Baseball Drops 2018 Opener to East Stroudsburg at Dinwiddie Challenge

Baseball Drops 2018 Opener to East Stroudsburg at Dinwiddie Challenge

DINWIDDIE, Va. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (0-1) opened its 2018 season at the Dinwiddie Challenge in Virginia with a 10-6 loss to the East Stroudsburg Warriors (2-3).

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second before tacking on five runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 advantage.

Jefferson got two back in the fifth when senior Brandon Quaranta homered to center field, scoring junior Joseph Iannuzzi who got on with a one-out single, 6-2.

The Rams tied the game the following inning when they strung together four runs.

Senior Nick Goetz led the sixth with a hit by pitch before junior Ryan Gonzalez and junior Andres Valbuena both walked to load the bases for freshman Chase Fike. Fike delivered for his first-career hit, a single, scoring two runs to get the Rams within two, 6-4.

After a strikeout, Quaranta once again came to the plate and ripped a two-out double to even the game, 6-6.

An East Stroudsburg double in the seventh gave them the 7-6 lead before the Warriors added three more in the eighth behind a solo home run, an error and a single, 10-6.

Quaranta went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a two-run double and a walk while knocking in four runs.

Fike recorded the other two runs batted in on the afternoon as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.

Redshirt freshman Chris Smith went 2-for-5 on the day with a stolen base.

Junior Matt McGee had a single and a double in his 2-for-5 outing.

Sophomore Richard Joa started the game for the Rams, lasting 3.0 innings with six strikeouts.

C.J. Kilgarriff (L, 0-1) took the loss as he was one of six Jefferson pitchers used on the day. The staff allowed 10 runs (eight earned) and combined for 10 strikeouts.

Jefferson Baseball returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24 in Dinwiddie, Va. with a doubleheader against St. Thomas Aquinas starting at 3 p.m.