March 26, 2012

Rams snap skid with 6-4 victory over visiting East Stroudsburg

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University baseball team put an end to its 11-game losing streak by knocking off visiting East Stroudsburg, 6-4, in a non-conference game Monday on Alumni Field.

Starting pitcher David Lerro was the star for Philadelphia (6-20) by throwing five innings of two-hit ball and allowing just one run, which came in the first inning. Lerro (2-2) also struck out four batters.

Sawyer Brown threw the final four innings to earn his first career save. Brown fanned one batter.

East Stroudsburg (17-7) needs two batters to score the game's first run. Left fielder Zach Menendez opened the game with a walk and promptly stole second and third base. He came home on a ground out by shortstop Evan Gallagher.

First baseman Jordan Force got that run back for the Rams in the bottom of the first with a ground out that plated shortstop Hunter Greenwood, who started the inning by getting hit by a pitch.

After scoring on an error in the second to take a 2-1 lead, Philadelphia went to work to pad its advantage in the fourth. Center fielder Rick Reigner knocked in Greenwood, who started the inning off with a double, with a ground out. Designated hitter Jake Madnick, making his first start of the year, singled to plate Force for the Rams' fourth run of the game.

Catcher TJ Burgmann provided the team's fifth run in the home half of the fifth with a one-out RBI single to score Force. Reigner scored the sixth run when the next batter right fielder Joe Thayres, who went 1-for-3, grounded out.

The Warriors closed the gap to 6-3 with RBI singles by Gallagher and right fielder Eric Boyer in the seventh.

Michael Muglia (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits in three innings.

Gallagher, Boyer and center fielder Chris Knott all had two hits. The Warriors outhit Philadelphia, 10-4, but the Warriors made four errors compared to just two for the Rams.

The two teams meet again on Thursday, March 29 at East Stroudsburg, which is the next game for the Rams. First pitch is 3 p.m.

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