Baseball holds off East Stroudsburg for 6-5 win
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team continues its current hot streak as it fended off visiting East Stroudsburg for a 6-5 non-conference win on Alumni Field Wednesday afternoon.
Philadelphia moves its overall record to 13-14-1. The Rams have won 10 of their last 11 games, including the last five in a row.
The Warriors are now 12-7.
The Rams' offense got the team off to a strong start as it pushed four runs across in the bottom of the first.
Senior first baseman Jeff Bohus (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill E.) knocked in pair of runs with a double to right field, one of his two hits in the game. Junior catcher TJ Burgmann (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College HS) brought home the third run with a groundout and sophomore designated hitter Robbie Pelaez (Miami, Fla./Sunset) followed up with a RBI single.
The Warriors got two runs back in the top of the second inning on a two-out single from Eric Linares.
Junior left fielder Shane Yoshiyama (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) allowed Philadelphia to regain a three-run advantage with a base hit to bring around Burgmann.
The teams traded runs in the fourth to make the score 6-3.
East Stroudsburg got single runs in the eighth and ninth on a sacrifice fly from Joe Bennie and a RBI single from Eric Forth.
Senior starting pitcher Russell Trojan (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) struck out five and allowed three runs in eight hits over five innings to earn his fourth win of the year (4-3). Freshman closer Luke Floer (Brewster, N.Y./North Salem) threw the ninth inning for his fifth save.
East Stroudsburg's John Armbrust lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up five runs and nine hits, and took the loss.
Both teams pounded out 14 hits. Junior center fielder Rick Reigner (Havertown, Pa./Monsignor Bonner), sophomore Ken McCormick (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury), junior third baseman Chris Pelaez (Miami, Fla./Sunset), and Robbie Pelaez had two hits each.
Andy Brandsetter and Mike Tenaglia each had a four-hit day for the Warriors.
Philadelphia travels to Caldwell for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 6 at noon.