Lerro’s complete game helps Rams earn split with Nyack

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – David Lerro threw a complete-game seven-hitter as the Philadelphia University baseball team took game one of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader with Nyack, 9-4, Saturday afternoon on Alumni Field. The Warriors came back for a 14-6 game two win.

Lerro was strong in earning his third win of the year, at one point retiring 11 straight hitters. He finished the game with four strike outs.

The Rams (8-26, 2-9 CACC) got on the board in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI groundout from left fielder Ken McCormick.

After Nyack (14-13, 4-4 CACC) tied the game on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth, the Rams exploded for four runs in the bottom of the frame.

With one down, Philadelphia's next three hitters reached base: designated hitter Jake Madnick doubled, catcher TJ Burgmann singled and right fielder Ryan Shellock walked. Third baseman CJ Wallowitch singled in the first run and second baseman Kyle DeGennaro was hit by a pitch to make the score 3-1. Two hitters later, McCormick singled to center and doubled the advantage to 5-1.

McCormick got himself two more RBIs and scored, all of the same play, as part of a four-run eighth. He doubled to drive in DeGennaro and Wallowitch. Then Nyack catcher Mike McConnell threw the ball into left field trying to catch McCormick going to third allowing McCormick to round the bases and make the score 8-1.

The Rams' final run came on an error on a ball hit by first baseman Jordan Force.

The Warriors put together a rally in the ninth, scoring three times, including a RBI double from designated hitter Eric Roe and a RBI groundout by third baseman TJ Briggs. Lerro recovered to get the fin out and the victory.

McCormick led the Philadelphia 12-hit attack with three hits and five RBIs. Center fielder Rick Reigner, DeGennaro, and Madnick added two hits.

Left fielder Phil Erwin and Roe recorded two-hit games for the Warriors.

Kevin Earlie was the losing pitcher after allowing five runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings and fanning five.

In game two Nyack jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings, including a three-run second.

The Rams answered in the bottom of the fourth by getting a RBI groundout from Force. The Warriors get that run back a half-inning later on a wild pitch to keep the six-run lead at 7-1.

The gap grew to 9-1 when Nyack plated runs on a wild pitch and a single by shortstop Phil Delisle in the sixth.

A Reigner single and a Force RBI groundout made the score 9-3 through six.

Nyack put the game away with a five-run eighth inning, which had a RBI triple from second baseman Kris Chatman and a RBI double off the bat of Delisle.

Philadelphia plated three runs in the ninth inning, two on a single by second baseman Matt Ruggieri and the third on a base hit by shortstop Hunter Greenwood.

McCormick remained hot at the plate, turning in a 3-for-5 effort and scoring twice. Shellock and Reigner added two hits each.

Center fielder John Kennedy and Delisle had three-hit games for the Warriors, while five other players recorded two hits.

Wayne Richardson came within one out from getting a complete-game win. He allowed six runs, three earned, on nine hits and fanned four. Ronald Fadul got the game's final out.

Sawyer Brown suffered the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits and four innings.

Philadelphia takes the field again on Wednesday, April 11 with a CACC doubleheader at Dominican (N.Y.). First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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