Royal Review: March 13-19

Royal Review: March 13-19

Softball (5-4)

The University of Scranton softball team finished off a slate of spring break games in Clermont, Fla. on Thursday, as the Royals went 4-1 overall on the week. Scranton knocked off Gordon (9-0 in five innings), Gallaudet (10-0 in five innings), RPI (4-2), and MCLA (15-1 in five innings), before falling in their final game of the trip to Dallas (9-7 in eight innings).

Against Gordon on Monday, junior pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) tossed a two-hit shutout in five innings of work, as the Royals opened a 7-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Overall, the Scranton lineup had 12 hits in the win, with each starter recording at least one.

After a day off, Scranton bested Gallaudet and RPI on Wednesday. In their first game of the day against Gallaudet, the Royals scored seven runs over the last two innings, as senior pitcher Emily Simon (Freehold, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) earned her first win of the season after tossing four innings of shutout softball.

In the RPI game, a three-run home run by senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning was the difference in the 4-2 victory. Rentzheimer earned another win in the circle for Scranton, tossing a complete game while scattering just five hits.

In their final day of games on Thursday, the Royals started by blowing out Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) by 14 runs. Rentzheimer earned her fourth win of the year, not allowing a hit for 4 1/3 innings. At the plate, freshman Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had a big game in the lead-off spot, going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

Against Dallas, Scranton had a comeback bid thwarted in extra innings, as Dallas broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the eighth with three runs. Stricker was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the defeat, while fellow senior Kaitlin O'Sullivan (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) was also 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

The University of Scranton softball team is slated to return to action on Wednesday at King's. The non-conference doubleheader is slated to begin at 3 p.m.

Baseball (8-5)

The University of Scranton baseball team wrapped up its spring break trip in Fort Myers, Fla. with three wins in the final five games of the trip. The Royals finished the seven-game trip with a 5-2 record.

On Monday, March 13, the Royals posted an 8-6 victory over MacMurray behind a triple, two singles, two runs and an RBI from junior outfielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford). Senior shortstop Patrick O'Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) added two hits, two RBIs and a run, and senior outfielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) singled, doubled and drove in two runs.

On Tuesday, the baseball team split a doubleheader against Washington College, winning 10-2 and falling 10-5. In the win in the opening game, freshman lefty Kyle Bravin (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood) tossed a complete-game three-hitter, allowing two unearned runs and two walks while striking out seven. Freshman first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) led the offense by going 4-for-4 with four RBIs, and O'Dell had three singles and three runs. In the second game loss, Simone went 2-for-4 with a home run.

The Royals wrapped up the trip on Wednesday by splitting a doubleheader against Old Westbury, winning 12-4 and losing 3-2. In the opening game victory, Simone had three doubles, a single, five runs scored and an RBI to pace the offense. Standen singled four times, drove in three and scored twice. Junior Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) added four hits, three RBIs and two runs, and freshman righty Casey Jacobson (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) picked up his first career victory with five solid innings.

In the second game loss, junior first baseman Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) had two hits for Scranton and senior outfielder Sean Haveron (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) singled, scored a run and drove in the other.

The Royals' next scheduled game is Saturday, March 25, when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. to take on Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse (2-2)

The men's lacrosse team had two more games postponed this week due to inclement weather. The game at Misericordia that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, has not yet been rescheduled. The Friday, March 17 game against SUNY Potsdam will be played on Tuesday, March 28, at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

So far this season, the Royals have played just two of their seven games when they were originally scheduled, with three being postponed.

The men's lacrosse team is scheduled to be back in action on Wednesday, March 22, when the Royals travel across town to face Marywood at 5 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse (4-1)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team split a pair of games last week in North Carolina, as the Royals knocked off Guilford on Tuesday, 15-6, then fell to Meredith on Friday night, 13-11.

Against Guilford, the Royals opened up an 11-2 lead at the half and never looked back in the nine-goal victory that pushed their record to a perfect 4-0 on the year.

Scranton was led in the Guilford win by junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), who at one point in the contest scored five unanswered goals for the Royals. In net, freshman Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) earned the start and win, making two saves on the night in over 33 minutes of action.

In the Meredith match, the Royals let an 11-9 lead in the second half get away, as Meredith scored the final four goals of the contest to take the match by two.

For Scranton in the loss, senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) and Windisch were the leaders on the Scranton offense again, with Kerr scoring four goals and Windisch adding three. Kerr, sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), and sophomore Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) all recorded two assists, apiece, in the defeat, as well.

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, taking on Marywood at Fitzpatrick Field. Things are slated to get underway at 4 p.m.

Men's Tennis (2-7)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team fell in three matches to conclude its spring break trip in Orlando, Fla. last week, dropping contests to Ohio Wesleyan (5-4), Lindenwood (9-0) and Springfield (7-2).

In the loss to Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday, March 14, junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) posted wins in both singles and doubles.

The Royals return to action on Saturday, April 1, hosting Elizabethtown in their Landmark Conference opener at home. Things get underway at 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis (2-6)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team concluded play in Orlando, Fla. on their spring break trip, falling to both William Smith (8-1) on Tuesday, then St. Norbert (6-3) on Thursday.

Freshman Natasha DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) had the Royals' lone win against William Smith and posted victories in single and doubles against St. Norbert.

Scranton will return to action early next month, hosting Elizabethtown on Saturday, April 1 at home in Landmark Conference action at 1 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, March 22
Softball – at King's, DH (3 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Marywood (4 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Marywood (5 p.m.)

Saturday, March 25
Baseball – at Susquehanna, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Susquehanna, DH (1 p.m.) 

Sunday, March 26
Baseball – at Susquehanna (12 p.m.)
Softball – at Juniata, DH (1 p.m.)


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