HOCKESSIN, Del. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (6-14, 4-2 CACC) swept a doubleheader at CACC opponent Goldey-Beacom (4-16, 3-3 CACC) on Sunday. The Rams took game one, 6-3 before winning the nightcap, 4-2 in eight innings.
GAME ONE – W, 6-3 (9 inn.)
The first nine Rams' hitters were retired but Jefferson broke through for a pair of runs in the fourth. Senior Matt McGee doubled in sophomore Arturo Figueroa and later scored on an error. The Lightning tallied a run of their own in the fourth on a miscue.
The Rams increased the lead to 6-1 with a four-run seventh. Sophomore Efrain Santiago knocked in two runs with a base hit to left, junior Robert Wood drew a bases-loaded walk and senior Timothy Brodhag was hit by a pitch with the bases full. GBC got one back in the bottom of the frame via a single.
Goldey-Beacom cut the deficit to 6-3 with an RBI single in the eighth. Junior Brandon Smith came on in the ninth for Jefferson and picked up his second save, allowing just one baserunner.
Sophomore Daniel Sabath earned the win on the mound, tossing six innings and conceding just one unearned run on four hits. He struck out seven batters.
GAME TWO – W, 4-2 (8 inn.)
The Lightning put the first run on the board in the opening frame. The Rams tied the score in the fourth when senior Andres Valbuena drove in sophomore Chase Fike with a base hit. Jefferson took the lead in the fifth on junior Austin Torres's RBI single to right.
GBC came back to even the score in the sixth on a fielder's choice. In the seventh, the Rams were retired in order while the Lightning had the winning run in scoring position with one out. However, Goldey-Beacom flied into a double play to end the inning and send the game in extras.
In the eighth, senior Ryan Gonzalez walked with one out. After a strikeout, Santiago and Valbuena each drew free passes and the bases were loaded. Figueroa took advantage and drew another walk to force in the go-ahead run. Then, Wood was hit by a pitch to put Jefferson ahead 4-2.
The Lightning were able to put the tying run on base in the bottom of the eighth but sophomore Matt Bukavich induced a groundout to clinch the victory. Bukavich pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed just two hits while striking out two.
The Rams stay on the road and visit conference rival USciences on Tuesday, March 26 at 12 p.m.