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Offensive Outbursts Not Enough for Baseball in Sweep at Caldwell

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

CALDWELL, N.J. – The University of the Sciences baseball team erased a five-run deficit in game one and were leading 10-5 at one point in game two, before eventually losing two high-scoring games, 10-7 and 18-12, at Caldwell in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Saturday.

The Devils was swept despite a combined 29 hits between both games including a season-high 15 in the opener, which were its most over the last two seasons. Notably, the 14 hits in game two tied its previous season-high coming into the day. 

Nick Amicon led the outburst in game one with his second four-hit game of the season as part of a six-hit day, while Nate Steele went a perfect 4-for-4, with three RBIs, two runs and a walk, for his first career four-hit game in the nightcap. 

Ryan Scholey and Jacob Whittington also reached base four times in game one. Scholey had three hits and a walk, while Whittington had two hits and two walks.

Matt Guyger joined Whittington in recording the second multi-hit performances of their careers as he finished 2-for-3. 

Notably, Christian DeLuca and Jordan Stennett both reached base twice with a hit and a walk.  

Steele's bases-clearing double highlighted a seven-run fourth that gave USciences the 10-5 lead in game two, but it was Brian Magee that led the Devils with four RBIs in just his fifth career game. 

The freshman had two doubles and also scored once. 

Stennett and Collin Fabio both scored three times. Stennett was hit twice and added a single, while Fabio hit his second home run of the season.  

Notaby, T.J. Dezzi had two hits, an RBI and a run.

Whittington reached base twice with a hit and a walk, while Scholey added a hit and a hit by pitch. 

After Caldwell jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings of game one, starter Eric Stratoti held the Cougars scoreless for the next four frames to help University of the Sciences chip away before eventually tying it in the seventh. 

USciences began its comeback with back-to-back singles by DeLuca and Amicon, the second one scoring two, in the sixth, before the Devils tied the game on a DeLuca walk and Scholey single in the seventh.

Caldwell had an immediate answer though, plating two if its own in the bottom-half for what turned out to be the game-winner.

A Guyger RBI fielder's choice gave University of the Sciences life in the eighth, but the Devils stranded two runners and Caldwell added insurance with two runs in the bottom-half.

USciences also led 3-0 in the nightcap after a three-run first, which included a Whittington RBI single and a two-run error. 

Caldwell erased the deficit and took the lead with a combined five runs in the second and third, before the Devils exploded for seven in the top of the fourth.  

USciences sent 11 batters to the plate and after an RBI walk by Fabio and RBI hit by pitch by Stennett, Steele had the base-clearing double. The Devils were not done there though, as Magee and Dezzi each added two-out RBIs. 

Caldwell only managed one run in the bottom-half, before tying the score at 10 with a four-run fifth.  The Cougars then took the lead for good with a three-run sixth, before adding insurance with five in the seventh. 

Fabio homered and Magee added an RBI double in the eight to complete the scoring. 

University of the Sciences hosts the first of three doubleheaders next week when it welcomes Concordia to Richie Ashburn Field on Monday at 1 p.m. in games rescheduled from March 24.