BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (14-23, 11-12 CACC) split a conference road doubleheader against the Concordia (N.Y.) Clippers (17-18, 13-9 CACC) on Saturday afternoon from Bronxville, N.Y. The Rams dropped game one, 5-4, before the bats heated up in game two for the 10-4 win.
SATURDAY GAME ONE – L, 5-4
Jefferson fell in game one, 5-4, from the Clipper Baseball Field.
Concordia got one in the bottom half of the inning before scoring three in the third to take a 4-2 advantage. The Clippers tacked on to that edge with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh, 5-2.
Jefferson rallied in the ninth but could not complete the comeback. With two outs and a runner on first, Chris Smith doubled home Michael Taffe, 5-3. On the next at bat, Brandon Quaranta singled in Smith to get the Rams within one, 5-4. A called strikeout ended the Rams' threat as Concordia took the first one.
Quick Hits G1
Timothy Brodhag: 2-for-5, run, double
Chris Smith: 1-for-5, RBI, run, double
Austin Torres: 1-for-3, run, double
Jonathan Gottschall (L, 3-3): 6.0 IP, 3 K, 10 H, 3 ER
Michael Pineda-O'Donnell: 1.0 IP, 2 K, 0 ER
SATURDAY GAME TWO – W, 10-4
Jefferson jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after three runs in each the first and second. Torres had an RBI single in the first while Ryan Gonzalez hit a two-run double to left. In the second, Arturo Figueroa hit a sac fly before Chris Smith notched a two-run home run, 6-0.
The large advantage gave starting pitcher, Richard Joa, a comfortable lead on the mound. Joa held Concordia to just one run across his 5.0 innings while he struck out four.
The Rams put up three more runs in the sixth with a Quaranta RBI single, Brodhag RBI double and Torres RBI single, 9-1.
Concordia got two back in the seventh, 9-3, before an error bought home Smith on the basepath in the eighth for Jefferson, 10-3. The Clippers scored again in the bottom of the ninth on a fielder's choice.
Quick Hits G2
Chris Smith: 3-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 R, HR
Austin Torres: 3-for-5, 2 RBI, run
Brandon Quaranta: 1-for-2, RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SB
Ryan Gonzalez: 1-for-5, double, 2 RBI
Richard Joa (W, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 4 K, 1 ER
Michael Pineda-O'Donnell: 1.0 IP, 0 ER
Brett Chupka: 1.0 IP, 0 ER
Jefferson Baseball plays a single game at Dominican (N.Y.) from Veteran's Memorial Park in Orangeburg, N.Y. on Sunday, April 22. First pitch is set for noon.