PHILADELPHIA – Ten Rams recorded at least one hit and seven knocked one or more runs as the Philadelphia University baseball team cruised to a 21-1 non-conference victory over Queens (N.Y.) College Thursday afternoon on Alumni Field.
Led by a 6-for-6 day from Paul McElroy (Southampton, Pa./William Tennett), the Rams pounded out a season-high 22 base hits. McElroy, who had a RBI single in the first and fourth innings, is the first Ram to go 6-for-6 at the plate since Keith Heck accomplished the feat on April 4, 2006 in a 15-13 loss to Kutztown.
David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) had two hits in three at-bats, but finished the day with a career-high seven RBI. In his first at-bat of the game, McTaggart hit a bases-loaded double to plate three runs as part of an eight-run first inning. In the fifth inning, McTaggart connected for his first career grand slam, capping off a five-run fifth that gave Philadelphia a 16-1 lead.
Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) had four hits in five at-bats, including a solo home run in the sixth, and scored five of the Rams' 21 runs. Matt McGee (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) recorded two hits and knocked in four runs. McGee drilled his first home run of the season in the first inning to drive in two runs. He also had a sacrifice fly in the seventh and a RBI single for the Rams' final run in the eighth.
The last time Philadelphia recorded 20+ runs in a game and 20+ hits in a game came on April 16, 2008. The Rams plated 21 runs on 24 hits in a 21-3 triumph over the University of the Sciences.
Not to be overshadowed by the tremendous offensive effort, five Philadelphia pitchers combined to toss a six-hitter.
Abraham Almonte (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) went the first five innings to record his first win since April 11, 2015. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out five batters. Jack Galligan (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North), Ryan Lucas (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent), Michael Calabrese (Blackwood, N.J./Highland Regional), and Brandon Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) each threw one inning of relief and kept the Knights (5-4) off the board. Galligan and Lucas retired the side in order during their inning of work.
Queens scored its lone run in the fifth inning on a two-out double off the bat of Joel Mendez to make the score 11-1. Thomas Parish had two of the Knights' six hits.
The Rams and Knights will square off again on Monday, March 13 in a doubleheader at noon in Flushing, N.Y.