PHILADELPHIA – Trailing 8-5 after a four-run Saint Anselm sixth inning, the University of the Sciences baseball team responded in a big way with five runs in the bottom half to comeback and knock off the Hawks 10-8 in its home-opener at Father Judge High School on Saturday afternoon.
The five runs came after the Devils scored four to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
USciences (2-2) batted around in the sixth, which began with a T.J. Dezzi walk. Collin Fabio followed with a single and despite a fielder's choice, a Kris Morgenweck baseball on base on balls loaded the bases for Nick Amicon.
Amicon drew a walk of his own for the first run and after a pitching change, Tom Aaron doubled over the center fielder's head to tie the score at eight.
There was still work left to be done and despite two runners reaching, freshman John McCrane closed out the win with his second strikeout of the frame to pick up his first collegiate victory.
That put a stamp on 1.2 scoreless for McCrane, who gave up just one hit with three strikeouts against just one walk. He came on in the sixth to halt Saint Anselm's momentum with back-to-back outs.
Fabio was the lone Devil with two hits, much in large part to University of the Sciences drawing 11 base on balls. The junior also scored twice and drove in a run during USciences' four-run fourth.
Dezzi and Morgenweck each drew three base on balls, with Dezzi adding a hit and a run. Ryan Scholey walked twice with and scored three runs.
Amicon also finished finished with two walks, along with two RBI and a run scored. He was one of four Devils to drive in two runs, along with Aaron, Stennett and Reed. Reed also reached base twice with a walk and a hit.
Morgenweck was University of the Sciences' starter, and he left the game with a lead after battling through five innings. He surrendered just four hits, but walked four en route to three earned runs.
An unearned run also scored as part of Saint Anselm's two-run second inning to open the scoring, and the Hawks added a run in the third for an early 3-0 lead.
After Morgenweck's only 1-2-3 frame in the fourth, Stennett got USciences back into it with an sacrifice fly to score Scholey, after he had led off with a walk.
Saint Anselm (2-2) came right back with a sacrifice fly of its own though, before the University of the Sciences offense finally got going in the fifth.
The first six Devils to come to the plate in the sixth reached base, beginning with Christian DeLuca's infield single. Dezzi walked before Fabio drove in DeLuca in, and then a Scholey base on balls loaded the bases.
That was the first of three straight base on balls, with Morgenweck and Amicon each earning RBI's.
When it looked like Saint Anselm would get out of it with back-to-back outs, Adam Reed gave USciences its first lead with an RBI infield single.
Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to impending inclement weather, and the two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow, at Father Judge High School, beginning at 1 p.m.