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Baseball Drops Close First Game, Doubleheader to Post

Baseball Drops Close First Game, Doubleheader to Post

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team hung tough with Post in game one, before the Eagles pulled away in game two for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader sweep of the Devils on Sunday afternoon at Richie Ashburn Field.

Eric Stratoti produced a quality start in game one's 3-0 loss, pitching a season-high seven innings in which the senior gave up just two earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

Freshman Andrew Szpindor then relieved him with a season-long outing of his own, throwing two hitless frames. He also threw a relief inning without allowing an earned run in game two.

In game two, a 13-3 Post win, it was fellow freshman Alec Sherk throwing a season-high five relief innings. He surrendered just one earned run on seven hits, while striking out five and not issuing a walk.

Joseph Jachimiak led the game two offense with his first career three-hit game, as USciences matched its season-high with 12 hits.

Notably, freshman Jacob Whittington recorded his first career multi-hit game.

Sophomore Ryan Johnson picked up his first career hit and RBI, while also walking twice to reach base three times.

Jordan Stennett finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

University of the Sciences (5-14, 2-6 CACC) just could not take advantage of Stratoti's quality start in game one as it managed just two hits.

Post (14-10, 6-2) would only need its second inning run, but the Eagles added insurance with one more in the fourth as well as an unearned run in the seventh.

Despite the two hits, USciences did have a runner reach in eight-of-nine at-bats thanks to five walks and an error. Nick Amicon drew two of those base on balls. 

Post surpassed its three runs from game one with four in the second inning of the nightcap. The Eagles also scored four more in the second, as well as four unearned in the third, to jump out to the quick 12-0 lead.

Frank D'Alessandro drove in USciences' first run in the seventh, before Johnson and Stennett recorded their RBIs in the eighth.

University of the Sciences continues its stretch of five doubleheaders in seven days tomorrow, with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Jefferson.