WATERBURY, Conn. – The University of the Sciences baseball team salvaged a doubleheader split at Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North preseason favorite Post behind the arm of Kris Morgenweck, who tossed five scoreless in game two's 4-1 triumph after the Eagles had taken game one 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Morgenweck and game one starter John McCrane combined to give USciences starters a final line of 11.1 innings pitched, seven hits and just one earned run, with 17 strikeouts against six walks.
Morgenweck allowed just two hits in his five frames, with seven strikeouts and two walks. The junior's eighth career win moved him into a tie for seventh in program history.
USciences led 1-0 through six and half innings of game one as McCrane struck out a career-high 10 and gave up just five hits in his 6.1 innings, holding Post scoreless for the first six frames.
University of the Sciences (3-3 CACC) stranded two runners in the first inning of game two but would score in each of its next three at-bats
It was Justin Skinner manufacturing the first run in the second, leading off with a single, stealing a base, and scoring on a wild pitch after advancing to third on a ground out.
That was part of a performance in which the redshirt-sophomore finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases in the nightcap, capping a day in which he finished 5-for-7.
Morgenweck worked around the first batters reaching the bottom of the second, thanks in large part to catcher Nate Steele picking off a runner, and USciences doubled its advantage in the third after AJ Pena led off with a double and scored on Nick Amicon's sacrifice fly.
Morgenweck stuck out the side in the third, stranding runners at second and third after a two-out double, and University of the Sciences provided even more insurance in the top of the fourth.
It was then Joe Duffy breaking the game open with a two-run double to double the lead to 4-0.
After Morgenweck exited, Ryan Johnson surrendered just one hit in his two innings of relief.
University of the Sciences broke a scoreless game one in the top of the sixth when a wild pitch scored Jared Capozza, who had led off with a walk. Chris Anderson followed with a single and after a Duffy sacrifice bunt, a pitching change led to a second out before the wild pitch.
USciences remained on top entering the seventh but stranded a runner in scoring position, and Post tied the score in the bottom-half before breaking the game open with four runs the eighth.
The Devils play their first home game of the season at Richie Ashburn Field this Tuesday, hosting Jefferson for a 12 p.m. doubleheader.