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Unearned Runs Doom Baseball in Game One; Game Two Comeback Falls Short at Nyack

Unearned Runs Doom Baseball in Game One; Game Two Comeback Falls Short at Nyack

POMONA, N.Y. – Unearned runs doomed the University of the Sciences baseball team in a game one loss of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader at Nyack on Monday, before a potential game two comeback fell short in the nightcap at PCU Park. 

Seven of the eight runs Nyack scored in the 8-2 opener were unearned, while USciences erased a 4-1 deficit in the nightcap with a three-run fifth, only to have the Warriors answer with two runs in the bottom-half en route to a 6-4 win. 

Trailing 3-0 through three innings of game two, a one-out hit by pitch by Nick Amicon in the fourth led to the Devils scoring their first run after a Justin Skinner double and Jordan Stennett sacrifice fly, but Nyack immediately countered with a run of its own in the bottom-half. 

University of the Sciences finally broke out in the fifth as Matt McClennen drove in two with an RBI single, before stealing third and coming in to score on a Amicon sacrifice fly. 

Ryan Johnson and AJ Pena had gotten the frame started with a walk and a single. 

As they had in the fourth though, the Warriors had an answer in the form of a two-run single with two outs that turned out to be the final scoring play of the afternoon after USciences could not threaten in either the sixth or the seventh. 

Chris Anderson led the offense on the afternoon with his fourth three-hit game of the season in game one. He also drove in both runs, before reaching base twice again in the nightcap with a hit, walk and stolen base. 

Joe Duffy doubled twice in the opener, leading to both of University of the Sciences' runs, while Skinner also had two hits. 

Johnson reached base twice with a hit and a walk in game two.  

Just one of the six runs game one starter John Michael Sabatino surrendered in his three innings were earned, while both of the runs that Johnson gave up in his four relief innings were unearned. 

Alec Sherk was also effective in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth, while Jake Patridge threw a hitless relief frame in game two. 

University of the Sciences closes out its 2019 campaign with a doubleheader at Felician on Wednesday at 12 p.m.