The University of the Sciences baseball team won their first game of the season Monday afternoon, defeating Nyack College 2-1 in the opening game of their doubleheader at Diamond Nation in Flemington, New Jersey.
The Devils lost game two to the Warriors, 4-3 giving the two teams a split of the series. USciences is now 1-10 overall and 1-3 in Central Atlantic collegiate Conference games. Nyack is 3-13 overall and also 1-3 in league play.
Pablo Matos pitched eight solid innings to earn the win in the opener. The junior righthander allowed just four hits and walked three while striking out eight. Kyle O'Brien relieved Matos two batters into the ninth inning to pick up the save.
Mark Gervasi continued his hot hitting with a pair of singles and a walk in four appearances at the plate. It was Gervasi's fifth multiple hit game of the season. Ryan Scholey also added two hits and an RBI and Trevor Datz had an RBI double.
Datz's double plated the first Devils run in the fourth inning. Christian DeLuca started thingsa off with a one-out single and advanced to second on an infield groundout. After Gervasi drew a walk, Datz delivered the double to score DeLuca and give the team a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the ninth inning. Gervasi led off with as single and was sacrificed to second. He advanced to third on an infield groundout and scored when Scholey singled.
Nyack got their lone run in their final at-bat as the first two batters, Tino Pardo and Yoni Rodriguez singled off Matos, ending his day on the mound. A sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position before Cole Tobin grounded out as Pardo scored. O'Brien then induced another groundout to end the game.
In the nightcap, Nyack scored solo runs in the first, fifth, sixth and seventh innings and held off the Devils to earn a 4-3 win.
Chris Geraci took the loss for the Devils, his first of the season. Geraci pitched five-plus innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four.
Tobin and two relief pitcher limited the Devils to just four hits. Tobin pitched seven innings allowing two runs on three hits while striking out six and walking four.
Nyack jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Devils pulled within one with two runs in the top half of the seventh inning. Gervasi led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on Scholey's double and then scored on Matt Miniconzi's groundout. A pinch hit single by Datz and a walk to Derek DeMaria loaded the bases. DeLuca then drew a bases-loaded walk to pull the devils within one 3-2.
The Warriors scored one in the bottom half of the inning and USciences got their final run in the top half of the eighth as Pat Hiester scored on an infield error to make the score 4-3. The Devils went down in order in the ninth to give Nyack the 4-3 win.
The baseball team returns to action on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 when they host Post University at Richie Ashburn Field. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.