Baseball completes four-game sweep of Lincoln

Baseball completes four-game sweep of Lincoln

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – The Philadelphia University baseball team completed the four-game sweep of Lincoln University, picking up a pair of victories on Saturday afternoon at Oxford High School. The Rams won game one 12-4 and then earned the weekend sweep with a 12-6 victory in game two.

After slugging six home runs on Friday, Philadelphia (14-21) hit fourth home runs in Saturday's twinbill—all in game one. The Rams had 19 hits across the two games, five off the bat of Matt McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll). Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School), and Christopher Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) all added three hits.

In game one, Philadelphia—who outhit the Lions (5-27) 10-9—pushed three runs across the plate in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Wells led off the second inning with a solo home run to get the Rams on the board. Two batters later, Timothy Brodhag (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett) smacked a two-run homer over the right-field fence, driving in Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) who walked in the previous at-bat, to make the score 3-0.

Lincoln came back with a run on a two-out Julian Bradshaw base hit in the bottom half of the inning to trim the Philadelphia lead to 3-1.

With Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) on base via a one-out walk in the third inning, Wells hit his second home run of the game—team-leading 14th of the season—to widen the gap to 5-1. McGee added a two-out single for Philadelphia's sixth run.

Like in the second inning, Lincoln scored one run in the last of the third, this time on a Joshua Roberson one-out single, to make the score 6-2.

Philadelphia started the fourth inning with a Lorenzo single and a Goetz walk. In the next at-bat, David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) gave the Rams a 9-2 lead as he launched a three-run home run.

McGee—who had three hits in the win—came home on a passed ball and Goetz drove in two runs with a one-out single in a three-run fifth inning to extend the gap to 10 runs.

Lincoln would get single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Gunnar Hayes (Ambler, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) earned his first collegiate victory in a relief role. He went three innings, allowed one run on two hits, and struck out one.

Gabriel Santiago recorded two hits for the Lions.

The Rams erased an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the third inning. Lincoln committed three errors, leading to the Rams' first two runs. Wells doubled McTaggart home for the third run of the inning. He came home from third on a double steal that also allowed Brodhag to go to second.

Philadelphia pushed three more runs across the plate in the fourth to increase the lead to 7-1. Goetz and McTaggart both had one-out RBI singles in the frame.

The Lions scored twice in the home half of the fourth—on a Michael Howard sacrifice fly and a Bradshaw triple—to get back within four.

Philadelphia loaded the bases with no outs to start the fifth inning. Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy) brought in the first run of the frame with a walk. Then, Lorenzo and Goetz would each knock in two runs with singles to cap a five-run inning and increase the lead to 12-3.

Goetz, McGee, and Lorenzo had two hits apiece for the Rams. Seven different Lions had one base hit.

C.J. Kilgarriff (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North) went three innings in relief to pick up the win.

Philadelphia heads to Felician for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 18 at 3 p.m.