NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A strong week at the plate, including three game-winning hits, and an important inning on the mound earned Philadelphia University baseball sophomore Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) player of the week award on Monday.
Quaranta—the Rams' first conference player of the week since Ken McCormick on March 25, 2013—hit safely in all five games last week, batting .409 with eight RBIs.
In Philadelphia's doubleheader sweep of Dominican (N.Y) on April 24, Quaranta hit a 10-inning home run in both ends of the twinbill—a solo home run in the game one 5-4 win and a two-run shot in a 3-1 win in the nightcap—as part of a 4-for-10 day at the plate. Quaranta also earned the game-two victory as he gave the Rams 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out the side in the last of the 10th to complete the sweep.
In game one against Wilmington (Del.) on April 20, Quaranta delivered the two-out, go-ahead single in the top of the ninth to cap a three-run rally and put Philadelphia ahead 4-3. It was Quaranta's only hit of the contest. He was 2-for-4, including a two-run double, during an 11-5 game two loss to the Wildcats.
Quaranta opened the week with a two-run single as part of a 2-for-3 day in Philadelphia's 12-8 win over Kutztown on April 18. He threw a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one hitter.
In 25 games this season, Quaranta is hitting .333 with 21 hits, five home runs which is second on the team, and 13 RBIs. As a pitcher, he has made three appearances and is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and four strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Philadelphia (17-24, 8-8 CACC) welcomes Post to Alumni Field for a CACC doubleheader on Saturday, April 30 at noon.