NEW CASTLE, Del. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) baseball team (18-29, 16-16 CACC) suffered a pair of losses at Wilmington (Del.) (33-16, 21-11 CACC) to end the regular season on Sunday. The Wildcats won the opener, 13-1 and had a 6-5, eight-inning victory in the second contest.
GAME ONE – L, 13-1 (9 inn.)
Wilmington jumped on the Rams for three runs in the first, two in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and five in the eighth. Six of the runs were unearned.
Jefferson got its tally in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by sophomore Efrain Santiago.
The Wildcats responded with five runs in the bottom half to go out in front. They hit two home runs and an RBI single and capitalized on a wild pitch.
Jefferson got within one in the sixth on Wood's bunt single. In the seventh, Brodhag walked and went to third on a pair of wild pitches. After a groundout, the Rams were down to their final out but sophomore Cole Kriger sent a game-tying base hit through the left side. Wilmington loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but sophomore Patrick Hohlfeld recorded a strikeout to send the game into extras.
The Wildcats sat Jefferson down in order in the eighth and led off their half with a single. A sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch put the winning run at third base. Wilmington hit an RBI single to left center for the walk-off victory.
CACC PLAYOFF PICTURE
The Rams will be forced to scoreboard watch as they look to hang on to the final playoff spot in the South Division. Jefferson is looking to hold off USciences, who has four games remaining, two each versus Nyack and Felician. The Rams will make the postseason if the Devils lose at least two of those contests. Felician (first), Wilmington (Del.) (second) and Chestnut Hill (third) have secured their seeds in the conference tourney.