PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team overcame deficits of 5-0 and 6-3 to force extra innings in its Bill Giles Tournament opening round game against West Chester on Tuesday afternoon at Father Judge High School. However, the Rams gave up four runs in the top of the 10th to fall West Chester 10-6.
Philadelphia (2-11) trailed 5-0 after four innings of play as West Chester (8-3) pushed two runs across in the third and three more one inning later.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Rams closed the gap two 5-3 when Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) drove an Andrew Gernert offering over the right field fence for a three-run home run. Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) recorded a one-out single and Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) was hit by a pitch two at-bats later to reach base prior to Wells' seventh homer of the year.
After giving a run back in the seventh, Philadelphia took advantage of two West Chester errors to score twice and cut the gap to 6-5. Robert Wood (Northfield, N.J./Mainland Regional) and Joa both reached base on errors and were bunted to third and second, respectively, on a Jeff Briggs sacrifice bunt. Quaranta made the Golden Rams pay for the miscues as he came through with a two-RBI single.
The Rams scored the tying run with one out in the ninth on a Joa single—capped a 3-for-5 day. Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) started the frame singling to center and moving to second on a Wood sacrifice bunt. Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) entered the game to pinch run for Melendez and made his way to third thanks to a passed ball to set up Joa.
West Chester scored four runs with two away in the 10th inning. Shane Dressler doubled to deep center field allowing Nick Ward to score the go-ahead run from third base. After an error put a second Golden Ram on base, Robert Knox tripled, plating two more runs. Knox recorded the final run on a wild pitch.
Philadelphia got the 10th off to a positive start as David McTaggart posted a lead-off triple into the left field corner, his second hit of the afternoon. The next three batters would go down in order to end the game.
For West Chester, Ward had three hits, while Drew Jarmuz, Joe Sheeran, Dressler, and Knox added two hits.
Josh McClain earned the win, going 2.2 innings, striking out five, and allowing one unearned run on four hits. Quaranta took the loss in relief. He fanned two in two innings.
Philadelphia returns to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play against the University of the Sciences on Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m.