Baseball slugs way to CACC split with Concordia (N.Y.)

Baseball slugs way to CACC split with Concordia (N.Y.)

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team put up 11 runs in both ends of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader to walk away with a split against Concordia (N.Y.) College Monday afternoon on Alumni Field. The Clippers outslugged the Rams for a 15-11 game-one win and Philadelphia came back to win game two 11-2.

The Rams (10-19, 8-10 CACC) used two Concordia errors to on the Clippers' game two starter Thomas Burke in the second inning to get out to a 4-0 advantage.

With Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) on second base after leading off the frame with a double, David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but Burke threw the ball away in an attempt to gun down McTaggart to put Rams at first and third.

Matthew McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) got Philadelphia on the board with a bunt single to second base, bringing Klusman home for the game's first run. Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) came up two batters later and reached safely as shortstop Eric Roubal couldn't handle the groundball that would have ended the inning. The miscue allowed McTaggart to score. After Jeff Briggs (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) worked a walk, Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) ripped a two-run single to right to increase the gap to four.

Concordia cut the Philadelphia lead in half on a two-out, two-run double by Joseph Davide in the third inning.

Philadelphia put the game out of reach in the fifth as the Rams sent 10 batters to plate and scored seven times to widen the gap to 11-2. Quaranta tripled to straightaway center field to bring home Christopher Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), who walked a batter earlier to open the frame, for the first run. Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and lined a single into right field that brought Quaranta home to make the score 6-2. Klusman hit a high chopper into center in the next at-bat to plate two more runs. After another error on McTaggart sacrifice bunt reloaded the bases, McGee lofted a sacrifice fly to left for the Rams' ninth run. The final two runs scored on an Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy) one-out single. One run scored on the hit and the second scored when the ball bounced off the shoulder of Stephen Nigro.

C.J. Kilgarriff (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North) was the winning pitcher as he allowed two runs on five hits and struck out three in four innings. Burke fanned seven over five innings in the loss.

In game one, Philadelphia took the lead with a five-run fourth inning to make the score 7-3. After Valbuena tied the game with a RBI groundout, Lorenzo put Philadelphia in front with a single to center that scored McTaggart. Quaranta's 12th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left, increased the lead to three. Klusman knocked in the final run of the inning with an infield single.

Concordia had seven runs cross the plate in the fifth inning to reclaim the lead, 10-7. The Clippers went ahead 8-7 on a one-out single by Jaylin Martinez. Nicholas Tomaselli capped the rally with a double on the left-field line that knocked in two runs.

The Clippers would score a single run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth, and two more in the ninth. Philadelphia closed the gap to 12-10 with a pair of seventh inning two-out hits. McGee had a RBI double and Valbuena delivered a RBI single.

Ronmel Ocampo went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs. He hit a three-run homer in the first and had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Wells hit two home runs—a two-run shot in the first and a solo homer in the eighth—as part of a 3-for-5 game. Wells is tied with Quaranta for the team lead in homers with 12.

Concordia outhit Philadelphia, 19-18.

Peter Byrnes was the winning pitcher, going six innings and giving up eight runs on 12 hits.

Philadelphia will begin a string of five straight non-conference doubleheaders on Wednesday, April 12 against Wilmington (Del.) University at 1:30 p.m.