Baseball slugs way to sweep of Lincoln (Pa.) University

Baseball slugs way to sweep of Lincoln (Pa.) University

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team hit six home runs, three off the bat of Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), as the Rams plated 33 runs over two games in a sweep of Lincoln (Pa.) University Friday afternoon on Alumni Field. Philadelphia took the non-conference twinbill by scores of 15-0 and 18-1.

Klusman led Philadelphia's 34-hit attack with five hits—three home runs and two doubles—and 10 RBI during the doubleheader. Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) racked up six hits in nine at-bats, scored three times, and knocked in one run. Matthew McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) contributed went 4-for-8, five runs, and four RBI.

Philadelphia had 15 hits and scored in all by the second inning in the opening game. Joa was 4-for-4, while Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), Klusman, and McGee racked had two hits each.

Klusman opened the scoring with the Rams' (12-21) first home run of the day, ­­a three-run shot over the left field fence to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead after one. Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) hit a two-run home run during a three-run third inning to help increase the margin to 6-0. It is his team-leading 13th home run of 2017. David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Wilmington) added a RBI triple in the frame.

Philadelphia tacked on five more runs on six hits, including a Christopher Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) two-RBI triple, to make the score 11-0. After Quaranta drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth for the Rams' 12th run, McGee recorded a two-run double and Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy) had a RBI groundout one inning later.

Casey O'Donnell (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and Abraham Almonte (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) combined to throw a five-hit shutout.  O'Donnell went the first five, striking out four, and allowed five hits to get the win. Almonte came on in the sixth and fanned two over the last two innings.

Lincoln's Ronald Lashley went 2-for-4.

The Rams used 19 hits—including four home runs—to score multiple runs in all six innings at the plate. The 19 hits is Philadelphia's second-highest hit total of the season, behind the 22 hits the Rams racked up in a 21-1 win over Queens (N.Y.) on March 9.

Philadelphia started the contest by jumping out to a 4-0 advantage with two runs in the first and two more in the second. Then, Valbeuna smacked a two-run double and scored on a McTaggart RBI single during a four-run third inning.

Klusman started the fourth inning with the first of his two game two home runs, a solo homer. The Rams added two more runs on an error and a wild pitch. Klusman returned to the plate one inning later to drop a double on the left field line and then score on a McGee home run—his second of the season.

The Rams hit a pair of home runs in a four-run sixth inning. Klusman launched a three-run blast to left to cap his three home run day, giving him five this season. Tim Brodhag (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett) immediately followed up the Klusman homer with a solo home run of his own to drive in Philadelphia's 18th run. It was Brodhag's first home run.

Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin), C.J. Kilgarriff (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North), and McTaggart combined to allow just two hits in the victory. Gottschall was the winning pitcher as he struck out four and allowed just one base hit over five innings.

Joshua Roberson had one hit and scored Lincoln's lone run on an error in the seventh. Julian Bradshaw also recorded a base hit for Lincoln (5-26).

The Rams and Lions head to Oxford High School in Oxford, Pa. for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 15 to conclude their four-game weekend series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.