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Big Innings Propel Devils to Sweep over Cougars

Nick Szalejko had four hits and drove in four runs in the Devils 14-4 win over Caldwell College, completing a two-game sweep of Cougars Saturday afternoon at the Kiwanis Oval in Caldwell, New Jersey.  Sciences won the first game, 7-2. 

The Devils even their record at 7-7 overall and move to 2-2 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games.  Caldwell falls to 1-14 overall and 0-2 in league play. 

Szalejko (Archbishop Carroll HS/Norristown, Pa.) went 4-6 in the nightcap, driving in four runs with the big blow being a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning.  He also had a pair of doubles.  Mike Gartland (Gloucester Catholic HS/Gloucester City, N.J.) added three RBI with a bases clearing double in the sixth inning and John McConville (Cornwall Central HS/New Windsor, N.Y.) went the distance giving up nine hits and four runs (one earned) while walking nine and striking out two.  For McConville, it was his first career complete game and he improved his record to 2-1 on the season. 

Sciences did all of their scoring in two innings, sending 12 men to the plate in an eight-run sixth inning and ten batters in a six-run seventh inning.  In the sixth Gartland drew a one-out walk and came around to score on singles by Connor Lennox (Avon Grove HS/Landenberg, Pa.) and Jon McMahon (Millville HS/Millville, N.J.).  Walks to Andrew Hollander (Palisades HS/Kintnersville, Pa.) and Ronnie Petito (North Fort Myers HS/Cape Coral, Fla.) brought home another run and loaded the bases.  Dan McMahon (Millville HS/Millville, N.J.) reached on an infield error which brought home his brother to tie the game at 3-3. A walk to T.J. Maiorino (Bishop Eustace HS/Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and a single from Szalejko added two more runs to make the score 5-3 before Gartland belted a bases clearing double to left center field, putting the Devils ahead 8-3. 

One inning later, the devils were at it again.  Lennox led off with a double and Jon McMahon followed with an infield single as Lennox was held at second.  A walk to Hollander loaded the bases and two batters later Dan McMahon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Lennox.  Maiorino walked in another run and Szalejko cleared the bases with a triple to left centerfield.  Kyle Davis (Garnet Valley HS/Garnet Valley, Pa.) later doubled to score Szalejko and the Devils led 14-3. 

Caldwell scored their fourth run in the eighth inning, almost the same way they scored two of their first three; taking advantage of errors by the Devils.  Sciences committed six errors in the game, leading to three unearned runs. 

In the opening game, The Devils sent ten batters to the plate in a six run sixth inning as they came away with a 7-2 win.  Pablo Matos (Island Coast HS/Cape Coral Fla.) went eight innings to earn his first collegiate win, giving up just one run on nine hits while striking out five.  James Ianni (St. Augustine Prep HS/Vineland, N.J.) gave up one run on two hits in the ninth inning. 

Sciences managed just five hits in the game, but strung together four of them  while taking advantage of a pair of Cougar errors to produce the big inning.  The Devils trailed 1-0 when Maiorino came in to pinch hit for Dylan McHaffie (South Side area HS/Georgetown, Pa.) and reached on an error.  Jay Andrews (Hunter Sports HS/Springfield NSW Australia) sacrificed him to second and Szalejko was hit by a pitch and Gartland loaded the bases with a single.  Lennox then singled down the rightfield line to score Maiorino and Kyle O'Brien (Blue Mountain HS/Orwigsburg, Pa.) singled up the middle to plate two more runs.   Petito followed with a long triple to left center field to score two more runs and later scored on the second Cougar error of the inning, giving the Devils a 6-1 lead. 

Andrews scored the Devils seventh run in the seventh inning, reaching on an error and moving to second on a Szalejko sacrifice bunt.  Two wild pitches then brought him home. 

Caldwell loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and scored their second run on a sacrifice fly by Paul Nyitray.  Ianni then retired Joe O'Donnell to end the game. 

The Devils return to action on Sunday, March 24, 2013 when they host Concordia College in a non conference doubleheader at Richie Ashburn Field.   First pitch is at 12:00 p.m.