Thursday, April 5, 2007
By Bob Heller
East Stroudsburg University banged out 13 hits as they handed the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia baseball team their fifth straight loss, 15-3 in a non-league contest at Richie Ashburn Field in south Philadelphia this afternoon.
The Devils fall to 3-14 with the loss. The Warriors improve to 13-11.
Jacob DeBoer went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and three stolen bases while Kirk Mueller drove in five runs with a triple and a two-run home run to help pace the ESU offense. Brendan O'Malley also drove in three runs. Richard Larson, who entered the game with a 13.50 earned run average in four appearances for the Warriors earned his first win of the season, pitching a complete game and striking out six.
Rich Cipoletti (Sr., Half Hollow Hills West HS/Dix Hills, N.Y.) had three of the Devils eight hits, going 3-for-4 with a double on the afternoon. Michael DeVincenzo (Sr., Bishop Hoban HS/Plains, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double while Phil Maher (Jr., Norristown HS/Norristown, Pa.) and Chris Longo (Jr., Cherry Hill East HS/Cherry Hill, N.J.) each drove in a run. Five of the Devils eight hits went for extra bases. Maher took the loss for USP, pitching seven innings and giving up 11 hits and nine earned runs.
The Warriors scored once in the first without a hit and twice more in the third to take a 3-0 lead before the Devils got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Consecutive doubles by Brandon Boucher (Fr., Washington Township HS/Sewell, N.J.), Maher and Longo led to two USP runs as the Devils pulled within one 3-2.
In the next half inning, ESU sent nine men to the plate, scoring six times to open up a 9-2 lead. O'Malley's one-out bases loaded double brought home the first two runs of the inning. Josh Butler followed with a single to score two more runs, before Mueller belted a two-run home run to clear the bases and make the score 9-2.
ESU added a single run in the sixth to make the score 10-2 before the Devils got one back in the bottom of the sixth as DeVincenzo singled and advanced to third on an error and later came around to score on a wild pitch.
With the score 10-3 the Warriors tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth, all off reliever Daniel Storms (So., East Brunswick HS/East Brunswick, N.J.) to make the final score 15-3.