Late-inning rally propels Rams to doubleheader split with #8 Southern Connecticut


FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Philadelphia University scored eight runs in the sixth inning to come-from-behind and take game two of its doubleheader against eighth-ranked Southern Connecticut, 9-6, at Diamond Nation Friday. The Owls won the first game, 10-0.

Philadelphia (2-3) trailed 3-1 heading into the home half of the sixth. The Rams put the first three hitters—right fielder Ryan Shellock (single), third baseman C.J. Wallowitch (single) and designated hitter Joe Thayres (walk)—to load the bases and begin the rally.

The Rams scored the first run on an error. Left fielder Ken McCormick walked home Thayres for run two. Center fielder Rick Reigner put Philadelphia in front with a bases-clearing single and an Owl error. Reigner came home from third on a wild pitch. Wallowitch brought in the final run with a one-out single to plate shortstop Hunter Greenwood, who reached base via walk.

Southern Connecticut (4-2) fought back in the seventh with a two-run homer from center fielder Mike Cleary.

Third baseman Kyle DeGennaro drove in the Rams' first run with a single in a second inning.

Relief pitcher Russell Trojan earned the victory for the Rams after throwing a scoreless 2.1 innings. He struck out three and gave up just two hits. Starter Sawyer Brown fanned five in 3.2 innings.

The Owls' Daniel Murdoch took the loss after allowing four runs in one-third of an inning.

In game one, Southern Connecticut outhit Philadelphia, 8-4. McCormick, Greenwood, pinch hitter Matthew Ruggieri and catcher T.J. Burgmann each had one hit for the Rams.

Rocco Cundari threw six innings, striking out three, to earn the win for Southern Connecticut. Jeff Bohus took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) in four innings. He struck out two hitters.

Philadelphia will play two more games against the Owls on Sunday, March 4 starting at noon at Diamond Nation.