PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia scored 18 times and pounded out 25 hits to pull a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader sweep of visiting Bloomfield Sunday afternoon on Alumni Field. The Rams outslugged the Bears for a 12-7 game one win and then earned a 6-5 win in the nightcap with a run in the last of the ninth.
Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) had a solid day at the plate, going 6-for-9 with four RBIs and scored four times. Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) added four hits and nine at-bats, drove in two, and crossed the plate three times. Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) was 2-for-4 in each game.
Philadelphia (12-21, 4-5 CACC) erased a 6-5 deficit with a four-run sixth inning to jump out to a 10-6 advantage.
The inning started with an error on a ball hit by Matthew McGee (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll). After an Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy) sacrifice bunt and a Goetz single, McGee tied the score by coming home on a wild pitch.
Then, Garza started a two-out rally as he put the Rams—who had a 5-0 lead—back in front with a deep double to right field, scoring Goetz. Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) followed up the Garza double with a single to right for the Rams' ninth. The Rams took advantage of another Bloomfield error as Harold Hester allowed a Melendez single to roll through his legs and score Wells from first.
Bloomfield got a run back in the top of the eighth on a fielding error with a runner at third. The Rams wouldn't allow the Bears to get any closer as they pushed three more runs across during their half of the eighth. Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and McGee added a sacrifice fly.
Luke Floer (Brewster, N.Y./North Salem) came into the game with one out in the sixth, fanned five, and allowed just an unearned run on five hits during his 3.2 innings of work to earn the win. Starter Casey O'Donnell (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) went the first 5.1 innings, gave up six runs on 10 hits, and struck out six.
Bloomfield starter Steven Acosta suffered the loss. He lasted 5.2 innings and surrendered seven runs on 11 hits.
Led by a 4-for-4 game from Garza, Philadelphia had 15 hits. Goetz added three hits.
Ben Thomas was 3-for-5, including a three-run triple during the six-run sixth, and scored twice to lead the Bears (6-17, 3-7 CACC). Luis Hidalgo also recorded three hits.
The nightcap entered the bottom of the ninth tied at five after Bloomfield's Anthony Lantigua delivered a two-out single to plate Harry Montero to even the game.
Valbuena got the Rams going in the last of the ninth with a one-out single. He would make his way to third on an errant pick-off attempt by Anthony Maldonado and a Christopher Lorenzo (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) single. Maldonado would load the bases as he drilled Goetz with a pitch.
Garza came up next and hit a ground ball to third base. Hidalgo threw home to cut down Valbuena at home; however, Luke Loughery's relay throw to first to record the inning-ending double play sailed into right field, allowing Lorenzo to slide home safely and win the game.
Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) threw five innings of relief to pick up his fourth win. He struck out three while allowing two runs on four hits. Maldonado was tagged with the loss.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on a Garza double and a Melendez infield single.
After the Bears got one back on a double steal in the second, Hidalgo tied the game with a triple and Loughery scored on a two-out passed ball to go up 3-2 in the fourth.
Wells led off Philadelphia's half of the fourth with a solo home run, his team-leading seventh, to knot the score at three. The Rams reclaimed the lead three batters later on a Timothy Brodhag (Warminster, Pa./William Tennett) single.
Garza, Melendez, and Brodhag had two hits each for the Rams. Lantigua went 4-for-5 to lead Bloomfield.
Philadelphia heads to the University of the Sciences on a CACC contest on Wednesday, April 13 at 3 p.m.