PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (4-14, 2-2 CACC) earned a split in its conference doubleheader versus Concordia (N.Y.) (7-14, 2-4 CACC) on Saturday afternoon. The Clippers won the first game, 15-5 before the Rams took the nightcap, 6-4.
GAME ONE – L, 15-5 (9 inn.)
Concordia jumped on the Rams early, posting six runs in the first. The Clippers increased their lead to 8-0 with a two-run single in the second. Jefferson got on the board in the bottom of the second as senior Ryan Gonzalez drove in sophomore Chase Fike with a single.
In the third, Concordia added two more runs on a homer and a single. The Rams countered with two runs via an RBI double by junior Robert Wood and a sacrifice fly by senior Matt McGee. The Clippers made it 12-3 in the fourth before junior Austin Torres sent a solo blast over the fence in left to make it 12-4.
Concordia added one run in the sixth and two in the eighth before the Rams ended the scoring with a run in the ninth. Senior Andres Valbuena had a sac fly to score Torres.
GAME TWO – W, 6-4 (7 inn.)
The Rams got on the board first in the nightcap, pushing across three runs in the second. Gonzalez scored on a wild pitch while sophomore Efrain Santiago and senior Christopher Lorenzo came home on an error. Torres made it 4-0 in the third with an RBI double to right field.
Concordia cut the deficit in half with a two-run single in the fourth and tied the score with back-to-back singles in the fifth. However, Jefferson regained the advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Torres laced a pitch into left field, scoring Wood for the go-ahead run. The Rams added insurance in the sixth as Wood knocked in Valbuena with a two-out base hit to right.
Senior Andrew Dark earned his first win of the year on the mound, tossing five innings and allowing four runs. Junior Brandon Smith was perfect in the final two innings, with a pair of strikeouts, to pick up his first save.
The Rams head to Goldey-Beacom for a twin bill on Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m.