KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Five of the six runs scored against the University of the Sciences baseball team on Tuesday were unearned, proving to be the difference in a 6-4 loss to Walsh.
Starter Kris Morgenweck worked around 10 hits to throw five innings without allowing an earned run, while Jake Patridge surrendered just one earned in his three innings of relief in which he scattered three hits while striking out four.
University of the Sciences jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first thanks to a Joe Duffy single, Matt McClennen triple and Nate Steele RBI groundout, but Walsh scored its first unearned run in the bottom-half to cut the lead in half.
The Cavaliers then took the lead in the bottom of the second with two more unearned runs.
Amicon's leadoff single in the fourth led to a 3-3 tie when Pena came through with a two-out RBI single, and after yet another unearned run for Walsh in the fifth, it was a Pena two-out RBI single again that scored Amicon – who had doubled with one out – to tie the score at 4-4 after five and a half innings of play.
Patridge entered for Morgenweck after a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth and proceeded to strand runners on first and third with three consecutive outs.
USciences could not advance a runner into scoring position in any of its final three at-bats though, paving the way for an unearned run in the seventh to be the eventual game-winner before Walsh added insurance with its first earned run in the eighth.
University of the Sciences returns to the diamond for a 1:30 p.m. first pitch tomorrow against Ashland.