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Baseball Spotlight:
Devils Hand Owls First Loss at Ambler Field

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences men's baseball team snapped their six game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Division I Temple University yesterday, handing the Owls their first loss at Ambler Field, their new home.

Starter Daniel Fox (So., Harriton HS/Narberth, PA) worked out of two bases loaded jams and combined with two other Devil relievers to limit Temple to seven hits. Fox earned his first win of the season against four losses while Mike DeVincenzo (Fr., Bishop Hoban HS/Plains, PA) picked up his first save for the Devils, who improved to 9-21 overall.

The Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. With one out, Mike DeVincenzo's double was followed by a triple in almost the same spot by Corey Hider (So., Lake Charles-Boston HS/Lake Charles, LA) staking USP to a 1-0 lead. Hider scored on a single by Matt Batko (Fr., Mark T. Sheehan HS/Wallingford, CT) to make the score 2-0. Following a fly out, the ninth man in the order, Chip Wukitsch (Fr., Allentown Central Catholic/Slatington, PA) walked and leadoff batter, Nick Condo (So., Monsignor Bonner HS/Collingdale, PA), made the Owls pay with a two-out two-run double to left field making it 4-0.

Temple cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second as Fox worked out of a one-our bases-loaded jam, holding the Owls to just two runs. Temple made it 4-3 on a solo home run in the third and the score remained the same until the top of the sixth.

Hider was hit by a pitch to start the inning and later stole second. Batko reached base on an infield error allowing Hider to score the unearned run, making the score 5-3.

A single and a double by Temple in the bottom of the seventh pulled the Owls within one, 5-4. Rene Rodriguez (So., St. Peter's Prep HS/Union City, NJ) came on to relieve Fox and pitched a scoreless eighth to hold the lead. Mike DeVincenzo took over for Rodriguez in the ninth. DeVincenzo walked two batters before getting Mike Weckenman to strike out swinging to end the game and give the Devils a much needed win and confidence boost going into the Bill Giles Tournament later this week.

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