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Baseball Explodes for 22 Hits in 17-1 Game One Win at Jefferson; Rams Walk-Off in Game Two for Doubleheader and Season Series Split

Baseball Explodes for 22 Hits in 17-1 Game One Win at Jefferson; Rams Walk-Off in Game Two for Doubleheader and Season Series Split

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team exploded for 22 hits in a 17-1 game one triumph at Jefferson on Friday afternoon. 

But despite holding a 4-1 through three innings of the nightcap, a Jefferson walk-off single resulted in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader and season-series split between the Devils and Rams 

The game one win was USciences' ninth this season, surpassing the Devils' wins total from all of last year, while its fifth CACC win matched last year's total. 

University of the Sciences' 22 hits in game one were its most in at least eight seasons, while its 17 runs were its most since February 2015. 

AJ Pena reached base in all six of his plate appearances, finishing 4-for-4 with two walks, three runs and two RBI.   

Chris Anderson had a five-hit performance as he went 5-for-6 with three RBI and two runs, and he added two more hits in the nightcap to finish the afternoon 7-for-9.

Matt McClennen and Justin Skinner both had three hits, with McClennen scoring three runs and Skinnner driving in three. McClennen also drove in two runs, while Skinner added a base on balls. 

Skinner also had two hits and a walk in the nightcap to finish the day 5-for-8 with two walks. 

Joe Duffy, Nick Amicon and Ryan Johnson made it seven Devils with multiple hits in the opener, and those three all also had two hits apiece in the game two. 

Johnson scored four runs, as he was hit by two pitches, while Amicon scored three times. 

Duffy tied Skinner and Anderson for the team lead with three RBI, while also scoring twice.

Nate Steele also had multiple RBI, while Brian Magee reached base twice with a hit and a walk while also driving in a run. 

USciences provided game one starter John McCrane with more than enough run support. He surrendered just one earned run for the second start in a row, going a career-long eight innings. His lone blemish was a solo home run, as he gave up six hits while striking out five against two walks.  

Joseph Jachimiak would then take the ball in the ninth and proceeded to pitch a scoreless inning of relief. 

Jefferson put the 17-1 game one result behind them quickly by scoring first in the bottom of the first in the nightcap, but USciences would plate two runs in both the second and the third with RBI's from Anderson, Duffy, Skinner and Amicon.  

The Devils stranded a runner in scoring position in both the fourth and fifth, and Jefferson would get within two in the fourth before tying the score at 4-4 in the fifth. 

Both teams had a double play end threats in the sixth and after University of the Sciences could not threaten in the top of the seventh, the Rams loaded the bases with zero outs in the bottom-half before walking off on a single up the middle.   

University of the Sciences is back on the road tomorrow, traveling to Concordia for a 12 p.m. doubleheader.