PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team took game one of a doubleheader against Bloomsburg, 7-6, on Sunday at Father Judge High School, giving the Devils their first win of 2019.
A seven-run third was the difference for Bloomsburg in the nightcap, a 9-4 Huskies victory.
The game one triumph was Head Coach Kyle Davis' first win with his alma mater.
Nate Steele had a career day, reaching base in his first five at-bats to finish 5-for-6 with five RBI and two runs, all while hitting his first career two home runs.
He went a perfect 3-for-3 with a career-high three RBI and two runs in game one, and drove in the first two runs of the nightcap, including momentarily putting USciences on top with a solo homer in the second.
Steele's home run gave University of the Sciences its first lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the third, albeit momentarily when Bloomsburg tacked on its third unearned run to tie it in the fourth.
The Devils wasted little time in regaining the lead with a three-run bottom half, although after loading the bases with zero outs on three straight walks it looked as though the Devils may come up empty when back-to-back outs were recorded.
After a wild pitch put University of the Sciences back on top, Steele capped his perfect game at the plate with the eventual game-winner, a two-out, two-RBI single.
A leadoff error in the sixth led to Bloomsburg's fourth unearned run, but closer Ryan Johnson did well to limit a zero-out, bases loaded jam to just two runs to keep the Devils ahead.
He then worked around a one-out walk in the seventh, thanks in large part to Steele throwing out a pinch runner stealing for the second out, to secure University of the Sciences' first win of 2019.
Johnson's fourth career saved moved him into a tie for second in program history.
Austin Blumetti earned the win with 1.1 innings of hitless relief, stranding two runners in scoring position by ending the fourth with a strikeout.
He relieved starter Andrew Szpindor, who went the first 3.2 frames surrendering just one earned.
In game two, John Michael Sabatino pitched 4.1 innings of one-run ball in relief, allowing just three hits while striking out four.
University of the Sciences will travel south to Longwood, Fla. to play seven games in seven days as part of its Spring Break trip, beginning next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Texas-Tyler.