PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (4-12, 1-1 CACC) split its conference-opening doubleheader with the Nyack Warriors (8-7-1, 1-1 CACC) on Saturday afternoon from Alumni Field on campus.
Jefferson dropped the first game after two ninth-inning runs by the Warriors, 7-5, before coming back with a 9-2 victory in the second game with 14 hits.
GAME ONE – L, 7-5
Jefferson started the early game with a four-run first inning. Brandon Quaranta hit a leadoff home run, his conference-leading eighth of the year, before a two-run double off the bat of Ryan Gonzalez. Andres Valbuena finished off the early scoring with an RBI single to center.
Nyack responded with a four-run third to tie the game. Facing the bottom third of the order, the Warriors cut the deficit in half with a two-run homer before a fielder's choice and single evened the score, 4-4.
Nick Goetz hit a towering single off the left field fence to bring in another Jefferson run in the fifth to make it 5-4 in favor of the Rams.
Nyack tied it back up in the seventh with a sacrifice fly before scoring the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run double. Jefferson could not muster any runs in the bottom half of the inning, falling 7-5 in their conference opener.
Chris Smith had the lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 in the loss with a triple.
GAME TWO – W, 9-2
The bats came alive in the second game as the Rams pulled out the 9-2 victory with 14 hits. Quaranta and Smith both had two-hit games while Matt McGee and Ryan Gonzalez both went 3-for-4.
Timothy Brodhag started it off with a two-run double to right center in the first. Nyack tied it up with runs in the fourth and fifth but that would be all they get in the contest.
Gonzalez added another RBI double in the seventh for good measure.
Jefferson hit six doubles in the win: Brodhag, McGee (2), Gonzalez (2) and Taffe.
Patrick Hohlfeld started and pitched an effective 4.0 innings, allowing just two hits and one run. He was relieved by Jonathan Gottschall who pitched 1.0 innings followed by Jack Galligan (W, 1-1) who pitched the sixth. Jake Goldberg (Sv, 1) threw three scoreless innings to close out the game for the save.
Jefferson Baseball continues conference play at home on Friday, March 23 (1 p.m., 4 p.m.) with a Felician doubleheader followed by traveling to play Dominican at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, N.Y. on Saturday, March 24 (5 p.m., 8 p.m.).