Capalbo Hurls 4-Hit Shutout As Royals Take 1st Game of a Landmark Conference Series Against Catholic University Saturday Morning

Capalbo Hurls 4-Hit Shutout As Royals Take 1st Game of a Landmark Conference Series Against Catholic University Saturday Morning
Freshman Gabby Santarelli threw out a pinch-runner at the plate to end the game and preserve Scranton's 1-0 victory over Catholic University in the first game of a Landmark doubleheader Saturday morning in Washington, DC
Christine Capalbo Gabby Santarelli
Jamie Shackles Kelly Zaccheo
Kaitlyn Frazza Samantha Boccolini

Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)

WASHINGTON, DC—Senior pitcher Christine Capalbo (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) rebounded from her first and only loss of the season by hurling a four-hitter to lead The University of Scranton to a 1-0 victory in the first game of a Landmark Conference series against Catholic University Saturday morning.

Capalbo struck out two and allowed only one walk in out-dueling Cardinal sophomore pitcher Kerri Apicella (Oyster Bay, NY/Oyster Bay), who took the loss despite allowing only three hits and striking out six.

The game’s only run came in the sixth inning when senior Kelly Zaccheo (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Kaitlyn Frazza (West Caldwell, NJ/West Caldwell), and scored on a single to center field by junior Jamie Shackles (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower).

Capalbo, who improved to 12-1 on the season and lowered her ERA to 1.75, gave up two hits in the seventh inning, but Royal freshman outfielder Gabby Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) threw out sophomore pinch-runner Danielle Nichols (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken) at the plate to end the game after Cardinal senior Sam Daubman (Plainedge, NY/Plainedge) delivered a two-out single.

In the nightcap, Catholic erased an early 3-2 deficit and exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 10-3 victory.

Freshman catcher Rose Shaver (Waldorf, Md./Bishop McNamara) paced Catholic’s 9-hit attack with two hits and four RBI and junior Mel Galella (Edison, NJ/Bishop George Ahr) finished with two hits and two RBI.  Catholic, now 18-12 overall and 5-3 in the Landmark Conference, also received a two-run home run by junior Taylor Stockinger (Olney, Md./Sherwood) in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.

Santarelli finished with two of Scranton’s five hits, including a double, and senior Ashley Vosilla (Dix Hills, NY/Half Hollow Hills West) and losing pitcher Samantha Boccolini (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Hills) each doubled.

With a win in the first game today, the Royals locked up a Landmark Conference tournament berth for the third straight season and for the fourth time in the league’s five-year history.

After today’s games, first-year head coach Mia Collarini announced that tomorrow’s non-conference doubleheader against backyard neighbor Marywood University at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex in Jessup has been postponed due to the inclement weather predicted for much of Northeastern Pennsylvania Sunday.


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