PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (11-22, 9-9 CACC) dropped the opener, 14-8 but came back to win the second game, 9-4 in a conference doubleheader with Dominican (N.Y.) (17-14, 10-8 CACC) on Saturday.
GAME ONE – L, 14-8 (9 inn.)
The Chargers opened the scoring with three runs in the third on a trio of RBI singles. The Rams got two runs in the bottom half on a two-RBI single by sophomore Arturo Figueroa. Jefferson then took a 4-3 lead in the fourth with RBI base hits by sophomores Cole Kriger and Nick Wheeler.
Dominican went off for eight runs in the fifth to regain the advantage. The Chargers benefitted from seven hits and one error in the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, junior Robert Wood recorded a sacrifice fly and sophomore Efrain Santiago brought home a run to make the score 11-6.
The Rams got another run back in the seventh on a hit by pitch but Dominican homered in the eighth to make the score 12-7. The Chargers pushed across two in the ninth and Jefferson got one on junior Austin Torres's fourth home run of the season.
GAME TWO – W, 9-4 (7 inn.)
Dominican posted a three-run second on a wild pitch and a two-run triple. However, the Rams responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Wheeler had a sac fly, senior Christopher Lorenzo singled in two runs, Figueroa knocked in a run with a base hit and two runs came home on an error.
Both teams pushed a run across in the fourth on a single. Jefferson added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth on a pair of defensive miscues. Senior Andrew Dark earned the win, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on six hits.
The Rams play host to Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, April 9 at 1 p.m.