POMONA, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University baseball team pounded out 28 hits as it swept host Nyack in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader, 14-8 and 11-3, Saturday afternoon at Provident Bank Park.
With the sweep, the Rams improve to 11-14-1 overall and 6-1 in the CACC. Nyack is now 3-11 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Trailing 3-1 after one, Philadelphia's offense came alive as it scored 13 times over the next four innings, including a six-run second and a five-run third, to take a 14-3 advantage.
Junior center fielder Rick Reigner (Havertown, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) and junior catcher TJ Burgmann (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College HS) both recorded an RBI single in the second inning. During the third inning, senior designated hitter Jeff Bohus (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill E.) came through with a RBI double and sophomore right fielder Ken McCormick (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) had a RBI base hit.
The barrage would be all the run support sophomore starter David Lerro (Secane, Pa./Upper Darby) would need as he went eight innings, struck out three, and allowed seven runs on eight hits.
Junior first baseman Jordan Force and McCormick paced the 16-hit attack with three each. Bohus finished the game with three RBIs, while junior left fielder Shane Yoshiyama (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School), junior third baseman Chris Pelaez (Miami, Fla./Sunset), and McCormick recorded two.
Nyack's Cole Tobin went 3-for-3, while Phil Erwin knocked in four runs.
The bats stayed hot in game two as Philadelphia plated two runs in the first and two more in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Burgmann knocked in one run in the first and Reigner came up with a two-run single in the second.
Nyack pushed two runs across in the second to cut the margin to 4-2. The game remained that way until the fourth when Philadelphia scored three times on a Reigner RBI single and two wild pitches to move ahead 7-2.
After the Warriors plated a single run in the seventh, the Rams ended the game by scoring two times in the eighth and ninth.
Freshman starter Casey O'Donnell (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) earned the victory as he went 6.1 innings, fanned five and gave up three runs—two earned—on eight hits.
Burgmann was 3-for-6 in the nightcap and Reigner knocked in three runs.
Brent James and Tobin recorded a pair of hits each for Nyack.
The Rams return home to host Chestnut Hill in a CACC game on Monday, April 1 at 3 p.m.