Royal Review: April 24-30

Senior Patrick O'Dell and the baseball team had a solid week, taking a Landmark Conference series at Moravian over the weekend.
Senior Patrick O'Dell and the baseball team had a solid week, taking a Landmark Conference series at Moravian over the weekend.

Baseball (15-19, 3-12 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 3-2 during the week, getting strong pitching all week long while winning a Landmark Conference series for the first time this season.

The Royals opened the week with a 3-1 loss at Misericordia on Monday, April 24. Junior Seth Bower (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) had an RBI single in the loss. Scranton received solid pitching from freshman starter Kyle Bravin (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood), who allowed three runs in six innings. Sophomore righty Pat Rohr (Audubon, Pa./Devon Prep) followed with two shutout innings of relief, striking out two without allowing a hit.

On Wednesday, the Royals rolled past Penn State-Abington, 15-4, at Connell Park. Sophomore infielder Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) blasted a grand slam and junior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) had two hits, an RBI and a run, and threw out three runners attempting to steal and picked off two others.

On Saturday, the Royals split a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Moravian, winning the opener, 4-0, before dropping the second game, 2-1, in eight innings. Freshman Bobby Hegarty (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) fired a four-hit shutout in the opener, striking out two without a walk. Junior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) finished with two hits, an RBI and a run in the win. In the second game, freshman lefty Kyle Bravin (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood) worked seven strong innings, allowing a run on seven hits and three strikeouts without a walk.

On Sunday, the Royals took the series with an 8-2 win at Moravian. Senior righty Sean McNamara (Scarsdale, N.Y./Fordham Prep) earned his sixth win of the season with six solid innings, and junior righty Anthony Caladie (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) tossed three shutout innings for his first save. Junior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) had a big game at the plate, finishing with a single, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. His RBI single in the second gave Scranton a 2-0 lead. Howell also capped a strong weekend with his third straight strong game in the field.

The baseball team returns to action on Monday, May 1, with a non-conference game at Marywood at 4 p.m.

Men's Golf (12-4)

The men's golf team completed its season with the final round of the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational on Monday, April 24, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. The Royals had two teams in the event, which finished sixth and seventh.

Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) and junior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) both finished the two-day event at 8-over-par 150 to finish in a tie for 14th individually.

Men's Lacrosse (8-6, 3-3 Landmark)

The men's lacrosse team completed its regular season with a 13-3 win over Washington & Jefferson on Senior Day at Fitzpatrick Field on Saturday, April 29.

Junior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) led the offense with three goals and an assist. Junior attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) had three goals and freshman attackman Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) added two. Sophomore attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) also had a big game with a goal and three assists.

Prior to faceoff, the University honored seniors Sean Ebert (Woolwich Township, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep), Jake Haimson (Montville, N.J./Montville), Mattias Jones (Exton, Pa./Malvern Prep), William Joyce (Bethesda, Md./St. John's), Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), Patrick Sawyer (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy), John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and Brian Smith (Montville, N.J./Montville Township).

The Royals will enter this week's Landmark Conference playoffs as the no. 4 seed and will visit top-seeded Elizabethtown for a semifinal game on Wednesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in Elizabethtown, Pa.

Women's Lacrosse (10-5, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team jumped out-of-conference this past week, splitting a pair of games at Cabrini (L, 20-14) on Tuesday and at home against Stockton (W, 11-10) on Saturday in the team's regular season finale.

Against Cabrini, the host Cavaliers opened an 11-8 lead on the Royals and never looked back, taking a seven-goal lead (17-10) early in the second half, which was a deficit Scranton could not come back from.

Senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) had a big game, pouring in five goals, which was her second-highest total of the year. Junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) added three goals in the defeat, while sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) scored twice.

Against Stockton on Senior Day, a goal by freshman Erin Ahern (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) with six minutes left was the game-winner, as the Royals defense didn't allow Stockton to take a shot over the final moments of the match.

Angelo was the leading scorer on the day, recording a hat trick for the second straight game. Rogers had two goals and three assists, while Kerr finished with two goals on the day.

On defense, junior Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyrertown) and freshman Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) had four groundballs apiece, while freshman Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) and senior Marne Rossetti (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) split the day in net, each making five saves.

