Rams earn road doubleheader split with Dominican (N.Y.)

POMONA, N.Y. – A complete team effort helped the Philadelphia University baseball team defeat Dominican (N.Y.), 8-0, in the first game of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. The Chargers took game two, 15-0.

 

In the first game, Philadelphia (9-27, 3-10 CACC) starter Russell Trojan and relievers Rob Spragis and Nick Harper combined to hold Dominican to eight hits.

 

Trojan struck out four and gave up five hits in five innings to get the win. Spragis fanned two, while allowing three hits in three innings. Harper retired two of the three hitters he faced via strikeout during a perfect ninth.

 

The Rams got RBIs from designated hitter Jake Madnick and catcher TJ Burgmann to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Philadelphia's advantage doubled in the fifth inning when first baseman Jordan Force singled in a run and center fielder Rick Reigner scored from third on a wild pitch.

 

With two down in the top of the sixth Reigner came through with a two-run single, one of his three hits in the game, to push the Philadelphia lead to 6-0. Left fielder Ken McCormick drilled his first career home run, part of a three-hit game, to bring home the final two runs in the eighth.

 

Third baseman CJ Wallowitch added two hits to the Philadelphia nine-hit attack.

 

Eight different players had a hit for Dominican (12-19, 6-6 CACC). Anthony Pastrana was the losing pitcher after allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits in five innings. He struck out two.

 

Dominican started game two by sending 11 batters to the plate as part of a six-run opening inning. Left fielder Tony Blake had a two-run triple.

 

Right fielder Chris Gonzalez, who went 3-for-3 in the nightcap, drove in the Chargers' next three runs with a single in the second and a two-run double in the sixth.

 

After scoring a single run in the seventh, the Chargers took advantage of four Ram errors to push across five runs during the home half of the eighth.

 

Caleb Whiteley went the distance, striking out seven and allowing six hits.

 

Burgmann led the Philadelphia offense with two hits in three at-bats.

 

Jeff Bohus took the loss after giving up six runs, four earned, in one inning.

 

Philadelphia returns home to take on Felician in a CACC doubleheader Saturday, April 14 at noon.

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