McTaggart, Goetz push baseball past #12 East Stroudsburg in extras

McTaggart, Goetz push baseball past #12 East Stroudsburg in extras

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Philadelphia University baseball team scored seven times in the first four innings in Tuesday's non-conference clash at 12th-ranked East Stroudsburg, but Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) scored the most important run on a 10th-inning passed ball to give the Rams a 9-8 10-inning victory.

Goetz got the extra-inning rally going with a one-out base hit and then hustled to third base on a Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) single to right field. During Steven Wells' at-bat (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School), Warrior pitcher Ben Bortz threw a pitch that got through catcher Steven Zimmerman allowing Goetz to score the go-ahead run.

The Rams (9-14) had to hold their breath in the last of the 10th as the Warriors (22-5) put together a last-chance threat.

Nick Rabasco singled to get the East Stroudsburg 10th inning started. After a Christian Rishel fielder's choice put the first out on the board, Casey Saverio singled to give the Warriors runners at the corners. David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), who took the mound in the ninth, would settle down and get Zimmerman and Billy Sablinski to ground out and complete the upset.

All nine starters had at least one of Philadelphia's 15 hits, three coming from McTaggart. Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock), Timothy Brodhag (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett), Goetz, and Garza all added two hits.

The Rams scored in each of the first four innings to jump out to a 7-0 advantage.

Philadelphia used a pair of two-out hits to score twice in the opening inning. With Chris Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) at second, Wells ripped a ground-rule double to open the scoring. Melendez followed that up with a RBI single to plate Wells.

Goetz delivered a two-run single with two away in the second inning to double the Philadelphia cushion. After the Rams scored a single run in the third, Garza came through with a RBI single and Wells reached safely on an error that brought home a run to make the score 7-0 after four.

The 12th-ranked team in Division II took advantage of two fifth-inning Philadelphia errors to score six times, four coming with two outs, and trim the margin to 7-6. Sablinski had a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to drive in the Warriors' third and fourth runs. A double steal turned into the last two runs of the inning as Philadelphia catcher Matthew McGee's (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) attempt to throw out the lead runner ended up in the outfield.

After the Rams scored in the seventh to reestablish a two-run lead, the Warriors scored twice—on a hit batter and walk—with the bases loaded and two outs to knot the score at eight.

In addition to his three hits, McTaggart—the last of nine pitchers used by the Rams—threw two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first career win. He recorded one strikeout during a 1-2-3 ninth.

Drew Hercik led the East Stroudsburg 13-hit attack with three hits in six at-bats.

Philadelphia returns to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play with a doubleheader at Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, March 30 at 3 p.m.