The Philadelphia University baseball team had their season come to a close today after dropping a 7-1 decision to Dominican College in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament. The game was played at Wilson Field on the campus of Wilmington University in New Castle, Del.
The Rams finish the 2008 season 22-22 overall, after capturing a share of the CACC regular season title with a 19-8 conference record. It was their best performance since the 1999 campaign, and with a few breaks in today's earlier game with Caldwell, the Rams easily could be preparing for a league title opportunity tomorrow and a chance to advance to the NCAA Division II East Regional next weekend.
Meanwhile, the Chargers and Cougars meet tomorrow to decide the CACC Championship, with the winner earning the aforementioned berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament. Caldwell (31-17), by virtue of going 2-0 thus far, needs to beat Dominican (28-24) just once to earn the championship, while the Chargers will have to beat Caldwell twice to claim the title.
The Rams never got things going in today's matchup against Dominican, as the game was scoreless through two innings before the Chargers got on the board with two runs in the top of the third off of sophomore southpaw Brian Rousseau. They added three more in the fifth, meanwhile right-hander Tom Kahl held the Rams at bay for Dominican, as the freshman went the distance, scattering six hits, striking out seven, walking only two and giving up just the one earned run. The Rams grounded out 15 times in today's elimination game.
The only Philadelphia University run was plated in the eighth when senior JungMin Lee came home on a single from sophomore Tyler Mentzer.