CHARLOTTE – The University of the Sciences baseball team began its spring break trip with two close losses to regionally-ranked Winston-Salem State on Sunday afternoon.
USciences (3-6) was even through at least four and a half innings of both games and led 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap after Christian DeLuca's sixth inning home run.
John Michael Sabatino and John McCrane combined to hold Winston-Salem State, the fifth ranked team in the Atlantic Region, scoreless for the sixth inning, but a dropped fly out led to the Rams scoring two runs on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
University of the Sciences had immediately erased Winston-Salem State's three run third inning with three runs in the top of the fourth.
DeLuca drove in the first run with a base on balls, before T.J. Dezzi's single cut the deficit to one and Steele scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
That was one of two hits for Dezzi in the nightcap, and the senior also had a hit in game one to finish the day with three hits.
In addition to Dezzi and DeLuca, Aaron also reached base twice with a hit and a walk.
Hiro Mizutani started the second game and aside from the third inning he went unscathed. He surrendered four hits in his five innings of work, striking out four against three walks.
It was a similar story for starter Morgenweck in game one, as the sophomore went the first four innings giving up just one run in the first.
After University of the Sciences tied it back up on Nick Amicon's RBI single in the second inning, no runner reached scoring position on Morgenweck until a two-run homer and RBI double broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth.
Morgenweck ended up going five innings, allowing six hits while striking out six and walking one.
After USciences got within two, 4-2, on Ryan Scholey's solo home run in the sixth, Winston-Salem State reestablished a three-run lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Scholey finished game one 2-for-2 with two runs and a walk, in addition to the homer.
Amicon also reached base twice, walking in addition to his RBI single.
Notably, Adam Reed drew two base on balls.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 4 p.m.