The University of the Sciences baseball teams scored in each of the first four innings in the second game of their doubleheader against Chestnut Hill College Tuesday afternoon, coming away with a much needed 10-6 victory to earn a split of their two game conference series at Latshaw-McCarthy Field in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Chestnut Hill took the first game, 8-5. Sciences record after the split is now 12-19 overall and 4-11 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. The Griffins are now 14-20 overall and 7-9 in league play.
Jon McMahon (Millville HS/Millville, N.J.) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with hits in both contests while Kyle Davis (Garnet Valley HS/Garnet Valley, Pa.) extended his streak to consecutive games reaching base to 28, getting a hit in game one and drawing two walks in game two. Kyle O'Brien (Blue Mountain HS/Orwigsburg, Pa.) started and went 5.1 innings to earn his second win of the season. T.J. Maiorino (Bishop Eustace HS/Mt. Laurel, N.J.) pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn his first collegiate save.
Jay Andrews (Hunter Sports HS/Springfield NSW Australia) led off the game with a single and the Devils quickly had the bases loaded after Will Rebman (Towanda HS (Pa.)/Cape Coral, Fla.) was hit by a pitch and Davis walked. McMahon then doubled to left field, clearing the bases and staking Sciences to a 3-0 lead. Two batters later a single from Ronnie Petito (North Fort Myers HS/Cape Coral Fla.) moved McMahon to third and a sacrifice fly by Mike Gartland (Gloucester Catholic HS/Gloucester City, N.J.) brought him home to make the score 4-0.
The Devils scored two more runs in the second inning without the benefit of a hit as Andrews walked and advanced on a wild pitch, then Davis walked. Another wild pitch by Griffin pitcher Robert Andris and his subsequent throwing error allowed both runners to score.
The Griffins got two back in the bottom of the second before Sciences added three more runs in the third to take a 9-2 lead. C.J. Hertz (Sterling HS/Magnolia, N.J.) doubled home Petito with the first run of the inning and singles from Dylan McHaffie (South Side Area HS/Georgetown, Pa.) and a walk to Andrews loaded the bases. Rebman then hit a hard grounder that was mishandled by the Griffins shortstop allowing Hertz and McHaffie to score.
McMahon launched his second double of the game in the fourth, advancing to third on the throw and coming around to score on Petito's sacrifice fly, making the score 10-2.
Chestnut Hill added a single run in the fourth and three more in the sixth to chase O'Brien and round out the scoring. Maiorino gave up a single and a walk when he entered in the sixth, but retired the Griffins in order in the seventh and eighth innings. CHC's first batter in the ninth reached on an error but was erased on a double play before Maiorino induced an infield groundout to end the game and preserve the win.
In the opener the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and fifth innings before the Griffins plated four in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead and hang on for an 8-5 win.
Connor Lennox (Avon Grove HS/Landenberg, Pa.) had two hits and drove in three of the Devils five runs. Petito drove in a run and had three hits.
Lennox drove in the first run with a single in the first inning, scoring Jon McMahon who doubled with two outs. Davis tripled to lead off the third inning and scored on Lennox's RBI groundout. Lennox notched his third RBI in the fifth with a single, scoring Davis who reached base on an error and advanced on a groundout.
A two run triple by CHC's Michael McLaughlin highlighted the Griffin's four-run fifth inning as the hosts took the lead 4-3. The Griffins scored two more times off USci starter C.J. Hertz in the seventh to lead 6-3 before the Devils got the two runs back in the top of the eighth.
Lennox was hit by a pitch and came around to score on Petito's long double to right center, advancing to third on throw. He then scored on a wild pitch to close the gap to one, 6-5.
The Griffins pulled away however in the bottom of the eight with two more runs to lead 8-5. Sciences loaded the bases in the ninth, getting a pinch hit single from Mark Gervasi (Central HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) before Maiorino was hit by a pitch and Davis walked to load the bases with one out. McMahon then struck out and Lennox grounded out to end the game, leaving all three runners stranded.
Hertz took the loss and falls to 2-5 on the season.
The Devils are back in action on Thursday, April 18, 2013 when the y travel to face Philadelphia University in a single game at PU's Alumni Field.