ASTON, Pa. – Trailing 4-1 entering its final at-bat in both games, the University of the Sciences baseball team rallied to load the bases in each before eventually falling 4-3 and 4-1 to No. 24 Wilmington in a doubleheader at the Maplezone Sports Village on Friday.
The results mean the Devils and the preseason Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) favorite Wildcats split their CACC-opening four-game series.
Game one almost produced last-inning heroics for the second game in a row, after USciences scored five runs in its final at-bat to comeback for a 7-5 triumph in the nightcap at Wilmington on Wednesday.
After a strikeout, AJ Pena singled up the middle to bring in two and make it a one-run game.
An error then loaded the bases with one away, but Wilmington was able to record back-to-back outs to hold off a second straight last-inning comeback
Pena's ninth inning single was his second hit of the game.
Anderson also reached base twice, tripling in the seventh before coming in to score on Joe Duffy's sacrifice fly to get USciences on the board and make the score 3-1.
Wilmington (12-7) would add what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.
Starter Hiro Mizutani limited the Wildcats to just three runs in his seven innings, tying his career-long outing.
Wilmington opened in scoring in the third, before plating two in the fifth on three straight two-out hits.
Austin Blumetti gave up just one hit in his two relief innings.
It was University of the Sciences who jumped out to the lead in the nightcap, thanks to its work with two outs in bottom of the first.
Starter John Michael Sabatino kept Wilmington off the scoreboard in each of his first two innings, before the Wildcats tied the score at 1-1 in the third.
USciences advanced runners to scoring position in both the second and fourth but could not capitalize, and Wilmington finally broke the tie in the fifth.
The Wildcats then added insurance in both the sixth and seventh.
The first out of the bottom of the seventh was recorded before Pena, McClennen and Steele recorded back-to-back-to-back singles, but a pitching change halted momentum with consecutive outs.
Sabatino produced a quality start, scattering six hits over his six frames.
Offensively, Steele and Amicon both two hits, while McClennen, Skinner and Cameron Weigand all also reached base twice.
For Weigand, it was the freshman's first career collegiate appearance.
University of the Sciences plays its first CACC doubleheader on the road this Sunday at 12 p.m. at Post.