HOCKESSIN, Del. – The Philadelphia University baseball team closed out the regular season with a pair of non-conference losses to Goldey-Beacom College, 4-3 and 14-3, Wednesday afternoon on Doyle Field.
Philadelphia finishes the season with an 18-27 overall record. The Rams earned the eight seed for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament after going 10-13 against the conference. Philadelphia opens the tournament against top seed Felician on Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament at Post University.
The Lightning (9-35) walked off with the game-one victory as Tevin Thomas hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the seventh to plate Justin Hill for the winning run.
Hill started the final inning with a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Cole Collins was intentionally walked, Keegan Marsden got hit by a pitch to load the bases for Thomas.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-0 advantage by scoring a run in the third and fourth innings. Chris Lorenzo started a third-inning two-out rally by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second base. In the next at-bat, Steven Wells hit a ground ball that couldn't be handled Edwin Lee and allowed Lorenzo to score the first run of the game. The Rams opened the fourth inning with consecutive singles from David McTaggart and Michael Melendez to put running at first and third. Matt McGee brought McTaggart home with a sacrifice bunt to first base.
Goldey-Beacom took the lead in the home half of the fourth with three runs. Raul Perez-Duran drove two runs with a two-out double, the Lightning's first hit of the game, and scored on a fielding error when he went to third.
Wells tied the game at three in the fifth on a RBI fielder's choice that brought in Jeff Briggs, who doubled to start the frame.
The Rams outhit the Lightning 4-3.
Isaiah Holmes was the winning pitcher with two perfect innings of relief. Brandon Smith suffered the loss. Jonathan Gottschall went the first four innings for the Rams, striking out two while allowing three runs (one earned) on one hit.
In the nightcap, the Rams went up 3-0 after two innings of play. Zack Agan scored on a wild pitch and Peter DeMeglio had a RBI groundout in the first inning. One inning later, Nick Goetz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the third Philadelphia.
The rest of the game belonged to the Lightning as Goldey-Beacom scored all 14 runs over the final five innings. Goldey-Beacom tied the game with a three-run third inning that included a two-run homer from CJ Wood. After a scoreless fourth, the Lightning sent 14 batters to the plate during a 10-run fifth inning. Marsden drove in the final run with a sixth-inning triple.
John Barkley Jr. was the winning pitcher with one scoreless inning of relief, while Jack Galligan took the loss.