Royal Review: April 2-8

Senior lefty Michael Haag delivers the first pitch at Volpe Family Field at the Quinn Athletics Campus on Thursday afternoon against Wilkes.
Senior lefty Michael Haag delivers the first pitch at Volpe Family Field at the Quinn Athletics Campus on Thursday afternoon against Wilkes.

Baseball (8-8, 2-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team played the first game in University history at the Quinn Athletics Campus, hosting Wilkes on Thursday, April 5. The Royals pulled out the win, 9-8, but scoring in the bottom of the ninth.

Senior right fielder Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) tripled twice, drove in a run, stole a base and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.J./Vestal Central) finished 2-for-4 with two walks, two RBIs, a run and three stolen bases. He had the first-ever hit at Volpe Family Field when he singled to lead off the top of the first.

The Royals hosted St. John Fisher in a doubleheader on Saturday at Volpe Field. The Cardinals came away with the sweep, winning 2-1 and 7-1. In the open, Scranton sophomore Bobby Hegarty (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out two. He did not allow a base runner until the sixth inning.

In the second game, sophomore first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) singled, doubled and scored a run.

Prior to the start of Saturday's doubleheader, the University dedicated the walkway to Volpe Field as Dave Ocorr Way, honoring former baseball coach and director of athletics Dave Ocorr for his contributions to the University.

Softball (14-2, 2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team continued its strong start by sweeping doubleheaders from Hunter, Cazenovia, and Juniata.  The Royals, who are off to their best start since 2012, have won 12 straight games.

The Royals topped Hunter by scores of 9-1 and 8-1 on Friday on the road before opening Magis Field at the Quinn Athletics Campus with 9-3 and 7-0 victories over Cazenovia on Saturday.  Scranton then opened Landmark Conference play by defeating Juniata 10-2 and 4-1.

Senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) became the program's all-time leader in wins by a pitcher with her victory over Cazenovia on Saturday in the first game ever at Magis Field, breaking Sue Moore's mark of 38 which had stood since 1984.

Freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) also won three games in the circle and hit two home runs in Sunday's doubleheader against Juniata while freshman Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) led the Royals with 13 hits, seven RBI, and seven runs scored.

Scranton will look to keep its win streak intact on Tuesday when it visits Susquehanna for a pair of games starting at 3:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse (8-4, 2-1 Landmark)

The men's lacrosse team posted a win in its only game of the week, defeating Moravian, 17-5, in a Landmark Conference game on Saturday, April 7, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led the attack with six goals, giving him 39 for the season, five shy of matching the program's single-season record. Junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) finished with a career-high five goals and added an assist for six points, also a career high.

The Royals' game against Misericordia on Wednesday, April 4, was postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been scheduled.

The men's lacrosse team will return to action on Saturday, April 14, when the Royals travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to face Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference game at 2 p.m

Women's Lacrosse (6-5, 2-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse split a pair of games last week, dropping a hard-fought, 13-11 decision to 23rd-ranked Rowan on Tuesday before rebounding for an 18-9 victory at Moravian on Saturday. 

On Tuesday night, Scranton rallied from a 7-2 deficit to pull into a tie with Rowan at Fitzpatrick Field, but the Profs would reclaim the lead and hold the Royals off to claim the two-goal victory.

Freshman Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) paced Scranton with four goals, sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) netted three goals, and junior Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) added three points on a goal and two assists in the loss to Rowan. Sophomore Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made a career-high 17 saves against the Profs.

Scranton rebounded for an 18-9 win over Moravian on Saturday in Landmark Conference action, breaking open a tight contest late in the first half.  Junior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) scored a career-high six goals while junior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) recorded five points, including the 100th of her career, to lead the Royals past the Greyhounds

Putnam added 11 more saves in the win against Moravian.

Scranton will visit Oneonta on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt starting at 4:00 p.m.

Women's Tennis (11-3, 2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team opened Landmark Conference play with a pair of 9-0 victories, defeating Goucher on Saturday and Catholic on Sunday.

Senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) won all four matches she played in and became the Royals' all-time leader in doubles' victories with 47 after teaming up with sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) for an 8-6 win at #1 doubles against the Cardinals on Sunday.

DeNunzio, junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep), and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) also won four matches apiece for the Royals.

Scranton will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Moravian on the Royals Courts at 1:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis (6-3, 1-1)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team split its first two Landmark Conference matches of the spring over the weekend, falling to Goucher 5-4 on Saturday before bouncing back for an 8-1 victory over Catholic on Sunday.

Freshman Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), junior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), and junior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) were all three match winners for the Royals over the weekend as all won twice against the Cardinals on Sunday as well.

Scranton narrowly missed out on topping Goucher, the preseason favorite in the Landmark Conference on Saturday as the Royals swept doubles play before the Gophers rallied to win five of the six singles matches to claim the narrow victory.

Scranton will welcome Moravian to the Royals Courts on Saturday for a Landmark Conference match starting at 1:00 p.m.

Women's Track & Field

Sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) picked up where she left off in the indoor season by leading the Royals at their first event of the outdoor season on Saturday at the Muhlenberg Invitational.

Banas won the high jump with a height of 1.67 meters. She was the only competitor to clear 1.62 meters as she rolled to the win after earning All-American honors in the high jump during the indoor season. Banas also added a sixth-place finish in the long jump, giving her two of the team's seven individual top-10 finshes.

The women's track & field team continues its outdoor season on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, at the Coach P Invitational at Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa.

Men's Track & Field

Senior Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and junior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) both had third-place finishes to lead The University of Scranton men's track & field team at the team's first event of the outdoor season, the Muhlenberg Invitational.

Robbins finished third in the long jump with a leap of 6.15 meters (20 feet, 2.25 inches). He narrowly missed out on second place by just a quarter-inch.

Merli was third in the triple jump with a distance of 12.61 meters (41 feet, 4.5 inches). He was less than two feet of the winning distance of 13.16 meters (43 feet, 2.25 inches) by Misericordia's Olutobi Olugbenga.

The men's track & field team is back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, at the Coach P Invitational at Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa.

Men's Golf (6-1)

Freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) shot a 5-over-par 77 to lead The University of Scranton men's golf team to a 321-352 win over Wilkes at Huntsville Golf Club in the team's first event of the spring.

McAuliffe has now posted five straight rounds in the 70s after opening his career with an 82 in his first collegiate event.

The Royals will be back in action on Tuesday, April 10, when they host Marywood at 1 p.m at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

 Monday, April 9
Baseball – vs. Marywood (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 10
Men's golf – vs. Marywood, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Susquehanna, DH (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 11
Women's lacrosse – at Oneonta (4 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Lebanon Valley (5 p.m.)

Thursday, April 12
Women's golf – vs. Marywood, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Misericordia, DH (3 p.m.)

Friday, April 13
Women's golf – at Keystone, Stone Hedge G.C. (1 p.m)
Men's track & field – at Coach P Invitational, Moravian (3 p.m.)
Women's track & field – at Coach P Invitational, Moravian (3 p.m)

Saturday, April 14
Men's track & field – at Coach P Invitational, Moravian (10 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at Coach P Invitational, Moravian (10 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Catholic, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Moravian (1 p.m)
Women's tennis – vs. Moravian (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Catholic, DH (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Elizabethtown (2 p.m)

Sunday, April 15
Baseball – vs Catholic (12 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – at Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)

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