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Davis’ Seven Hits Ties Record as Devils Are Swept in Season Finale

Davis’ Seven Hits Ties Record as Devils Are Swept in Season Finale

Kyle Davis tied a school record with seven hits in a doubleheader but the University of the Sciences baseball team was swept in their season finale losing 9-8 in 12 innings and 6-5 to Nyack College at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, New York Friday night. 

The Devils finished their season with a 14-22 overall mark and a 6-14 record in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. 

Davis (Garnet Valley HS/Garnet Valley, Pa.) had four hits in six at-bats in the opener as the Devils rallied from a 7-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead only to have the Warriors tie the game at 8-8  in the ninth and win it in the 12th inning, 9-8.  Davis had a double and three singles. 

The senior shortstop added three more hits in the nightcap, including another double as the Devils bowed 6-5.    The seven hits ties his own school record of seven hits in a doubleheader set back on March 28, 2011 against Wilmington University.  In reaching base safely in both games, Davis closed out his career with a streak of 33 consecutive games reaching base safely, a school record. 

In the opener, Nyack scored four times in the first inning and the Devils got one back on Ronnie Petito's (North Fort Myers HS/Cape Coral, Fla.) solo home run in the second inning.   Solo runs by the Warriors in the third, fifth and six innings gave the hosts a 7-1 lead. 

The Devils scored three times in the seventh inning, getting a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Kyle O'Brien (Blue Mountain HS/Orwigsburg, Pa.), an infield groundout from C.J. Hertz (Sterling HS/Magnolia, Pa.) and an RBI single from Jay Andrews (Hunter Sports HS/Springfield NSW Australia) to close the gap to 7-4. A single by Connor Lennox (Avon Grove HS/Landenberg, Pa.), a double from Petito and a walk to Mike Gartland (Gloucester Catholic HS/Gloucester City, N.J.) had started the rally. 

In the eight inning, the Devils scored four times to take an 8-7 lead.  Gartland's triple brought home Lennox and Jon McMahon (Millville HS/Millville, N.J.) and after a walk to O'Brien, pinch hitter Mark Gervasi (Central HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) drilled a long double to score Gartland with the tying run and O'Brien with the go-ahead run.

The Warriors tied it in the ninth and three straight singles of Dan McMahon (Millville HS/Millville, N.J.) in the 12th brought home the winning run in a wild 9-8 game. 

Dan McMahon worked the final three innings to take the loss and finish at 0-5 on the season.  Petito added three hits in the game to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. 

In the nightcap, the Warriors again struck first, scoring in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead.  Sciences got one back in the fourth as Davis doubled and went to third on a dropped third strike play that got Jon McMahon out at first.   Petito then singled him home.   

Nyack made the score 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Devils again closed to within one the next inning.  O'Brien singled and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt.  He then scored on Dylan McHaffie's (South Side Area HS/Georgetown, Pa.) infield groundout. 

Two more Nyack runs in the sixth and another in the seventh put the Warriors on top 6-2 heading into the eighth inning. Sciences made one more comeback attempt in the eighth.  Will Rebman (Towanda HS/Cape Coral, Fla.) doubled to lead off the inning and went to third on Davis' single.  Jon McMahon's infield groundout scored Rebman as Davis moved on to third.  He then scored on a wild pitch.   A walk to Petito and a single from Lennox led to O'Brien's RBI single  with two out, scoring pinch runner T.J. Maiorino (Bishop Eustace HS/Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and cutting the Warrior lead to 6-5.  Sciences however went down in order in the ninth and could pull no closer. 

Hertz took the loss to fall to 2-7 on the season, tossing seven innings an allowing all six runs (five earned).   Davis came on to pitch for the first time in his career, tossing a hitless eighth inning with one walk and one strikeout.  Rebman and O'Brien each had two hits to go along with the three from Davis. Petito with his one hit, closed out his career on a high note as well, finishing with a 13-game hitting streak.