PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University stayed in the fight for the final spot in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament after picked up a big sweep of conference opponent Nyack, 4-1 and 8-6, Saturday afternoon on Alumni Field.
Philadelphia improves to 15-21 overall and evens its conference record at 9-9. The Rams are now tied with Bloomfield for the sixth spot and both teams end their conference schedule against Concordia (N.Y.) Post is two games behind in the win column at 7-9 with four CACC games to play.
Nyack is now 21-17 overall, 12-6 against the CACC.
Pitchers Cory Dean (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) and Steven Dickerson (Columbus, Ohio/Danbury) were dominate as they combined to allow just one run on six hits and strike out 11 Warrior hitters.
Dean went the first six innings and fanned eight, while allowing one run on six hits to earn his third win of the season (3-3). Dickerson closed out the game with three perfect innings of relief, including three strikeouts, for his first save.
The offense gave Dean some early run support with a RBI fielder's choice off the bat of second baseman Hector Gonzalez (Laredo, Texas/United) in the second inning that scored first baseman Jordan Force (Upper Perkiomen, Pa./East Greenville) and put Philadelphia up 1-0.
A two-out rally in the third inning helped increase the cushion to 3-0. After shortstop Fernando Garza worked a two-out walk, Force drove a 3-2 offering to right field for a double and allowed Garza to circle the bases for the first run. Right fielder Ken McCormick (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) followed up by jumping on the first pitch he saw from Cole Tobin and sending it to deep center for a RBI double.
Nyack closed within 3-1 in top of the fifth on a throwing error on a ball hit by Larry Vidaurre, that allowed John Kennedy, who tripled in the previous at-bat, to score.
Force—who finished the game going 3-for-4—got that run back in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI to right field to plate center fielder Rick Reigner (Havertown, Pa./Monsignor Bonner).
McCormick went 2-for-3 for the Rams. Jan-Pierre Crespo and Kennedy led Nyack with two hits each.
Tobin took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings and striking out four batters.
Philadelphia's offense went right to work in the bottom of the first inning by scoring a pair of runs to take the early 2-0 lead. Garza drove in the first run with a one-out fielder's choice and McCormick added run number two with a RBI single up the middle.
Nyack's first run of the game came on a fourth-inning lead-off home run to left by Vidaurre to trim the Philadelphia lead to 2-1. Designated hitter John Sczepanski (Lafayette Hill, Pa./La Salle College HS) answered back in the home half of the frame with the first of his two triples to bring home catcher TJ Burgmann and give the Rams their two-run lead back.
After the Warriors pulled within 3-2 in the sixth, Sczepanski came through with a RBI single and Reigner added a RBI fielder's choice to make it a 5-2 game after six innings.
Nyack closed the gap to 5-4 with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Philadelphia kept Nyack at bay by scoring three times in the bottom of the eighth to move in front 8-4. Gonzalez, Reigner, and third baseman Hunter Greenwood (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) all had RBI singles.
The Rams—who received four hits from Sczepanski and three from Gonzalez—outhit the Warriors 13-9. Kennedy, Vidaurre, and Brent James had two hits each for Nyack.
Starting pitcher David Lerro (Secane, Pa./Upper Darby) went struck out six and gave up two runs on three hit to improve to 2-4. Reliever Joseph Capparelli (Miami, Fla./Miami-Sunset) worked the eighth and ninth to record his fourth save.
Craig Jacobs took the loss for Nyack.
Philadelphia welcomes Bloomsburg to Alumni Field for a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 27 at noon. The team will honor its nine seniors prior to the first pitch.