NEW CASTLE, Del. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (16-24, 13-13 CACC) kept its .500 conference record in tact after splitting a CACC doubleheader on the road with the Wilmington Wildcats (25-15, 20-6 CACC) on Thursday afternoon from Wilson Field in New Castle, Del.
THURSDAY GAME ONE – L, 9-4
Jefferson managed eight hits in the game one loss. The Rams scored two runs in the third and two in the eighth.
Jefferson went up first when Chris Smith singled in Andres Valbuena before he scored himself on a wild pitch to go up 2-0. A grand slam by Wilmington in the bottom half of the inning gave the Wildcats a 4-2 edge. Wilmington tacked on another run in the fifth before two in the seventh to go up 7-2.
In the eighth, Jefferson got two runs behind a sacrifice fly from Nick Goetz before Joa singled in Fike to pull the Rams within three, 7-4.
Wilmington added to their lead with two runs in the eight on a two-run double before going on to win, 8-4.
THURSDAY GAME TWO – W, 6-3
Jefferson managed to split its road doubleheader with a game two win after scoring six runs over the final four innings of the seven-inning affair.
Patrick Hohlfeld W, 2-5) threw 5.0 frames with five strikeouts and no walk while allowing four hits and two earned runs.
Jake Goldberg (Save, 2) earned the save as he pitched in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two Wildcats.
Ryan Gonzalez brought in the first Jefferson run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth before Wilmington tied it up with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, 1-1.
With the bases loaded in the fifth, Timothy Brodhag hit one of his two doubles on the day to score two before the runner from first scored on an error as Jefferson went up, 4-1. Wilmington pulled within two after an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
A Wilmington error scored another Ram in the sixth on a sacrifice bunt before Brodhag scored from third base in the seventh on a wild pitch.
With two on in the seventh, Goldberg entered the game to relieve Daniel Sabath. Goldberg got his first batter to strike out before a double scored one Wildcat, 6-3. A second strikeout followed by a fly ball to right ended the threat and the game with Jefferson on top, 6-3.
Jefferson Baseball returns to action on Friday, April 27 at home from Alumni Field against Goldey-Beacom for Senior Day. Action for the 9- and 7-inning conference doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.