HOLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The University of the Sciences baseball team split its season-opening doubleheader with the No. 7 team in the NCBWA Preseason East Region Poll on Saturday, bouncing back from a 4-2 game one loss to outlast Le Moyne 10-9 in the nightcap.
A five-run fourth inning sparked USciences to the split, which was not secured until freshman John McCrane, making his first career appearance, punched out back-to-back batters to strand runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh.
McCrane also stranded the bases loaded in the sixth after coming on, putting an end to an inning in which Le Moyne scored four runs to pull within one.
In total he worked two innings, working around five walks to strike out four and not allow a hit en route to earning the save.
Andrew Szpindor also worked a scoreless relief appearance to earn the win, surrendering just one hit, to go along with three walks, in his 1.2 frames.
Nick Amicon was the offensive star, recording the first four-hit and three-RBI game of his career in the nightcap. He also scored two runs to finish the day 5-for-7 with three runs, three RBI, a double and a walk.
After Le Moyne (2-1) went ahead early in game two with two first inning runs, one of which was unearned, Amcion came in to tie the score in the second on Jordan Stennett's double.
The two teams traded runs in the bottom of the third and top of the fourth, with a Nate Steele sacrifice fly scoring Ryan Scholey to tie the score at 3-3, before the Dolphins scored two in the bottom half.
Szpindor came in to get two outs and eventually strand the bases load to set the stage for the top of the fifth, which began with back-to-back walks by Christian DeLuca and T.J. Dezzi. Collin Fabio tied the game at 5-5 with a double to left center, before Tom Aaron tripled him home to give the Devils the lead for good.
Amicon doubled the lead with a single before eventually coming around to score himself on an error, after Steele had doubled in the previous at-bat.
Amicon was not done there, putting the finishing touches on the 10-run outburst with a two-RBI single to score Fabio and Scholey in the sixth. Those two had led off the inning with back-to-back walks before being sacrificed over by Aaron.
The only Devil with two hits in game one, Aaron also had two hits in the nightcap to finish the doubleheader 4-for-7.
Along with Amicon and Aaron, Scholey also recorded an on-base percentage of over .500 in the doubleheader by going 2-for-4 with three walks and two runs.
Down 2-1 entering the sixth inning of the first game, Amicon began the frame with a walk. Stennett sacrificed him over to second and after an Adam Reed single, a DeLuca fielder's choice tied the score.
University of the Sciences got the tying run on base in the bottom half, which began with Fabio's double. Morgenweck walked with one out to give the Devils runners on the corners, but back-to-back fly outs ended the threat and the game.
Morgenweck allowed just one earned run in his five innings of work. He surrendered six hits and struck out three.
Aaron led the USciences offense with two hits and tied the game in the first with an RBI single, while Scholey reached base three times by going 1-for-2 with two walks.
Amicon also reached base twice, finishing 1-for-2 with a walk and the run.
Each team plated a two-out run in the first inning. Dezzi helped University of the Sciences answer in the bottom half after his one-out single led to an unearned run, following a Scholey walk and an error that kept the frame alive for Amicon.
After USciences left two men on base in both the second and the third, LeMoyne took its second lead thanks to the unearned run in the fourth. Morgenweck nearly worked around two consecutive singles to open the inning, and he did well to strand the bases loaded after surrendering the run.
University of the Sciences closes out its opening weekend with a 12 p.m. first pitch against East Stroudsburg tomorrow.