PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Center fielder Rick Reigner snapped a five-all tie with a two-out, two-run eighth inning double to give the Philadelphia University baseball team a 7-5 win game two over Bloomfield in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader on Alumni Field Saturday. The Deacons were 10-2 winners in game one.
Bloomfield starter Luis Mendoza took the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits and seven walks in seven innings. He struck out six.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a first baseman Jordan Force double and a two-run single by catcher Stephan Uhlak.
The score remained 3-0 until the top of the fourth when Bloomfield (20-12, 13-3 CACC) got on the board thanks to a double by second baseman Kevin Caraballo. The Deacons tied the score in the fifth with RBI hits by right fielder Emilio Fernandez and third baseman Anthony Koban.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Reigner came through with a two-run triple to right field that plated DeGennaro and Uhlak and put the Rams back in the lead, 5-4. Bloomfield tied the score on a groundout in the seventh.
In game one, the Deacons took control with a five-run fifth inning to extend their lead to 7-0. Designated hitter Edgardo Fernandez began the inning with a home run and first baseman Rafael Medina added a two-run single.
Philadelphia got on the board by pushing two runs across in the sixth. Left fielder Ken McCormick came home from third on a delayed double-steal in which Reigner went to second. Reigner went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error in an attempt to cut him down at third.
A Koban double and a Carballo triple got the two runs back for the Deacons in the seventh and made the score 9-2. Koban added a RBI single in the eighth.
Koban and left fielder Michael Judd led the Deacons 16-hit attack with three hits each. Koban finished with three RBIs.
Reigner had two of Philadelphia's three hits.
Luis Nova was the winning pitcher, going 6.2 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and fanning six. David Lerro took the loss, surrendering seven runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings. Lerro struck out three.
Philadelphia returns to action with a non-conference doubleheader at Kutztown Thursday, April 26 starting at 2 p.m. The Rams and Golden Bears will play two seven-inning games.