PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University baseball team picked up its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victories of the season thanks to a sweep of the University of the Sciences, 12-2 and 8-4, Friday afternoon on Alumni Field.
David McTaggart (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) had a strong day at the plate, recording six in eight at-bats and driving in seven runs. He came through with a game-high four hits and drove in three runs in the game one victory. In game two, McTaggart notched two hits and four RBI.
Philadelphia (4-11, 2-2 CACC) quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead through three innings of the opener. McTaggart started his day at the plate with a first-inning RBI single and Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) lofted a sacrifice fly to right in the next at-bat for the second run of the day. Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) knocked in Philadelphia's third run with a long home run—his eighth of the season—to right field in the third.
After USciences (5-11, 2-2 CACC) got on the board with a single run in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1, Philadelphia put the game out of reach as the Rams scored nine runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
Nick Goetz was responsible for the lone run of the sixth inning with a one-out single to right that plated McTaggart. In the seventh inning, Brandon Quaranta (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) connected for his eighth home run of the season—a two-run blast—and McTaggart delivered a RBI double to widen the margin to 7-1. Wells had a two-run single to cap a 3-for-5 game and Klusman knocked in a pair with a triple during a five-run eighth.
The Rams had 16 hits, their sixth game this season with at least 10 hits.
Frank D'Alessandro recorded a RBI single in the fifth and Ryan Scholey added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly for the Devils.
Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) fanned six over six innings for his first win of the season. He allowed one run on six hits.
The Rams overcome a 4-2 deficit heading into the home half of the fifth with six unanswered runs.
Philadelphia tied the game in the fifth with a pair of runs. McTaggart brought the Rams within one with a sacrifice fly to plate Quaranta. Wells evened the score at four when he scampered home on a wild pitch.
In the sixth inning, the Rams took advantage of three Devil errors to bring home four runs. With runners at the corners, Devil reliever Andrew Szpindor attempted to pickoff Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) at first, but the attempt got away from first baseman Pat Hiester and went out of play. Andres Valbuena (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy)—who was on third—scored the go-ahead run. On the next play, Quaranta doubled home Melendez from third base.
McTaggart was responsible for the final two runs of the game. First, he recorded a two-out single to for the third run of the inning. Then, he managed to circle the bases thanks to a stolen base, a throwing error by the Devils' catcher, and a second error on the left fielder all on the same play.
Philadelphia took a 2-0 first inning lead on a two-run homer off the bat of McTaggart—his third. USciences scored in the second on a Nate Steele RBI single. Ryan Scholey tied the game with a solo home in the third and put the Devils ahead with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Casey O'Donnell (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, and striking out five, to earn the win.
Philadelphia heads to Caldwell for a CACC doubleheader Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m.