LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Philadelphia University baseball team struggled to find its offense on Tuesday afternoon as the Rams dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Felician University, 3-0 and 7-2, at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
The Rams (14-23) got two hits off of Golden Falcon pitcher John Holland, who struck out eight and walked one over the seven innings. Richard Joa (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) recorded Philadelphia's first hit of the game in the third inning, laying down a bunt single and advancing to second on a Holland throwing error. Dan Klusman (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) added a fourth inning one-out single.
Felician pushed a run across during the second, fourth, and fifth innings. Matt Kleinstein produced a second-inning double that drove in Bruce Strickland, who tripled in the previous at-bat as part of a 2-for-2 day. In the fourth inning, Strickland beat a throw home on a Jason Polgano bunt down the first-base line to score the second run. Andrew LaMura tacked on Felcian's third run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Jonathan Gottschall (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) recorded two strike outs and surrendered just five hits over four innings in the loss.
Leading 1-0 in the second inning, Felician crossed the plate four times during the frame to extend the gap to 5-0. Mike Martone scored the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Ronnie Grant had a two-run double and was followed up by an Andrew LaMura RBI single.
The Rams took advantage of a two-out error in the fourth inning to close within 5-2. Joa started the inning with a bunt single, Philadelphia's first hit of the game, and went to second on a McTaggart base hit. After Wells drew a two-out walk to load the bases, Nick Goetz (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) lofted a high pop-up on the right side of the infield. Ralph Caccavale fought the swirling wind to get under the ball, but had it roll off the tip of his glove to allow Joa and McTaggart to score.
Felician added two more runs in the sixth.
Michael Melendez (Lansdale, Pa./Christopher Dock) led off the fifth inning with a single giving the Rams three hits in game two.
Ronnie Grant led Felician (25-9) with three of the team's 11 hits, three RBI, and three runs scored. Brennan Price and LaMura both had two hits and a RBI.
Polgano earned the victory as he went six innings, struck out three, and gave up the two unearned runs.
Philadelphia heads to the University of the Sciences for a non-conference doubleheader on Friday, April 21 at noon.