NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of the Sciences baseball team won two of the three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) weekly awards announced on Monday, with Nate Steele winning his first CACC Player of the Week honor and Jake Patridge earning his first CACC Pitcher of the Week nod.
Steele continued his torrid start to the season, beginning USciences' Spring Break trip 6-for-10 against defending Division III national champion Tyler-Texas and Gannon (doubleheader), recoding multiple hits in all three games. He was also hit by two pitches and walked once for an on-base percentage of .692, while driving in four runs and scoring another.
The junior was hit by a pitch to tie Saturday's game against Tyler-Texas at six in top of the ninth. That capped another multi-hit, multi-RBI performance, his third straight, as it was he who made it a one-run game in the fifth with a two-out, two-RBI double.
Steele then finished the doubleheader against Gannon 4-for-6 with a walk and a hit by pitch.
Trailing 2-0 after two and 6-3 after three on Saturday, USciences stayed in the game and eventually tied it in the ninth thanks to the brilliant relief performance of Patridge, who tied a career-high with five scoreless innings in which the sophomore gave up just four hits and one walk. A runner advanced to scoring position in just one of those five innings, which included two 1-2-3 frames.
University of the Sciences returns to action in Florida tomorrow, taking on Walsh at 2 p.m.