|Brian Healy||Anthony Simone|
|Tommy Trotter||Pat Rohr|
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The University of Scranton baseball team opened its 2016 season with a pair of nip-and-tuck games that resulted in losses, 7-6 and 11-6, against Dickinson on Saturday at Diamond Nation.
The Royals battled back in the opener, but left the tying run on second in the ninth inning. In the second game, the Royals led, 6-5, going into the eighth before the Red Devils scored six times in the final two innings.
In the opener, Scranton pulled within a run to start the ninth when senior outfielder Zach Dignam (Bridgewater, N.J./Immaculata) singled to start the inning and fellow senior outfielder Brian Healy (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) followed with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 7-6. Junior infielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) followed with a double, but advanced no further.
Healy finished the game with two hits, three RBIs and a run, Simone had three hits and two RBIs, Dignam singled twice, walked twice and scored twice, and sophomore outfielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) singled and doubled.
In the second game, the Royals scored four times in the first and once in the second to build a 5-4 lead, then added a run in the sixth to double their lead. But Dickinson scored five times in the eighth and once in the ninth to take control.
Sophomore first baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) singled twice, double and drove in two, and sophomore catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) singled three times and scored a run. Simone singled, doubled, stole a base and scored twice, sophomore infielder Seth Bower (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) singled twice and drove in two, and Trotter singled twice, scored a run and stole a base.
On the mound, freshman righty Pat Rohr (Audubon, Pa./Devon Prep) tossed 4 2/3 shutout innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one while walking five.
Scranton will be back in action on Saturday, March 5, when the Royals travel to Stevenson, Md. to take on Keystone at 2:30 p.m. as part of a three-game weekend at Stevenson University.