HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The University of the Sciences baseball team concluded its season-opening weekend facing against yet another regionally-ranked opponent, falling 7-5 to East Stroudsburg on Sunday afternoon.
USciences (2-1) used a four-run second inning to take an early 4-1 lead and after the Warriors came back to tie it up with three runs in the fifth, freshman Jordan Stennett's RBI triple put the Devils back on top.
East Stroudsburg tied the game again with an unearned run in the sixth, its second of the game, before breaking the tie with two runs in the top of the ninth.
Stennett was one of two Devils with three hits on the afternoon, with sophomore Nate Steele registering the first three-hit game of his career.
Stennett finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run, while Steele went 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk.
Freshman Hiro Mizutani got the start in his first career appearance, allowing just one earned run in his first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He finished with six strikeouts against just two walks in 4.1 innings, surrendering three earned runs on six hits.
Eric Stratoti came on in relief, giving up two earned on eight hits in 4.2 frames. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
After a leadoff double led to a first inning East Stroudsburg run, Kris Morgenweck's leadoff double in the second began the four-run frame. Steele followed with a base on balls before Stennett doubled home Morgenweck to tie the game.
An Adam Reed base on balls sandwiched between the first two outs to load the bases and T.J. Dezzi drew a walk for an RBI, setting the stage for Fabio's two-run single to close out the four-run second.
Mizutani worked around back-to-back singles to open the third and a walk in the fourth, but a two-run home run and a double tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the fifth.
East Stroudsburg then answered Stennett's RBI double with on of its own to tie it up again in the sixth.
Only one runner reached scoring position in the seventh and eighth, before the Warriors opened the ninth with three straight singles for the eventual game-winning run.
University of the Sciences returns north to host its home-opener next weekend, welcoming Saint Anselm to Father Judge High School for a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 24.