PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (8-17, 6-4 CACC) walked off with a 5-4 game two victory to salvage a split with visiting USciences (9-14, 5-5 CACC) on Friday. The Devils won the opener, 17-1.
GAME ONE – L, 17-1 (9 inn.)
USciences posted four runs in the third to take the lead and had its highest output with five runs each in the seventh and eighth. The Rams got their tally in the fifth on a home run by sophomore Efrain Santiago.
GAME TWO – W, 5-4 (7 inn.)
Jefferson opened the scoring in the first when sophomore Arturo Figueroa came home on a wild pitch. The Devils tallied two runs in the second and two in the third to take a 4-1 advantage.
Senior Christopher Lorenzo got the Rams within one with an RBI bunt single in the fourth. Santiago tied it up with a two-run bomb to left in the fifth, his second homer of the day and third of the year.
In the sixth, Jefferson had the go-ahead run in scoring position but a double play spoiled the opportunity. Junior Jack Galligan allowed a two-out single in the top of the seventh but kept USciences off the scoreboard to give the Rams a chance to win it in the bottom half. Senior Andres Valbuena led off with a single and went to second on an error. Figueroa walked and junior Robert Wood had a bunt single to load the bases. After an out, Santiago smacked the first pitch he saw up the middle and Valbuena trotted home with the winning run.
Galligan pitched a complete game for the win, conceding four runs and 10 hits while striking out seven.
The Rams visit Nyack for a twin bill on Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m.