PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (10-21, 7-10 CACC) defeated the Caldwell Cougars twice on Saturday from Alumni Field after the Jefferson offense erupted for 49 runs and eight home runs in the doubleheader sweep.
SATURDAY GAME ONE – W, 26-10 – BOX SCORE
The Rams had season-highs of 26 runs and 26 hits in the game one victory. Jefferson hit five home runs, their second most in a game on the season just behind their six against Alderson Broaddus on March 4.
Richard Joa went 4-for-6 with five RBI and four runs including a two-run home run in the sixth. Brandon Quaranta with 4-for-6 with three runs and four RBI behind a grand slam in the eighth. Chris Smith went 5-for-6 with four runs scored. Robert Wood came off the bench as a pinch runner and would go on to go 3-for-3 with a solo home run, four RBI and three runs scored.
Caldwell went up early in the contest, scoring three times in the top of the first. Jefferson got on the board in the bottom half of the inning before the Cougars scored again in the fourth, 4-1.
Andres Valbuena then tied the game with a three-run home run in the fourth.
Jefferson then erupted for an eight-run fifth inning behind five hits to take a 12-4 lead.
The Rams scored another five runs in the sixth before nine in the eighth.
SATURDAY GAME TWO – W, 23-5 – BOX SCORE
The offensive storm continued in game two with 23 runs and 18 hits. The game was scoreless over the first two innings before both teams scored in the third, 1-1. Jefferson then scored four runs in the fifth, nine runs in the sixth, five runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth.
Quaranta went 3-for-6 with two home runs, including another grand slam, with six RBI and three runs scored.
Chris Smith also went 3-for-6 in the game with a one-run single, one-run double and three-run triple.
Nick Goetz went 3-for-3 in game two with a two-run single to left in the fifth and another RBI single in the sixth.
Austin Torres went deep in the fourth inning, a two-run shot.
Andres Valbeuna had three hits with one RBI, scoring twice himself.
Jake Goldberg (W, 1-2) picked up the win as he started and lasted 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts. He allowed just two runs as he earned his second career win and first since his freshman season in a game against Lincoln (Pa.) on April 4, 2015.
With Sunday's doubleheader postponed due to forecasted inclement weather, the Rams are back in action at home on Tuesday, April 17 with Chestnut Hill. The doubleheader with the Griffins will start at 2 p.m. from Alumni Field.