PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (9-20, 7-7 CACC) went 1-1 against Felician (17-15, 11-3 CACC) in a conference doubleheader on Wednesday. The Golden Falcons won a slugfest in the opener, 13-12 while the Rams took game two, 8-2.
GAME ONE – L, 13-12 (9 inn.)
Jefferson took an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Sophomore Timothy Lubrano singled in a run and another scored on an error. Felician exploded for 10 runs in the third before the Rams cut the deficit to 10-3 via an RBI single by junior Austin Torres.
The Golden Falcons made it 12-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth. However, Jefferson battled back, starting with a five-run fifth. Torres smacked an RBI triple to center, Lubrano drove in a run with a double, two runs came across on an error and senior Christopher Lorenzo added an RBI single.
The Rams made it 12-11 in the sixth on a two-run triple by Lubrano and a run-scoring base hit by sophomore Cole Kriger. Jefferson pushed across the tying run in the seventh when Torres recorded a sacrifice fly.
Felician recovered in the eighth, going ahead once again on a wild pitch. The Rams put the tying run on base in both the eighth and ninth but could not knock in the equalizer.
GAME TWO – W, 8-2 (7 inn.)
The first run came from Jefferson in the third when sophomore Efrain Santiago singled in sophomore Arturo Figueroa. The Golden Falcons evened the score in the fifth on a sac fly. It was not a tie game for long as the Rams regained the advantage with two runs in the bottom half. Santiago hit a single to left center and two runs scored.
Felician closed the gap to one in the sixth on a double but Jefferson broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Figueroa drove in two with a triple, junior Robert Wood singled in a run, senior Timothy Brodhag notched a sacrifice fly and Santiago touched the plate on a wild pitch.
Sophomore Patrick Hohlfeld hurled a complete game for the win, allowing just two runs and five hits while fanning seven batters. He recorded a trio of 1-2-3 innings.
The Rams and Golden Falcons square off again in Rutherford, N.J. on Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m.