|Christine Capalbo||Gabby Santarelli|
|Jamie Shackles||Kelly Zaccheo|
|Kaitlyn Frazza||Samantha Boccolini|
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.