NEWARK, N.J. – The Philadelphia University baseball team dropped both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader with Bloomfield College, 12-7 and 2-0, at West Side Park Sunday afternoon.
Bloomfield (9-8, 4-1 CACC) scored seven times during its last three innings at the plate to decide the opening contest.
With the game tied at seven in last of the seventh, Kendon Strachan connected for a two-run home run with one away to put the Bears in the lead. Strachan would add a RBI single as part of a three-run eighth inning that widen the gap to 12-7. Isaac Pichardo brought home a run with a sacrifice fly and Harry Montero contributed a RBI fielder's choice.
Philadelphia (8-15, 6-6 CACC) jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage as Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School.) hit his 10th home run of the season in the top of the first. The Bears answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a Pichardo solo home run and Montero RBI double to get in front 2-1.
In the third inning, Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) knotted the score at two with a sacrifice fly to plate Matt McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll), who singled to start the frame. Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) put the Rams back in the lead, scoring on a passed ball two at-bats later.
After Bloomfield took a 6-3 advantage by scoring three times in the third and once in the fourth, Nick Goetz (Danbury, Pa./Danbury) got Philadelphia within 6-5 in the sixth as he hit a two-run home run. Goetz now has three home runs after homering in the second straight game.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with no outs to start the seventh inning. David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) cut the Ram deficit to 7-6 with a RBI fielder's choice. Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) evened the game as he hit a sacrifice fly.
The Rams finished the game with nine hits, two from Wells and McGee. Led by four hits from Christoper Cabral, Bloomfield had 18 base hits.
Carlos Tejeda struck out four, while allowing six earned runs on nine hits in seven innings to get the win. Patrick Haas went the final two innings for the save. Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) suffered the loss in relief.
Game two was a pitcher's duel between the Rams' Abraham Almonte (Danbury, Pa./Danbury) and the Bears' Anthony Maldonado. Almonte fanned seven batters and gave up six hits in six innings. Maldonado went 6.1 innings, surrendering six hits, walking five, and striking out three.
Bloomfield took advantage of two Philadelphia errors in the second inning to score both of its runs. With one out, Ben Thomas made it to third base on a three-base throwing error by Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy). After Strachan was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners, Strachan attempted to steal second base. McGee's throw down ended up in center field and Thomas came home to score the first run. Jason Holguin knocked in Strachan with a two-out RBI single.
The Rams left 10 runners on base, two in the second, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings.
Quaranta had three of Philadelphia's six hits to give him a hit in nine of the Rams' last 11 games. Wells recorded a two-out single in the seventh to hit safely in 10 of the last 11 contests.
Philadelphia heads to Chestnut Hill for a CACC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 4 at 3 p.m.