PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team cut 2-0 deficits to 2-1 in both games of a doubleheader against regionally-ranked Bloomsburg on Saturday, before the Huskies would pull away for eventual 7-2 and 11-3 wins in the two teams' season-openers at Father Judge High School.
Matt McClennen reached base six times on the day with three hits and three walks in his first career action for USciences, while Nick Amicon drove in three of the Devils' five runs while also walking three times.
After Bloomsburg jumped on top with a two-run home run in the first inning of game one, University of the Sciences manufactured a run to cut the deficit in half in the third.
Freshman AJ Pena reached on a fielder's choice with two outs and after stealing second, he came in to score on McClennen's RBI single down the right field line.
Bloomsburg came back with three in the top of the fourth though, all with two outs. After a bases-loaded walk, a two-RBI single up the middle gave the Huskies a four-run cushion.
USciences' best chance to cut into that cushion would come when it loaded the bases with one out in the fifth on singles by Justin Skinner and McClennen and a Pena walk.
Amicon drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to make the score 5-2, but the Devils could not get any closer.
Bloomsburg cancelled out that run with another homer in the sixth, before tacking on another in the seventh.
McClennen finished game one with three hits in his first career game as a Devil, while Amicon and Pena reached twice with two bases on balls each.
Starter John McCrane struck out six in his 3.1 innings.
In game two, Jacob Whittington stole third base and drew an errant throw to come in and make the score 2-1 in the bottom of the second, after a two-run homer in the first put Bloomsburg on top early again.
A five-run Huskies fourth broke the game open though, and Amicon's two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth could only bring USciences as close as 8-3.
Amicon also walked in the nightcap, while McClennen drew three base on balls.
University of the Sciences and Bloomsburg meet again tomorrow for another doubleheader at Father Judge, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.