WATERBURY, Conn. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (19-31) bowed out of the CACC Tournament on Thursday, falling to Wilmington (Del.), 2-1 and Bloomfield, 6-0.
It was the Rams' fifth appearance in the conference tournament. Jefferson finished fourth in the CACC after being selected to place fifth in the South Division and out of playoff position in the preseason coaches poll.
GAME ONE – L, 2-1 vs. Wilmington (Del.)
Both teams had multiple baserunners in the first four innings but were kept off the scoreboard. The Rams broke through for a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by junior Richard Joa.
The Wildcats tallied two in the sixth to go ahead. The lead-off batter reached on an error and eventually scored on a sac fly. Wilmington took the advantage on an RBI single. Both runs were unearned.
Jefferson put two runners on in the seventh and one in both the eighth and ninth but could not push across the tying run. With a runner on second and two outs in the ninth, the Rams sent a long fly ball into center field but the Wildcats' center fielder made a diving catch towards the fence to end the game.
GAME TWO – L, 6-0 vs. Bloomfield
The Rams had an opportunity to post the first run in the bottom of the second. Junior Austin Torres doubled and senior Timothy Brodhag singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Torres was thrown out at home on a squeeze play and a double play followed to end the threat.
The Bears went ahead with a run in the fifth. The first two batters reached on base hits and a run eventually scored on a balk. Bloomfield broke it open with a four-run sixth via a two-run double and a two-run single.
Jefferson loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth but a strikeout ended the scoring chance. The Bears retired the Rams in order in the seventh and eighth innings and added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on an error.
In the ninth, Jefferson made one final attempt at a rally, loading the bases with no outs. However, Bloomfield pitching foiled the Rams again, recording two strikeouts and a pop-up to clinch the victory.
The Rams lose 13 players to graduation and are expected to return 31 to the 2020 squad.