only to have Gannon put up three runs in its final at-bat. 

The Knights tied the game on a sacrifice fly for the second out, before coming up with back-to-back two-out RBI extra-base hits for the eventual game-winning run and insurance.  

That late rally denied starter John McCrane the win, as the sophomore turned in a quality start of six innings and three earned runs. He surrendered just four hits, striking out seven and walking just two. 

Matt McClennen, Nate Steele and Joe Duffy all had two hits in game one, with Steele and Duffy both adding two more hits in the nightcap. 

Steele finished the day 4-for-6 with a walk and a hit by pitch, while Duffy went 4-for-7 with a base on balls. 

McClennen drove in two of his four RBI on the day in game one, before scoring two runs in the nightcap. 

All 10 Devils to bat in game two recorded a hit, with Magee driving in two runs. 

Justin Skinner joined Steele and Duffy in reaching base multiple times. 

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth in game one, USciences rallied to take its only lead of the afternoon, scoring three runs with two outs. 

With a Magee walk, Jacob Whittington single and Jordan Stennett base on balls loading the bases with one away, Skinner got the Devils on the board with an RBI groundout.  

That brought Duffy to the plate, who brought University of the Sciences within one with a single.  

Then it was McClennen coming through with a two-RBI double to give the Devils the opportunity to close it out entering the seventh.  

Gannon carried the momentum from game one's triumph into the nightcap, plating five in the bottom of the first. The Knights also led 8-1 after two and 10-2 after three. 

USciences fought back to as close as 10-6 with a four-run third, but Gannon immediately answered with three in the bottom-half.   

University of the Sciences takes tomorrow off, before returning to action with a 2 p.m. first pitch against Walsh on Tuesday.