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Baseball Shakes Off Late Goldey-Beacom Rally in Game One; Defeats Lightning 12-1 in Game Two for Split in CACC Opener

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

HOCKESSIN, Del. – Starting pitching shone as the University of the Sciences baseball team came an eighth-inning Goldey-Beacom rally in game one away from a doubleheader sweep of the Lightning in the Devils' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener on Wednesday afternoon.

Leading 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth of game one thanks to a quality start from Kris Morgenweck, USciences unraveled with three errors to allow Goldey-Beacom to come from behind with five unearned runs in an eventual 7-3 loss.

The Devils (4-9, 1-1 CACC) regrouped nicely for a 12-1 game two triumph though, behind a season-high in runs and the arm of Hiro Mizutani.

Mizutani came a sixth-inning error away from an unblemished outing. The freshman did not allow an earned run as he surrendered six hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Jason Gallo came on to throw the seventh.

In game one, Morgenweck took the no decision despite seven innings of one-run ball. He tied his career-high with eight strikeouts, while working around eight hits and two walks. 

After a combined three 1-2-3 frames and each team advancing one runner into scoring position in the first three inning of game two, University of the Sciences finally broke through.

Back-to-back two-out walks by Morgenweck and Tom Aaron, and a Nick Amicon hit by pitch, extended the frame for Nate Steele, who came through with a two-RBI double down the left field line.

Following a pitching change, Frank D'Alessandro doubled the lead with a two-RBI single down the fight field line for what turned out to be the eventual game-winning hit.

Back-to-back errors gave USciences two more runs in the sixth, before the Devils exploded for six runs in the sixth thanks to four walks, two errors and a hit by pitch.  

D'Alessandro had the only hit in the frame, an RBI single to complete a three-RBI and two-hit performance. It was the first multiple-RBI game of the senior's career.

Steele also had a career-high three RBIs, as he drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the sixth.  

Amicon was hit by three pitches and scored twice, while Morgenweck, Ryan Scholey and Collin Fabio also scored two runs.

University of the Sciences scored the first two runs of game one, the first coming on Fabio's first-inning RBI double that scored T.J. Dezzi after he had walked.

Two errors then helped the Devils score in the fourth on Amicon's RBI single. That was one of two hits in game one for the junior, who reached base five times in the doubleheader.

Fabio also reached base twice in game one, with a walk in addition to his first inning double.

After four innings in which Morgenweck did not allow multiple baserunners, Goldey-Beacom (5-15-1, 3-3) was finally able to push a run across in the fifth. Later on in the frame the Lightning had runners on second and third but the sophomore stranded them there, and he also stranded two more in the sixth.

This allowed USciences to double its cushion after back-to-back singles by Jacob Whittington and Christian DeLuca made the score 3-1 in the top of the seventh.

As he had done in his previous two innings, Morgenweck then stranded two more runners in his final inning of work.

University of the Sciences plays its first games at Richie Ashburn Field this season when it hosts Bloomfield for a CACC doubleheader on Friday, March 30 at 1 p.m.