Royal Review: May 7-13

The women's tennis team, which fell to Williams in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, shattered a program record with 19 victories in the 2017-18 season.
The women's tennis team, which fell to Williams in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, shattered a program record with 19 victories in the 2017-18 season.

Women's Tennis (19-4)

A record-breaking season for The University of Scranton women's tennis team came to an end on Friday, May 11, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Royals posted just their second NCAA Tournament victory in program history in the first round on Thursday, defeating Gwynedd Mercy, 5-0, before falling to defending national champion Williams on Friday, 5-0.

The Royals shattered a program record for wins this spring, surpassing the previous mark of 14 wins set in 1992 by five victories. 

In Thursday's win over Gwynedd Mercy, Scranton swept doubles play before getting a pair of quick wins in singles matches to defeat the Griffins. Junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) led the Royals by winning a pair of matches including the clinching victory at #3 singles.

In doubles play, junior Elyse Smilnak (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and senior Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) gave the Royals their first point of the match by cruising to an 8-0 victory at #3 doubles while Jakubek and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) posted an 8-3 victory at #2 doubles.

Senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) gave Scranton a 3-0 advantage in singles play with an 8-4 victory at #1 doubles.

In singles action, freshman Lindsay Roberto (Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame) won in straight sets at the #6 flight to move the Royals closer to the victory before Jakubek closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win at #3 singles.

On Friday, the Royals saw their season end at the hands of a powerful Williams team that has yet to lose this spring and is ranked second in the country. The Ephs won all three doubles matches in straight sets and added a pair of straight-set victories in singles play to advance to the regional final.

Baseball (22-21)

The University of Scranton baseball team reached the final series of the Landmark Conference Championship at Volpe Field over the weekend before falling to eventual champion Catholic.

The Royals opened the playoffs with a 9-4 win over Elizabethtown on Friday, May 11. Senior lefty Brian Markowski (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out seven. Junior first baseman Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs, and senior second baseman Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) doubled twice, singled, scored three times and drove in a run.

On Saturday, the Royals advanced to the final with an 8-4 win over Catholic. Junior righty Bryan Carmon (Flemington, N.J./North Hunterdon) and sophomore lefty Kyle Bravin (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood) combined for 4 2/3 innings of relief, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) led the offense with two hits, three RBIs and a run.

On Sunday, Catholic came back to defeat Scranton twice, 21-7 and 10-7, to claim the title. Senior third baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) had a big day at the plate for the Royals, going a combined 5-for-10 with four RBIs and a run in the two games. Schneider added two hits and two runs in the second game, finishing the four playoff games a combined 9-for-16 (.563) with three doubles, six runs, three RBIs and a stolen base.

This concludes the 2017-18 year in University of Scranton athletics.

--ROYALS--