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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - The Wilmington University baseball team swept the season series with USciences, taking both ends of the doubleheader on Saturday at Richie Ashburn Field, 13-9 and 4-2.
A four-run eighth inning put the opener away before Danny Hyatt pitched tossed six strong in the night cap to close out the three-game sweep.
The Wildcats scored nine in the first five innings, but need a four-run eighth to keep the Devils (0-3, 0-3 CACC) at bay in the opener.
Three batters into the contest and the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead. Dom Fiorentino doubled to start the day and Brock Nowell brought him in with an RBI single. Quintin Ivy then laucnhed a two-run homer to put the Wildcats up, 3-0. Shawn Haut tacked on another RBI double in the inning, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.
The Devils closed it to 4-3 after two innings, but Nic Hertzfeld extended the lead back out to 7-3 with a three-run bomb in the top of the third. He was at it again in the top of the fifth, blasting another two-run shot to go up 9-3.
USciences answered with a single run in the fifth, and then three more in the sixth to get within 9-7. After a quiet seventh, the Wildcats broke it open in the eighth.
Brock Nowell forced in a run with a bases loaded walk and then Danny Hyatt knocked in two more with a two-run single. Haut walked to bring in another run and the Wildcats led 13-7.
Matt Warrington went the first 4.2 innings allowing four runs (three earned), on seven hits. Danny Sullivan earned the win with an effective 2.2 innings of relief, allowing one run on five hits. Anthony Giordano struck out three in 1.1 innings to end the game.
Danny Hyatt allowed three hits in six innings of work in his first outing of 2021, striking out five with only one walk. Rich Albrecht came on and struck out a pair in the seventh inning to earn his first save.
The game was tied 1-1 after three innings and the Wildcats would take the lead for good in the fourth. After Quintin Ivy walked, Hyatt bunted Ivy over, but also reached on an error, allowing Ivy to race all the way around to score on the play.
The Wildcats are on the road again on Wednesday, this time going out of conference to play a single game at Mercy. The first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.