PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Johnson's five hitless relief innings helped the USciences baseball team salvage a doubleheader split, as the Devils scored seven unanswered in a 9-6 game two win in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play on Tuesday at Richie Ashburn Field.
Univerity of the Sciences had to bounce back from a 17-4 setback in game one, and the game two victory was the Devils' eighth in CACC play this season, tied for the second-most in program history
Johnson came on with USciences trailing 3-2 with runners on first and second and none away in the second inning, and he walked the first batter he faced.
He limited the damage to just a sacrifice fly, and would go on to throw the next four frames surrendering just two base on balls.
University of the Sciences scored the first of its seven unanswered in the bottom-half, coming back to tie the score at 4-4 on back-to-back infield singles by AJ Pena and Joe Duffy, after Justin Skinner sparked the frame with a leadoff double.
Johnson then worked hitless third and fourth frames, setting the stage for University of the Sciences to break out in the fourth.
Tied at 4-4, the Devils loaded the bases with one out on a Pena single, a Duffy walk and an error.
Nate Steele's leadoff walk led to two more runs in the fifth, the second coming on Duffy's double.
That double capped a 5-for-7 day for Duffy, who also had three RBI, two walks, two doubles, a triple and a run scored.
Joining him with multiple hits in both games was Skinner, who finished the day with three runs, two doubles, a walk, a hit by pitch and a stolen base.
Amicon and Pena both had two hits in the nightcap as well, with Pena scoring twice.
Both teams scored four runs in their first two-at bats of game two, as Jordan Stennett's two-run home run with two outs in the first momentarily gave USciences a 2-1 lead.
A leadoff homer sparked a three-run second for Goldey-Beacom though, before Johnson came on to limit the damage.
Duffy reached base four times in game one, finishing 3-for-4 with a triple, double, walk and two RBI for his second three-hit game of the season.
Skinner and Anderson both had two hits and a walk, while Skinner was also hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored two runs.
Notably, Stennett pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his first career collegiate appearance.
These two teams complete their four-game series at Goldey-Beacom this Friday with a doubleheader at 12 p.m.