Baseball slugs way to sweep of Chestnut Hill

Baseball slugs way to sweep of Chestnut Hill

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team hit six home runs as it scored 26 runs to close out its home schedule with a pair of non-conference victories against Chestnut Hill College, 22-7 and 4-2, Friday afternoon on Alumni Field.

In the opening game victory, Philadelphia (18-25) connected for a season-best five home runs on its way to a season-high 22 runs. It is the second time that the Rams had 20 runs cross the plate in a single game this season. The 22 runs for the most for the Rams since the Rams scored 24 times in back-to-back 24-1 wins over the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the College of Saint Rose in 1998.

Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) opened the scoring with a two-run home run and Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) drilled a three-run homer during a five-run first inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Rams plated six runs in the second inning, two coming on a Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) home run, to increase the gap to 11-0.

After Chestnut Hill (19-16-1) got on the board with a single run in the top of the third, Quaranta hit his second home run of the game—team-leading 15th of the season—as part of a three-run inning to give the Rams a 14-1 lead after three.

With the advantage sitting at 15 after Philadelphia scored on two wild pitches in the fourth, Matt McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) drilled the team's fifth home run of the contest, a two-run shot, to make the score 18-1.

In the last of the sixth, Philadelphia didn't record a hit, but managed to send 10 players to the plate and scored run times to reach 22 runs. Four Rams drew walks and three others were hit by a pitch.

Quaranta finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored, while Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy), Joa, and Melendez all had two hits.

Vincent Case hit a three-run home run for Chestnut Hill hit in the sixth and Eric Gilham added a two-run homer in a three-run seventh.

Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) earned the win as he surrendered one run on three hits and struck out one in four innings.

Game two was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Melendez ripped his second home run of the day over the left field fence to put the Rams ahead 3-0. David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) and Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) were on base for Melendez's third homer of the year.

Chestnut Hill pulled within 3-2 on a fifth-inning RBI groundout by Christopher Demey and a Gilham single one inning later.

Joa got a run back for the Rams in the sixth with a bases-loaded bunt on the first-base side that scored Klusman from third.

Gunnar Hayes (Ambler, Pa./ Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) was the winning pitcher as he struck out a career-high seven batters over five innings of work. He allowed just one run on three hits. Quaranta went the final two innings to record his third save.

Joseph Monaghan took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and fanning five.

Philadelphia will have its final tune-up before the CACC Tournament on Wednesday, May 3 when it travels to Goldey-Beacom for a non-conference doubleheader.