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Mizutani, Five-Run Third, Leads Baseball to Doubleheader Split, Series Win over Saint Anselm

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team salvaged a doubleheader split on Sunday at Father Judge High School, and therefore won its home-opening series against Saint Anselm.

After dropping game one 12-2, USciences (3-3) rode a five-run third and the arm of freshman Hiro Mizutani to an 8-3 victory. 

Mizutni came one strike away from a complete game shutout, instead settling for his first career win. The freshman threw 6.2 innings, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Ryan Scholey had two hits and a walk, while Nate Steele and T.J. Dezzi each had a two-out, two-RBI double in the five-run third.

Dezzi also had a two-RBI single in game one, giving him four RBIs for the day.

Jordan Stennett and Tom Aaron both reached base twice via a hit and a walk, with Stennett scoring twice and Aaron scoring a run and driving in another. 

A leadoff walk by Stennett in the first inning led to the game's first run, after the freshman advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on Adam Reed's groundout before crossing home on Aaron's single.  

After a 1-2-3 top half of the inning, USciences five-run third actually began with a strikeout. Back-to-back walks got it started and an error loaded the bases.

Kris Morgenweck was hit by a pitch, doubling the lead, before a second out. Steele and Dezzi then came through with their back-to-back two-out, two-RBI doubles, with a pitching switch sandwiched in between.

University of the Sciences added back-to-back RBI singles by Scholey and Jacob Whittington in the sixth.

Saint Anselm scored two runs in the first and six runs in the second of game one, and USciences was never able to get back into the game.

In addition to his two-RBI single, Dezzi also walked. Also reaching base twice via a hit and a walk was Nick Amicon.

Eric Stratoti pitched 3.1 innings in relief, giving up two earned on four hits, and John Michael Sabatino struck out two in his first collegiate inning. He ended up striking out three in two innings, in which he allowed one run on two hits without walking a batter.

University of the Sciences plays West Chester in the opening round of the Bill Giles Invitational on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. An exact location will be announced sometime during the week.