Hohlfeld, Bukavich Combine For Game Two Shutout in Baseball's Split with Caldwell

Hohlfeld, Bukavich Combine For Game Two Shutout in Baseball's Split with Caldwell

CALDWELL, N.J. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (15-26, 13-13 CACC) split a pair of one-run games at Caldwell (11-24, 9-17 CACC) on Wednesday. The Cougars had a 3-2 win in the opener and the Rams pitched a 1-0 shutout in eight innings in game two.

GAME ONE – L, 3-2 (9 inn.)
All of the runs came in the sixth inning. Senior Andres Valbuena led off with a walk for Jefferson. Junior Robert Wood singled to left center to put runners on first and second. After a groundout advanced the runners, junior Austin Torres drove them in with a two-run single.

In the bottom half, Caldwell recorded a one-out base hit and the runner stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. A single made the score 2-1 before the Cougars took the lead with a two-run homer to left field.

The Rams were only able to get a runner to second base once in the final three frames as they could not find the equalizer.

Quick Hits
- Robert Wood: 2-for-4, 2B, R
- Austin Torres: 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI
- Andres Valbuena: 1-for-2, BB, R

GAME TWO – W, 1-0 (8 inn.)
A pitching duel ensued in the nightcap, with the teams combining for eight hits in seven innings and unable to put a run on the board. Only five runners reached second base in that span.

In the eighth, Jefferson finally broke through to take the lead. Valbuena led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Arturo Figueroa knocked in the go-ahead run with a base hit.

In the bottom of the frame, Caldwell had a lead-off single and the runner was sacrificed to second. After a strikeout, the runner stole third. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases with two outs. Sophomore Matt Bukavich came through with a clutch strikeout to end the threat and the ballgame.

Bukavich and sophomore Patrick Hohlfeld combined for the five-hit shutout. Hohlfeld allowed four hits while striking out eight in six innings. Bukavich earned the win, tossing two one-hit frames and fanning four.

Quick Hits
- Patrick Hohlfeld: 6.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K
- Matt Bukavich: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- Richard Joa: 2-for-4
- Arturo Figueroa: 1-for-2, BB, RBI
- Andres Valbuena: 1-for-3, R

The Rams currently sit in the final playoff position in the South Division with six games to go. They are one game ahead of both USciences and Goldey-Beacom. Felician is the only squad to have clinched a spot in the CACC Tournament. Chestnut Hill and Wilmington (Del.) currently reside in second and third place respectively.

The Rams have a crucial home doubleheader with Wilmington (Del.) on Wednesday, April 24 at 1 p.m.