MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Philadelphia University baseball team began its three-game weekend series in Georgia with an 8-4 setback to Georgia College Friday night on John Kurtz Field.
The Philadelphia (0-5) jumped on Georgia College starter Charlie Hecht, scoring twice in each of the first two innings to take a quick 4-0 lead.
Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) continued his strong start to the 2017 season as he put a Hecht offering over the right field fence with Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) on base to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in the first. Wells has now hit a home run in three straight games.
One inning later, the Rams used a two-out rally to double the lead. Matthew McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) started the rally with a single to center and was followed up by a Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) double to put Rams on second and third. Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) stroked a single to right field to plate both runners and make the score 4-0.
Abraham Almonte (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) cruised through his first five innings on the mound, allowing just two hits and striking out five batters while keeping the Bobcats off the board.
Then, Georgia College got its offense going in the sixth. The Bobcats put two of their first three runners on base and chased Almonte from the game. Wesley Wommack hit a three-run home run off of reliever Michael Calabrese (Blackwood, N.J./Highland Regional) to trim the Philadelphia lead to 4-3. The Bobcats tied the score at four when Logan Mattix reached base on a two-out error and Brendan Hollar, who tripled two at-bats earlier, came home.
Brandon Purcell got the Bobcat half of the seventh off to a quick start with a lead-off triple. He would start one batter later when Brandon Benson singled. The RBI single was the start of a four-run inning that would give the Bobcats an 8-4 lead.
McGee and Klusman both had two hits for the Rams. Wommack finished the game with two doubles, a home run, and five RBIs to lead Georgia College.
Brady Walsh threw 2.2 innings on scoreless relief to record the victory.
The two teams complete their three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 4 starting at noon.