O'Donnell's solid outing gives baseball a split with Le Moyne

O'Donnell's solid outing gives baseball a split with Le Moyne

PHILADELPHIA – Senior pitcher Casey O'Donnell (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) turned in his best performance of the season to propel the Philadelphia University baseball team to its first win of 2017, 5-2 over Le Moyne, Wednesday afternoon on Alumni Field. The Rams dropped game two to the Dolphins 6-4.

In the opener, O'Donnell gave the Rams six strong innings as he fanned a season-high seven batters while allowing just two runs on three hits. After giving up the two runs in the second inning, O'Donnell retired 12 of the final 15 batters he faced—sitting down the Dolphins in order in the third and fourth innings.

With the Rams (1-8) up 4-2 in the sixth, O'Donnell had two Le Moyne runners on base and got Ben Walsh to fly out to end the threat.

Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) capped off a 1-for-2 game at the plate by working around a pair of leadoff walks in the seventh to pitch a scoreless inning for the save.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second, Philadelphia came through with two two-out hits with the bases loaded to take a 3-2 advantage. Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) tied the score as he roped a single to left field that scored David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth)—who recorded his 100th career hit with a single three at-bats earlier—and Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School). Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) beat out an infield single to plate Timothy Brodhag (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett) for the go-ahead run.

The score remained 3-2 until the home half of the sixth when Wells launched a two-run home run to deep right field to increase the advantage to 5-2. Quaranta reached base with a leadoff walk prior to Wells' fifth home run of the season.

Wells and McTaggart each had two hits in the win.

Walsh and Timothy Corapi both record a RBI in the second for Le Moyne (8-4). Alex Kubera struck out six in a complete-game loss.

Le Moyne took the nightcap with two runs in the top of the seventh inning to snap a 4-all tie. With runners at the corners and one out, Brian Cox laid a bunt down along the first base line allowing Donato DiNorcia to score from third to give the Dolphins the lead. In the next at-bat, Nick Place delivered a two-out double into the left-field corner for an insurance run.

The Rams, with the help of two Dolphin errors, erased a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the fourth to knot the game up at four.

Klusman brought home the first run on a fielder's choice to shortstop. After Josiah Gray retired McTaggart by stepping on second, his relay throw sailed out of play allowed Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock)—who walked to start the inning—to score. 

Klusman would steal third and Matt McGee drew a walk to put Rams at the corners. McGee attempted to swap second and easily made it because no one covered second despite a throw from Camillo Spinoso. The throw ended up in center field, allowing Klusman to jog home from third. McGee scored from third on a two-out single from Joa.

The Rams finished game two with seven hits, two each from Joa and Melendez.

Grey had two RBIs and tossed a scoreless bottom of the seventh for the save. JT Pittman and Cox both had two base hits.

Cody Barnes was the winning pitcher after 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Philadelphia gets right back to work with a rescheduled game against Queens (N.Y.) on Thursday, March 9 at 2 p.m. on Alumni Field.