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Warriors Take Two from Devils

The University of the Sciences baseball team  had eight hits in each of their two games against Nyack College on Saturday but continue to struggle to put runs on the scoreboard as the Warriors completed a two game sweep, 6-3 and 2-0 at Richie Ashburn Field in Philadelphia. 

The two losses extend Sciences losing streak to 15 games and drop the team's record to 1-15 overall and 0-4 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games.  Nyack improves to 7-8 overall and 2-0 in league play. 

In the opener, Mark Gervasi (Central HS/Philadelphia, Pa.) had three hits of the Devils eight hits in the game and drove in two of Sciences three runs.  Matt Miniconzi (Highand HS/Blackwood, N.J.) added a hit, a walk and an RBI.  C.J. Hertz (Sterling HS/Magnolia, N.J.) struck out seven in six innings pitched with allowing all six runs to take the loss and fall to 0-3 on the season. 

Nyack jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a single run in the first, three more in the third and two more in the sixth.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Devils had a chance to do some damage as Gervasi singled, Miniconzi drew a walk and Connor Lennox (Avon Grove HS/Landenberg, Pa.) reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with nobody out.  However the Devils next three batters, Patrick Hiester (Gloucester Catholic HS/Sewell, N.J.), T.J. Maiorino (Bishop Eustace HS/Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and Trevor Datz (Pitman HS/Mullica Hill, N.J.) all took called third strikes as the Devils left the bases loaded to end the inning. 

Mike Pollastrelli (Williamstown HS/Williamstown, N.J.) singled to open the bottom of the seventh inning and advanced to third on Derek DeMaria's (Gloucester Catholic HS/Bellmawr, N.J) one-out single down the left field line.  Gervasi then doubled to right centerfield to plate Pollastrelli with the Devils first run.  A Miniconzi sacrifice fly scored DeMaria to make the score 6-2. 

Sciences got their last run in the ninth inning as Jay Andrews (Hunter Sports HS/Springfield NSW Australia) delivered a one-out single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Gervasi's single through the right side.  Miniconzi then reached on an error, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Lennox, however lined out to second base to end the game, leaving two more runners stranded on the base paths. 

A total of 11 runners were left on base by the Devils in the first game. giving them a total of 34 left on the bases in their first three conference games, most in the CACC. 

The Devils scattered eight hits in the second game of the twinbill, but were unable to push any runs across the board as the Warriors scored twice early in the game and hung on for a 2-0 win. 

Pollastrelli had two of the Devils eight hits.  Pablo Matos (Island Coast HS/Cape Coral, Fla.) turned in a solid outing, striking out seven in seven innings pitched while giving up both Nyack runs to take the loss and fall to 1-4 on the season. 

Phil Erwin had three hits for the Warriors, all singles and drove in both Nyack runs with a single up the middle in the second inning.  Craig Jacobs picked up a complete game win, striking out five and walking none. 

The Devils put two runners on in the second and third innings only to hit into an inning ending double play each time.  The Devils did not put another runner on base until Andrews singled in the sixth.  Andrews was left stranded and one inning later the Devils hit themselves out of an inning with another inning-ending double play.  A single in the eighth and again in the ninth innings were all the base runners Sciences could muster as the game came to its conclusion.

 The Devils return to action on Sunday, March 23, 2014 when they travel to face Millersville University for a non-conference doubleheader.