PHILADELPHIA – Down to its final two outs, the Philadelphia University baseball team pushed three runs across to come from behind and defeat the University of the Sciences 3-1 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference clash Wednesday afternoon at Richie Ashburn Field.
Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) started the rally by error on a Nick Amicon error—the first of three Devil miscues in the ninth. After Melendez advanced 90 feet on a passed ball, Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth)—who went 3-for-4—tied the game at one with a single. Philadelphia (13-21, 5-5 CACC) would have to get the rally restarted as Klusman was caught stealing trying to get into scoring position for the second out of the inning.
Christian Rosario (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Freeport) singlehandedly got himself to third base by drawing a walk, stealing second, and going to third on an error. Matthew McGee (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) made Rosario's hard work pay off with the go-ahead single—the second of his two hits—to make the score 2-1. With runners at first and second after an Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy) single keep the inning going, an errant pickoff throw by pitcher Pablo Matos allowed McGee to come home from second for the Rams' third run.
David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) shut the door on USciences with a 1-2-3 inning to nail down the victory.
USciences (5-18, 2-8 CACC) scored the first run of the afternoon on a sixth-inning Pat Hiester sacrifice fly that knocked in Daniel Pineda, who led off with a single
The Devils threatened to extend the lead in the seventh as back-to-back singles off McTaggart—who came in to pitch at the start of the inning—put runners at the corner. McTaggart settled down, getting Pineda to line into a double play and end the threat.
McTaggart retired the last seven batters in a row to improve 2-0 this season. Statrter Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) threw five shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out two.
Despite recording 12 strikeouts, Matos was tagged with the complete-game loss.
Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) added two hits for the Rams, who ended the game with nine hits. The Devils' Ryan Scholey was 2-for-3.
Philadelphia returns home to face Felician in a CACC doubleheader on Saturday, April 16 at noon.