In a game that had just about everything you could imagine in a baseball game, The University of Scranton came out on the wrong end of a slugfest with Marywood, falling 19-18, on Monday at Volpe Field.
The Royals (8-9) overcame deficits of 5-0, 6-2 and 11-8 to take an 18-16 lead into the top of the ninth. But the Pacers (10-7) rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth, then held the Royals scoreless for just the second time all night to close it out in the bottom of the ninth.
The game featured 37 runs, 42 hits, 15 walks and four errors in the box score. It also included an ejection after a runner was called out for missing a base, the first home run over the "Purple Monster" in center field in Volpe Field history, and snow flurries over the final three innings.
Scranton finished the night with 19 hits and seven stolen bases. Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) led the offense with three hits, four runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases. His three hits on Monday gave him 185 for his career, 15 shy of becoming the second player in school history to reach 200 career hits.
Sophomore first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) singled twice, tripled, drove in four runs and scored one. Sophomore shortstop Travis Adams (Clark, N.J./St. Joseph's-Metuchen) had three hits, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday when they host DeSales at 5 p.m.