Bats come alive as baseball splits with Nyack

Bats come alive as baseball splits with Nyack

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team pounded out 11 hits, tying a season high, as the Rams knocked off visiting Nyack 8-1 in the second game of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader Saturday afternoon on Alumni Field. The Warriors scored three late runs to win the opener 5-2.

Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) accounted for five of the Rams (5-11, 1-1 CACC) in the game two victory as he went 2-for-4, including a two-run home run, drove in four runs, and scored twice. Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock), David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), and Matthew McGee (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) all added two hits and two RBIs each in the win.

Not to be overshadowed by the offense, Casey O'Donnell (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) turned in seven strong innings on the mound, scattering seven hits, and fanning six batters to earn his first win of the season.

Philadelphia's offense went right to work, taking advantage of three Nyack (3-12, 1-1 CACC) errors in the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead.

After Nyack trimmed Philadelphia's lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth, the Rams came back in the bottom half of the frame with two runs to extend the lead to four. Wells ripped a double to left center to bring Fernando Garza  (Laredo, Texas/Alexander), who reached on a fielder's choice, with one out. Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) came up two batters later and singled Wells home for Philadelphia's fifth run.

The Rams put together a two-out rally in the sixth to widen the margin to 8-1. Christopher Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) got the rally started as he got hit by a Jean-Felix Proulx pitch. Garza immediately made the Warriors pay for the mistake with a double down the right field line to send Lorenzo home. Wells capped off the inning by drilling a Proulx offering over the right center field fence for his team-leading four home run of the season.

Christian Benitez went 2-for-3 with one RBI for Nyack, while Ryan Kahl and Ruben Correa added two hits each.

The difference in the opening contest was a three-run eighth inning by the Warriors to break a two-all tie and put Nyack up 5-2. After Nyack loaded the bases with one out, Phil Erwin lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in John Kennedy for the go-ahead run. Nyack added two more runs on a wild pitch and a one-out Kahl single.

Both starting pitchers turned in solid performances for their respective teams. Nyack's Erik Bussey went 8.1 innings, struck out three, and gave up two runs on seven hits. Garza lasted eight innings, recorded seven strikeouts, allowed five runs—two earned—on six hits, and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Warriors opened the scoring on an Erwin RBI single and a Jesse Barton sacrifice fly in the top of the first.

Philadelphia trimmed its deficit to 2-1 during its turn in the first inning and Garza helped his own cause with a solo home run, his second homer of the year.

The score remained 2-1 until the sixth when Wells singled to right to bring home Garza, who tripled to start the inning.

Philadelphia heads to Adelphi for a non-conference contest on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m.