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Three-Run First Not Enough for Baseball in Championship Game of Bill Giles Invitational at Citizens Bank Park

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences baseball team got off to a great start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first of an eventual 7-3 loss to Wilmington in the Championship Game of the Bill Giles Invitational hosted at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday afternoon. 

Matt McClennen got it started with the first of three straight hits, a triple, before a Chris Anderson double and Nick Amicon single drove in the first two runs. 

After the second out was recorded, back-to-back two-out singles by Justin Skinner and Nate Steele put a stamp on the three-run frame. 

Starter Hiro Mizutani shut out Wilmington for the first two innings, but the Wildcats busted out for four runs in the third thanks in large part to two errors that contributed to three unearned runs. 

The one earned was all that Miuztani surrendered in his four innings, in which he scattered five hits. 

Wilmington then added insurance with a two-out run in the fifth, before closing the scoring with a two-run eighth. 

After University of the Sciences' five-hit first, the Devils could manage just three hits the remainder of the afternoon. 

Ryan Johnson had two of them, doubling in both the fourth and the seventh.

Justin Skinner also had two hits, while Nick Amicon reached base twice with a walk, in addition to his first inning RBI single. 

Notably, Jake Patridge and Jordan Stennett both threw scoreless innings of relief.   

University of the Sciences hosts Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South leader Felician tomorrow at 12 p.m. for its home finale.