PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team scored 11 times in the first three innings and then held on for a 12-8 non-conference victory over Kutztown Monday afternoon on Alumni Field.
The Rams (14-23) wasted little time getting the offense going as they scored seven runs on four hits and were helped out by getting hit by two pitches in the bottom of the first.
Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) set the tone, leading off an inning that saw the team send 11 batters to the plate with a solo home run to left field. It was Garza's fifth home run of the season.
With the bases loaded on a pair of hit batters and a walk, Desmond Drummond (Philadelphia, Pa./G.A.M.P) delivered a one-out base hit that plated a pair of runs.
Michael Treglia (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) stepped up two hitters later, with the bases full of Rams, and hit a double to deep left-center field to knock in three more runs and increase the lead to 6-0. Garza came back to the plate and brought home Treglia with a two-out single for Philadelphia's seventh run.
After Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) hit a solo home run—his team-leading eighth—to open the second inning, the Rams pushed three more runs across in the third to go up 11-0. Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) stepped up with runners at first and second and knocked in Garza and Jeffrey Briggs (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) with a two-out single. Quaranta came around to score the 11th run on a Matthew McGee (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) base hit.
Kutztown fought back with three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to trim the Philadelphia advantage to 11-6. The Golden Bears got a RBI single from Nick Lafferty and a two-run double off the bat of Anthony Sneska. An inning later, Bo Rottet had an infield single to score a run and Kutztown scored twice on a wild pitch.
Briggs knocked in Philadelphia's first run since the third inning by laying down a perfect squeeze bunt with runners at the corner to plate Treglia to put the Rams up 12-6 in the sixth.
The Golden Bears got within four in the eighth as Zach Schram had a RBI double and Lafferty added a sacrifice fly.
Philadelphia finished the game with 11 hits. Garza, Briggs, and Quaranta all had two hits to lead the Rams. Schram and Lafferty paced the Kutztown eight-hit attack with two hits each.
The Rams earned eight walks and were hit four times against the Golden Bears' five pitchers, while Kutztown drew 11 walks.
Brett Chupka (White Haven, Pa./Crestwood) entered the game in the fifth and picked up his first collegiate win with 2.2 innings of relief, striking out three while allowing two runs on two hits. Bobby Reddick gave up seven runs on three hits in the one-third on an inning to take the loss.
Philadelphia begins a crucial stretch of four straight Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheaders on Thursday, April 21 at Wilmington (Del.). First pitch is slated for noon.