CARY, N.C. – The Thomas Jefferson University baseball team (2-6) scored the first seven runs of the game and made it hold up in a 10-8 victory over West Virginia State (2-10) at the DII Challenge vs. Cancer on Friday.
The Rams opened the scoring in the second when senior Robert Wood drove in senior Austin Torres with a bunt single. Jefferson then exploded for six runs in the fourth. Wood knocked in a run with a double before sophomore Cole Kriger plated two with a two-bagger of his own. Freshman Alex Gonzalez singled in Kriger and junior Efrain Santiago's double brought in two more runs.
Junior Patrick Hohlfeld allowed just three baserunners in the first four innings before running into some trouble in the fifth. The Yellow Jackets recorded an RBI single before plating three unearned runs on an error and a double. WVSU led off the sixth with a homer to cut the deficit to two (7-5).
Jefferson responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly and junior CJ Goodz doubled in a run. The Yellow Jackets closed the gap to one (9-8) with a three-run seventh. Two runs came home on a triple and one touched the plate on a base hit. Gonzalez gave the Rams some insurance in the bottom of the frame, registering his third RBI of the day on a single through the left side.
Freshman Jem Sisco came in to pitch in the eighth and allowed two runners to get into scoring position before getting out of the jam with a groundout. The tying run came to the plate in the ninth but Sisco recorded a strikeout and a groundout to finish off his first collegiate save.
- Alex Gonzalez: 2-3, 3 RBI, R
- Efrain Santiago: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- CJ Goodz: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB
- Robert Wood: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
- Cole Kriger: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R
- Ryan Coyle: 2-4, 2B, R
- Patrick Hohlfeld: W, 6.0 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 7 K
- Jem Sisco: SV, 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- Jefferson's five doubles were a season high.
- The Rams tied their season high with seven walks.
Jefferson takes on Fairmont State in Cary, N.C. on Saturday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m.