PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (3-13, 1-1 CACC) split its conference-opening doubleheader with Goldey-Beacom (2-14, 1-1 CACC) on Wednesday. The Rams earned an 8-2 victory in game one and the Lightning came back to take the nightcap, 18-10.
GAME ONE – W, 8-2 (9 inn.)
Jefferson opened the scoring in the second with sophomore Efrain Santiago drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Rams made it 2-0 in the third on a fielder's choice. They broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Santiago scored on an error, senior Timothy Brodhag doubled in two runs and senior Matt McGee knocked in Brodhag with a base hit. In the fifth, Jefferson increased the lead to 8-0 as sophomore Arturo Figueroa singled home Santiago and Brodhag plated junior Robert Wood with a double to left center.
Meanwhile, sophomore Patrick Hohlfeld was dealing on the mound, allowing just five baserunners through the first seven innings with four hits. The Lightning struggled to keep up with the hurler, as Hohlfeld recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts. GBC did put two runs on the board in the eighth via a triple and a single.
- Patrick Hohlfeld: 8.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 15 K
- Arturo Figueroa: 1-for-5, RBI, R
- Robert Wood: 3 R
- Timothy Brodhag: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
- Matt McGee: 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI, R
- Efrain Santiago: 1-for-2, 3 BB, RBI, 2 R
GAME TWO – L, 18-10 (7 inn.)
The Jefferson pitching staff struggled, allowing 12 earned runs and 20 hits. GBC used two seven-run innings in the second and fourth to break the game open. The Rams pushed one run across in the first, second and third. Figueroa scored on a fielder's choice and had a sacrifice fly while Santiago drew a bases-loaded walk.
In the fourth, Brodhag recorded his 100th career hit with a double down the right field line. Jefferson posted a big inning of its own with six runs in the sixth. Sophomores Chase Fike and Cole Kriger walked with the bases loaded. Santiago cleared the bases with a three-run double and later scored on an error. The final run came in the seventh when sophomore CJ Pluck brought home senior Ryan Gonzalez with a base hit.
The Rams and Lightning meet again for a doubleheader on Friday, March 22 at 12 p.m. in Hockessin, Del.