PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team had to overcome a smashed windshield and a flat tire just to get Richie Asbury Field for Friday's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game against the University of the Sciences, which also served as the first round of the Bill Giles Tournament. Once the game started, the Rams couldn't fend off three early errors and a late Devils push in an 8-5 loss.
After falling behind 2-0 in the second on two unearned runs, Philadelphia (9-17, 1-4 CACC) got its offense clicking an inning later to take a 3-0 lead. With one out in the frame, David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) ripped a double to right center and was followed up by a Christopher Lorenzo walk. Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) stepped to the plate two hitters later and drove a C.J. Hertz pitch over the right-center field fence for his third home run of the year to put Philadelphia in front.
The score remained 3-2 until the fourth when Mike Pollastrelli—who was 4-for-5 with three RBIs—led off with a home run to tie the score and Trevor Datz put the Devils (4-14, 1-4 CACC) in front with a one-out single.
USciences was up 6-5 through seven innings of play after the teams traded single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, the Devils added to their lead with two more runs. With the bases loaded and no outs—after the first three batters of the inning were hit by a pitch---Ryan Scholey doubled the lead with a sacrifice fly. Pollastrelli tacked on the eighth run with a two-out single.
Kyle O'Brien was the winning pitcher for USciences, while Brett Chupka (White Haven, Pa./Crestwood) suffered the loss. McTaggart, Philadelphia's starting pitcher, went the first six innings, striking out four and allowing five runs—three earned—on nine hits.
Six different Rams had one a piece. Garza's home run extended his hitting streak to six games. Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) had a RBI groundout in the sixth and Matthew McGee (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) recorded a RBI single one inning later.
Philadelphia welcomes Caldwell to Alumni Field for a CACC doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 starting at noon.