PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A six-run sixth inning broke open a scoreless game and then the Philadelphia University baseball team held on the defeat the University of the Sciences 6-4 in game one of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader Thursday afternoon on Richie Ashburn Field. The Devils came back to take the nightcap, 8-2.
The outburst started with one-out in the sixth as Philadelphia (7-25, 1-8 CACC) loaded the bases with a single by center fielder Rick Reigner, a walk by first baseman Jordan Force, and designated hitter Jack Madnick reaching on an error.
Second baseman Kevin Giambri and third baseman Kyle DeGennaro doubled the lead with a RBI single and RBI walk, respectively. Shortstop Hunter Greenwood drove in the fifth and sixth runs on a base hit.
The Devils (7-13, 3-6) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when third baseman Ronnie Pettito singled home a run. The University of the Sciences pulled closer in the seventh with a RBI single by second baseman Jeff Murtha and a two-run double by catcher Dennis Murphy.
Reigner finished the game with two of the Rams' eight hits.
Russell Trojan threw a complete game to earn the victory. He struck out seven batters. Jon McMahon was the losing pitcher after allowing six runs, one earned, on five hits in 5.1 innings.
In the second game the big inning belonged to the Devils, who scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie. The big blow in the frame was a bases-loaded triple by right fielder Will Rebman.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Reigner single. The Devils answered back with single runs in the third and fourth innings to grab a 2-1 lead.
Shellock knotted the score at two after drawing a bases-loaded, two-out walk in the top of the fifth.
Reigner had three of Philadelphia's 10 hits. Left fielder Ken McCormick, Shellock and Madnick added two hits each.
Six different Devils recorded two hits.
Dan McMahon was the winning pitcher after 4.2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out nine and gave up three hits.
Jeff Bohus suffered the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits and fanning three.