DINWIDDIE, Va. – The Philadelphia University baseball team concluded its weekend in Virginia dropping a 20-15 slugfest to West Chester University on Sunday.
Philadelphia (0-4) pounded out a season-high 17 hits, including nine extra-base hits. Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) had a 4-for-6 day at the plate, drove in four runs, and scored three times. David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth), Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School), and Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) all recorded three hits. Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) and Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) added two hits each.
The Rams found themselves down 12-1 after 4-½ innings as West Chester (3-1) scored six times in the first, once in the second, twice in the fourth, and three times in the fifth. Klusman got Philadelphia on the board with a second-inning solo home run.
After getting three hits over the first four innings, the Philadelphia bats sprung to life in the fifth. The Rams recorded five hits to push seven runs across the plate to trim the gap to 12-8.
Philadelphia opened the inning by having their first eight batters reach safely which led to five runs. With runners on second and third and no outs, Joa started the rally with a fielder's choice. That was followed up by three straight RBI hits—a McTaggart double and Quaranta and Wells singles. Peter DiMeglio (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) worked a bases loaded walk for the fifth run of the inning.
Two outs later, Jeff Briggs (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) got hit by a pitch and Joa beat out an infield single to produce the sixth and seventh runs of the inning.
Wells brought the Rams within 12-9 in the sixth when he smacked a one-out solo home run.
West Chester came back with a three-run seventh inning to reclaim a six-run advantage, 15-9.
In the bottom of the eighth, Quaranta and Wells hit back-to-back solo home runs for the second time during the Challenge to make the score 15-11. The duo is tied for the team-lead in home runs with three.
The Golden Rams put the game away by scoring five times in the top of the ninth inning. Philadelphia did get four back in its final at-bat, two on a Quaranta double.
Corey Webb and Nick Ward had three hits a piece for West Chester. Nick Bateman, Joe Sheeran, Anthony Salomone, and Webb all drove in three runs.
Philadelphia will now head to Georgia to begin a three-series with Georgia College and State on Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m.