PHILADELPHIA – Senior Michael Treglia (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) hit his first career home run and turned in 1.2 strong innings of relief for the Philadelphia University baseball team in a 17-7 non-conference loss to Chestnut Hill Tuesday afternoon on Alumni Field.
Treglia capped off a five-run eighth inning, hitting a three-run home run over the left field fence with two outs to pull the Rams within 17-6. He came into the game in the fifth inning as a second baseman, but took the ball with one away in the top of the eighth and allowed just one run on four hits and fanned one Griffin batter.
Chestnut Hill (25-18) opened the scoring with four runs in the first, highlighted by a Brendan DiBona two-run double. The Griffins added four more runs over the next two innings on a Robert Slagle two-run homer in the second and a two-RBI triple by Zach Szumigala an inning later.
Philadelphia (18-26) broke through with a run in the fourth inning as Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) led off with a walk and scored three batters later on a passed ball.
The Griffins added to their lead, putting three runs across in the seventh and six in the eighth. Chestnut Hill sent 11 batters to the plate during the eighth.
Timothy Brodhag (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett) knocked in the Rams' final run with a ninth-inning RBI double to cap a 2-for-2 afternoon.
For Chestnut Hill, Matthew Owens was 4-for-5, including a solo home run, and drove in two while Szumigala finished up 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Matthew Kress went the first six innings, striking out 11 and giving up one unearned run on three hits to take the win. Jake Goldberg (Morrisville, Pa./Pennsbury) was the losing pitcher.
Philadelphia heads to Concordia (N.Y.) for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader that will determine its playoff fate on Wednesday, May 4 at noon. A win puts the Rams in the playoffs and a sweep gives them a first-round home game.