Quaranta lifts baseball to sweep of Dominican (N.Y.)

Quaranta lifts baseball to sweep of Dominican (N.Y.)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – In the Philadelphia University baseball team's biggest Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader of the season, Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) came up huge in the clutch, hitting a home run in the 10th inning of both games to give the Rams 5-4 and 2-1 10-inning victories over Dominican (N.Y.) Sunday night at Provident Bank Park.

The sweep improves Philadelphia's overall record to 18-24 and its conference record to 8-8. The Rams jumped into the sixth and final playoff position with four CACC games remaining.

Dominican (N.Y.) is now 16-24 overall, 8-10 in CACC play. The Chargers dropped into seventh place in the conference.

Quaranta—who went 2-for-5—was the hero in game one as he drove a Brett Schneider pitch over the left-field fence to give the Rams a 5-4 lead.

In his second inning of relief, Brett Chupka (White Haven, Pa./Crestwood) turned in a perfect 10th inning to seal the victory.

After trading single runs in the first inning, Philadelphia scored two times in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) broke the 1-all tie with a bases loaded fielder's choice and Matthew McGee (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) padded the advantage with a sacrifice fly.

Dominican came back a fourth-inning RBI single by Joseph Libio and a fifth-inning ground out off the bats of Carlos Lopez.

With Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) on third base after hitting a one-out triple, Jeffrey Briggs (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) successfully bunted for a base hit and scored Garza to put the Rams up 4-3 through seven.

Max Franzone sent the game to extra, hitting a solo home run with one away in the eighth.

Chupka faced six batters, fanning one, over his two innings to earn his second win of the year (2-3). Schneider took the loss, giving up the Quaranta homer during his three innings.

Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) had three of Philadelphia's nine hits, while Garza posted two. Jordan Bernacet led the Dominican eight-hit attack by going 2-for-5.

Quaranta's encore was simply hitting a 10th-inning two-run home run with two down and throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out the side during Dominican's turn in the 10th, to nail down the sweep. He was 2-for-5 at the plate.

Philadelphia opened the scoring in the first inning on a Melendez fielder's choice that allowed Briggs, who singled to reach base, to cross the plate.

Rams' starter Luke Floer (Brewster, N.Y./North Salem) was solid as he kept the Chargers off the board for eight innings and struck out six batters. He allowed seven hits and walked three.

In the ninth, Dominican managed to push the tying across off of the Philadelphia bullpen. The Chargers loaded the bases on an error, sacrifice bunt, a walk, and a hit batter against Chupka.

Jayson Gray knotted the score with a ground out to second base, bringing home Anthony Hunter. Franzone was thrown out attempting to score the winning run on the play to end the inning.

Kraigen Rasalla went 3.2 innings in relief for Dominican in the loss.

Philadelphia heads to Concordia (N.Y.) for a CACC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 26  at 1 p.m.