April 28, 2012

Offense helps Rams get Senior Day doubleheader split with visiting Post

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University baseball team tied a season-high with 16 hits as it took game one of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) twinbill with visiting Post, 10-4, on Alumni Field Saturday afternoon. The Eagles came back to take the nightcap, 6-1.

Prior to the doubleheader, the Philadelphia University department of athletics, the baseball coaching staff, and parents honored seniors Brian Clark and Joe Thayres for their four years in a Ram uniform.

In game one, the Eagles (15-28, 7-14 CACC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the second.

Philadelphia (11-31, 6-14 CACC) rallied with two outs in the home half of the second to take a 5-4 lead. Shortstop Kyle DeGennaro and first baseman Jordan Force recorded two-run singles, while center fielder Rick Reigner contributed a RBI base hit.

Right fielder Ryan Shellock's RBI single and third baseman TJ Burgmann's RBI fielder choice in the fifth inning extend the Ram advantage to 7-4. Two innings later Burgmann knocked in two more runs and Thayres added a pinch-hit RBI single to push the gap to 10-4.

After a shaky beginning, Philadelphia's David Lerro settled down and threw seven solid innings to earn the victory. Lerro, who threw 133 pitches, struck out four while allowing seven hits.

Culter Ruby took the loss after giving up 10 hits on 14 hits in 6.1 innings. He fanned six.

Left fielder Ken McCormick had three of Philadelphia's 16 hits. Second baseman Matt Ruggieri, DeGennaro, Force, Shellock and Burgmann all had two hits each.

Center fielder Bobby Rodriguez recorded three of Post's eight hits.

Game two was scoreless until the top of the sixth when shortstop Todd Blair hit a solo home run to left field and gave Post a 1-0 lead. 

Trailing 2-0 in the home half of the seventh, DeGennaro got a run back for the Rams with a two-out single that plated catcher Stephen Uhlak.

After tacking on another single run in the eighth, Post scored three times on one swing, a three-run home run by right fielder Alex Villar, to move ahead 6-1.

The Eagles' Stephen Corbett tossed a complete-game six-hitter to take the win. He also struck out six. Russell Trojan suffered the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and compiling four strike outs in seven innings.

Villar and catcher Alexandre Beland both went 2-for-5 at the plate for Post, who had nine hits in the game. Reigner, McCormick, Shellock, Uhlak, Ruggieri and DeGennaro all recorded a base hit for the Rams.

Philadelphia is back in action with a non-conference game at 17th-ranked West Chester Monday, April 30 at 3 p.m.