PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team knocked off Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North leader Concordia behind the arms of freshmen John Michael Sabatino and Austin Blumetti on Monday afternoon, as the rookies kept the the Clippers at bay to salvage a doubleheader split at Richie Ashubrn Field.
After a 9-7 setback in game one, in which USciences had the tying run on second in the bottom of the ninth, Sabatino turned in his second consecutive outing of seven innings pitched and one earned run. The freshman worked around seven hits and two walks to earn his first career collegiate victory. He struck out five, and did not allow a run to score until his final inning of work.
His classmate Blumetti then came in to pick up his first career save, tossing a scoreless eighth and stranding the tying run of first base after Concordia scored once in the ninth.
Three runs in the fourth were all University of the Sciences turned out to need, and the Devils added insurance with another run in the fifth.
After T.J. Dezzi led off with a hit by pitch, an out was recorded before Ryan Scholey singled to give USciences runners on first and third.
Collin Fabio came through with the big base-hit, a triple to right-center before he came in to score on Jordan Stennett's sacrifice fly.
Scholey's fifth-inning single was one of two hits for the senior, and he also walked. He also had two hits in game one.
Dezzi and Fabio also reached base twice, and both had three hits in the opener.
For Dezzi it was his third multi-hit game in the last four contests.
Fabio' three-hit game was his fourth of the year, as USciences had 14+ hits for the third consecutive game. He got the Devils on the board with an RBI single in the fourth.
Trailing 9-6 entering the ninth inning of game one, Scholey led off with a double. After the first out, a single by Stennett – that scored Scholey - and double by Matt Guyger gave the Devils the tying run in scoring position. The Clippers were able to get the final two outs without any further damage to secure the win.
The difference in the game was a five-run Concordia fifth inning, which gave the Clippers an 8-2 lead.
Freshman Jake Patridge came on with one out in the fifth and proceeded to throw the final 4.2 frames, surrendering just a seventh-inning run on four hits. He struck out three and did not issue a walk.
University of the Sciences chipped away immediately following Concordia's big inning with Dezzi's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Whittington added an RBI single in the sixth, and a passed ball made the score 8-5 with three innings to play.
USciences erased the Clippers' seventh inning run with Guyger's RBI single in the bottom-half and after a scoreless eighth and 1-2-3 top of the ninth, the Devils threatened in the ninth.
The runners stranded in the ninth were University of the Sciences' 10th and 11th of game one.
Stennett followed Fabio's fourth-inning RBI single with one of his own for one of his two hits, and he also walked.
University of the Sciences hosts its second of three doubleheaders this week when it welcomes Felician to Richie Ashburn Field on Wednesday for 1 p.m. first pitch.