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Baseball Breaks Program’s CACC Win Record in Doubleheader Split with CACC North Leader Dominican

Baseball Breaks Program’s CACC Win Record in Doubleheader Split with CACC North Leader Dominican

PHILADELPHIA – One game after breaking the program record for overall wins in the Division II era, the USciences baseball team set a new program record for Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victories with a 5-3 win over CACC North leader Dominican in game one of a doubleheader at Richie Ashburn Field on Wednesday. 

The Chargers would take game two 16-5. 

University of the Sciences' 12th CACC victory broke the record of 11 set in 2011. 

The Devils scored two runs in the bottom of the first and would lead throughout, as starter John McCrane limited Dominican to just one earned run on six hits and six strikeouts in his seven innings. 

A Matt McClennen bunt single with one out was followed by a Chris Anderson walk, and after the two executed a double steal, Nick Amicon drove them in with a two-RBI single. 

Dominican (13-11 CACC) scored its lone run against McCrane in the fourth, but after he limited the Chargers to just that one run after they had put runners on second and third with none away, USciences countered with two runs in the bottom-half. 

This time it was a Joe Duffy two-RBI single, which turned out to be the eventual game-winner after Nate Steele and Ryan Johnson began the frame with back-to-back singles, and AJ Pena sacrifice bunted them to second and third. 

University of the Sciences would close out its scoring in the fifth on back-to-back two-out hits; a Jordan Stennett single and Justin Skinner triple. 

It was Stennett who relieved McCrane, and although he allowed one run in both the eighth and ninth, he finally secured the victory by stranding runners on second and third. 

He was one of three Devils to finish with two hits in game one, joining Johnson and Amicon. Johnson also added a base on balls. 

Amicon then had one more hit in the nightcap to finish the day with 121 for his career, now tied for 10th in program history. 

Matt McClennen led the offense in game two, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and an RBI. 

Matt Guyger went a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Duffy had two hits and a run scored. 

Notably, Alec Sherk pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless relief. 

USciences takes nearly a week off before returning to action next Tuesday, April 23, when the Devils take on Wilmington at 3 p.m. in the Championship Game of the Bill Giles Invitational hosted at Citizens Bank Park.