Baseball Loses Pair Of Shootouts At Catholic

Junior Brad Schneider homered in the first game on Saturday at Catholic.
Junior Brad Schneider homered in the first game on Saturday at Catholic.
Chase Standen Kevin Haag Brad Schneider

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Scranton baseball team could not slow the Catholic University offense in a Landmark Conference doubleheader on Saturday, losing 11-10 and 19-8.

The Royals (9-13, 1-7 Landmark) rallied from a 10-1 deficit in the opener to tie the game at 10 in the seventh, but the Cardinals (19-6, 7-3 Landmark) walked off on a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning. In the second game, the Royals held a 5-4 lead in the fourth, but the Cardinals scored 13 times in the bottom half of the inning.

Game one – box score

Scranton scored once in the fifth, six times in the sixth and twice in the seventh to turn a 10-1 deficit into a tie game. Freshman first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton) had a two-run homer in the sixth and junior second baseman Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had a solo homer in the fifth. The Royals tied it in the seventh on a two-out balk.

Haag finished with a double, homer, two RBIs and two runs, junior third baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) singled, doubled and had an RBI, junior right fielder Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) singled, doubled and scored twice, and junior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) had two hits, two RBIs and a run. Junior designated hitter Seth Bower (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) also doubled, drove in two and scored a run.

Game two – box score

Standen finished game two with a single, double, two RBIs and a run, and senior shortstop Patrick O'Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) singled, tripled, drove in a run and scored a run.

Junior right fielder Ryan Coonahan (Oreland, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) singled, drove in two and scored a run, and senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) singled, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a run.

The Royals and Cardinals will complete the series with a single game on Sunday at noon.