Scranton will now set its sights on the Landmark Conference playoffs, which begin on Wednesday. The Royals, who are the number two seed, host third-seed Elizabethtown in a semifinal contest on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Softball (20-15, 4-8 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton softball team finished its 2017 season this past week, going 4-2 in six games.

First on Monday against Misericordia, the Royals swept a doubleheader, winning game one, 5-4, while rolling to an 8-0 win in game two in six innings. In the opener, the Royals rallied back from an early 3-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up for good at 5-4. In the frame, senior Kaitlin O'Sullivan (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) had what turned out to be a game-winning two-RBI single with two outs.

From there, junior pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) kept Misericordia at bay the rest of the game to earn the victory, as the Cougars only recorded one hit over the final two innings. In game one, O'Sullivan was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI, while senior Christine Kiefer (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) was also perfect, going 2-for-2 while smacking the seventh home run of her career in the victory.

In the second game, Scranton got up early and never looked back, plating four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game. Senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) smashed a three-run home run, then O'Sullivan and fellow senior Jenna Snyder (Thornville, N.Y./Westlake) bashed a pair of two-RBI extra-base hits to end the game in the sixth inning. In the pitching circle, senior Emily Simon (Freehold, N.J./Red bank Catholic) was terrific, allowing just four hits in a shutout victory to move to 4-4 on the year.

On Friday at Muhlenberg, Scranton split a pair of games, dropping game one, 3-0, before taking game two, 4-2. In the second game, Scranton took a 4-0 lead on Muhlenberg in the top of the sixth inning, as freshman Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) had a two-RBI single with two outs to put Scranton up four. In the bottom of the sixth, Muhlenberg plated a pair of runs, but that was all the Mules scored, as Simon earned her fifth win of the season by retiring three straight Muhlenberg batters in the seventh after allowing a leadoff single.

It was Senior Day for the Royals on Saturday against Moravian, and after falling 9-0 in game one in five innings, Scranton came back and upset the seventh-ranked Greyhounds in game two, 3-2. The win over Moravian was Scranton's first since 2012.

Down 2-1 early in the contest, an RBI single by Stricker in the third tied the game up at 2-2. Things stayed that way into the bottom of the sixth, where with runners on first and second and two outs, Price roped a ball into center field. The ball was misplayed by Moravian's center fielder, and freshman Natalie Dominguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) scored on the error, giving the Royals the lead at 3-2.

In the seventh, Rentzheimer allowed just a walk with two outs, clinching the win with a lineout. With the victory, Rentzheimer finished the year with a 13-6 record, as she did not allow a run over the final five innings of the contest to secure the upset win for Scranton.

Women's Tennis (7-8, 4-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team dropped its lone match of last week, falling to Moravian, 5-4, in Landmark Conference play on the road on Thursday.

In doubles play, Scranton fell behind Moravian 2-1, as the Royals collected their lone win in the number three position where junior Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and sophomore Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) pulled out an 8-6 victory.

Down by one entering singles, Moravian won at number one to go up 3-1, but Scranton cut the deficit back down to one with a win at number five by freshman Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area), who was a straight set 6-1, 6-0 winner.

Moravian, however, grabbed another point with a win at number three to go up 4-2. Senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) kept Scranton alive with a win at number two singles (7-5, 6-2), but the host Greyhounds clinched the win with a victory at number six in three sets.

In the final match of the afternoon, Scranton ended on a high note, as Smilnak gutted out a tough three-set victory at number five singles (3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).

Despite dropping the match, Scranton qualified for the Landmark Conference playoffs, which will begin on Wednesday. The Royals, who earned the number four seed, will hit the road for a semifinal match, traveling to Drew. Things get underway at 4 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, May 1
Baseball – at Marywood (4 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 2
Baseball – at Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Goucher, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.) 

Wednesday, May 3
Men's lacrosse – at Elizabethtown, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Elizabethtown, Landmark Conference semifinal
Women's tennis – at Drew, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.)

Saturday, May 6

Baseball – vs. Juniata, Senior Day, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women's lacrosse – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Men's tennis – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women's tennis – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)

Sunday, May 7
Baseball – vs. Juniata (12 p.m.) 

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