PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team had the tying run on base in its final at-bat of both games against Jefferson on Friday afternoon, but the Rams edged the Devils 5-4 and 5-3 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Richie Ashburn Field.
Jake Patridge kept the Devils in game one with a career-long outing; five scoreless innings in which the freshman allowed just three hits. He stuck out three and did not issue a walk.
Jefferson scored all five of its runs in the first game in its first four at-bats. After the Rams took the lead right away in the first inning and added another in the second USciences cut the deficit to one twice, including on Jacob Whittington's RBI double in the bottom-half.
Jefferson came right back with a two-run third before closing out its scoring with an unearned run in the fourth.
University of the Sciences chipped away with Collin Fabio's two-out RBI double in the fifth, part of a multi-hit game for the junior, before getting within one again in the sixth.
Nick Amicon then brought the Devils within one with a two-out RBI single, one of his three hits in game one.
USciences got runners on in the seventh, eighth and ninth, including one into scoring position with one out in its last at-bat, but could not capitalize.
Fabio also walked in game one, while Jacob Whittington reached twice with the double and a walk.
University of the Sciences took its first lead of the afternoon on Whittington's RBI single in the second inning of the nightcap, and starter Hiro Mizutani kept Jefferson scoreless through his first three frames.
Jefferson finally manufactured a run off Mizutani in the fourth with a two-out walk, stolen base and single. The Rams then took the lead on an RBI single in the fifth.
Jefferson added insurance with three runs in the sixth.
USciences began its comeback bid with a two-out rally of its own in the bottom half, beginning with Brian Magee's walk. Whittington was then hit by a pitch and after a wild pitch, Dezzi came through with a two-out RBI single.
After reliever John McCrane held the Rams scoreless in the top of the seventh, USciences again threatened in the seventh with Amicon's leadoff single. Ryan Scholey was hit by a pitch and after a pitching change, wild pitch and the first out, Stennett got the Devils within two on a single. The threat ended quickly though with a double play in the next at-bat.
The seventh-inning single was Stennett's second hit of game two, while Dezzi also had two hits.
University of the Sciences travels to Caldwell for a 12 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow.