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Baseball Leads Early; Five-Run Minnesota-Crookston Eighth Downs Devils in 8-3 Loss

Baseball Leads Early; Five-Run Minnesota-Crookston Eighth Downs Devils in 8-3 Loss

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of the Sciences baseball team jumped out to 3-0 lead with a three-run second and was still leading 3-2 through five innings of play, before Minnesota-Crookston tied the game in the sixth and scored five in the eighth to pull away from Devils for an 8-3 win on Thursday afternoon. 

Four of the Golden Eagles' runs in the eighth were unearned, as reliever Austin Blumetti struck out three in his 1.2 frames before John Michael Sabatino threw a scoreless ninth. 

Starter Andrew Szpindor turned in a quality start despite giving up 10 hits, allowing just three earned to go along with five strikeouts and just one walk. 

Offensively Jordan Stennett finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-RBI double that put USciences on the board, before eventually coming in to score the Devils' third run. 

Ryan Johnson and Justin Skinner had led off the second with a walk and a single. 

Chris Anderson joined Stennett in reaching base multiple times as he went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases, a hit by pitch and a walk. 

USciences had runners reach scoring position in seven of its nine at-bats on the afternoon, including having chances to extend the lead in the third and fourth and re-take the lead in the sixth and the seventh, but the Devils would come away with a run in just one of those seven innings.  

University of the Sciences is back on the diamond early tomorrow morning to take on Cedarville at 9:45 a.m. in its final game of its Spring Break trip.