PHILADELPHIA – A one-out rally in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed the Philadelphia University baseball team to pull out a 6-5 game-one win and earn a split with Dominican (N.Y.) College in a Senior Day Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader Sunday afternoon on Alumni Field.
Prior to the first pitch, head coach Pat Horvath and the baseball team honored their seven seniors: David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), Jeff Briggs (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock), Casey O'Donnell (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Abraham Almonte (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), and Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School).
With the score tied at five in the last of the eighth, McTaggart worked a one-out walk and went to second when Christopher Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) was drilled by an Abren Becaj pitch. Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) capitalized on the free bases as he ripped a pitch to left field, allowing McTaggart to score the go-ahead run.
Almonte—who entered the game in the top of the eighth—pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the victory and improve to 3-4 this season.
Philadelphia (15-24, 9-11 CACC) had to overcome a 3-0 deficit after Dominican scored once in the first and twice in the third. Anthony Bartolomei had two RBI hits and Jayson Gray hit a solo home run.
McTaggart got the Rams on the board in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly to plate Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy), who started the inning with a single. Then, McTaggart knotted the game at three in the fifth, drilling a Nathanial Popiel fastball over the right field fence for a two-run home run—his fifth homer of the season. Wells gave Philadelphia the lead later in the frame with a RBI groundout.
After Philadelphia's lead grew to 5-3 on a Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) bases-loaded walk in the seventh, Justin Decker stepped up a half-inning later and hit a two-run double to even the game at five.
McTaggart and Valbuena both had two hits for Philadelphia. Bartolomei went 3-for-4 the lead the Chargers. Dominican outhit Philadelphia 10-5.
The Chargers (14-21, 9-9 CACC) scored all of their runs in the first three innings of game two. Dominican pushed three runs across in the first, three more in the second, and one in the third. Joseph Libio recorded a solo home run in the second inning. The other two runs during the second scored on a botched pickoff attempt to third by Ram pitcher C.J. Kilgarriff (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North)
Philadelphia's run came in the bottom of the second inning when Matt McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) hit a ground ball through the legs of Decker allowing Goetz—who had a lead-off triple in the previous at-bat—to come home.
Dominican's Tyler Malia went 2-for-4, while Richard Joa had two of Philadelphia's four hits.
Kraigen Rasalia fanned seven over the seven-inning game to collect the win.
Philadelphia closes out CACC play with a trip to Nyack on Thursday, April 27 at noon.