Timely Hitting, Defense Lead Baseball Past DeSales, 10-7

Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter doubled twice and scored three times on Wednesday against DeSales.
Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter doubled twice and scored three times on Wednesday against DeSales.

Box score

The University of Scranton baseball team scored in six of the eight innings it came to bat and turned four double plays in the field en route to a 10-7 win over DeSales on Wednesday night at Volpe Field.

The Royals (9-9) held off DeSales after taking a 5-1 lead after four innings. The Bulldogs eventually pulled within 7-6 after scoring three times in the top of the seventh, but the Royals scored once in the seventh and twice in the eighth to negate a DeSales run in the eighth.

Sophomore first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) led the offense with two singles, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) doubled twice and scored three times.

Freshman third baseman Jarod Herman (Bethlehem, Pa./Notre Dame-Easton) singled twice, doubled, drove in two and scored a run. Sophomore left fielder Brandon Peters (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) added a two-run double, and senior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and senior designated hitter Seth Bower (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) had RBIs.

Senior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) started three of the four double plays while Herman started the other. Senior second baseman Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) turned two of them while sophomore second baseman Tim Gailor (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) turned the other two.

Freshman righty Colin Sommers (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) earned his first collegiate win with five solid innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one. Freshman Zack Papillo (Germantown, Md./Good Counsel) worked out of a jam in the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for two shutout innings and his second save of the season. He struck out four.

The Royals return to action when they host Catholic in a Landmark Conference series at Volpe Field. Saturday's doubleheader starts at 12:30 p.m. with Sunday's single game slated for noon.