PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (11-22, 8-11 CACC) split a home doubleheader with the Chestnut Hill Griffins (15-15, 11-9 CACC) on Tuesday from Alumni Field as senior Brandon Quaranta tied the program's all-time mark with his 37th career home run.
Baseball won the first game, 11-6, before falling in game two, 10-4. Game two was halted due to darkness in the top of the seventh inning.
TUESDAY GAME ONE – W, 11-6
Jefferson scored five runs in the first to go up 5-0 in the game-one contest. Austin Torres and Andres Valbuena both had RBI singles while Matt McGee had a two-run single as Chase Fike was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the second inning, Quaranta launched a two-run home run over the left field fence to tie the program's all-time career home run mark of 37 with Bob File ('98, HOF '04).
Torres went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the win. McGee went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBI. Robert Wood went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI, two runs and a double.
TUESDAY GAME TWO – L, 10-4 (Halted in T7)
Chestnut Hill scored seven runs across the first three innings to take a 7-1 advantage over the Rams. Quaranta hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first before Torres notched a three-run home run to get the Rams back within three in the bottom of the third, 7-4.
Chestnut Hill added an eighth run in the top of the sixth.
The game was halted due to darkness in the top of the seventh after Chestnut Hill had a leadoff walk followed by a two-run home run to go up 10-4.
Chris Smith went 2-for-3 with one run scored. McGee went 2-for-3 with a double. Torres went 1-for-3 with his three-run homer.
Jefferson Baseball returns to action on Friday, April 20 at USciences with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.