Elizabethtown Rallies To Sweep Baseball On Tuesday

Senior catcher Kevin Nolan had four hits in Tuesday's doubleheader at Elizabethtown.
Senior catcher Kevin Nolan had four hits in Tuesday's doubleheader at Elizabethtown.


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The University of Scranton baseball team was playing its final two games of a five-game, four-day stretch, and the tough schedule caught up to the Royals as they dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Elizabethtown on Tuesday, 10-3 and 7-6.

Scranton (14-15, 6-6 Landmark) is now in a tie for fourth place in the conference with Susquehanna, two games behind third-place Elizabethtown (14-15, 7-5) and a game ahead of sixth-place Drew (15-14, 7-5). The Royals have six conference games remaining, including three against Susquehanna on May 5-6 at Volpe Field.

Game 1 – Elizabethtown 10, Scranton 3 – box score

The Blue Jays took control with an eight-run third inning, breaking open what was a 1-1 game heading into the inning.

Senior designated hitter Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Royals. Senior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) singled and drove in two, and senior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) had a double.

Freshman righty Matthew Yard (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) gave Scranton 3 1/3 innings of strong relief, allowing a run on three hits.

Game 2 – Elizabethtown 7, Scranton 6 – box score

The Blue Jays scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Royals, who had taken a 6-4 lead on the strength of a three-run fifth and an insurance run in the seventh.

Scranton trailed 3-2 after four innings, but used that three-run fifth to pull ahead. Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had an RBI double and Nolan and freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) followed with RBI singles.

The Royals added a run in the seventh when Howell scored on an errant pickoff throw.

Nolan finished with three hits, including a double, with two runs and an RBI. Senior third baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) doubled, singled twice and scored a run, and Harding had three hits and two RBIs.

Sophomore left-hander Kyle Bravin (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood) started and went six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Sophomore righty Bobby Hegarty (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) worked two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit and striking out two.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday when they host Misericordia at 5 p.m. at Volpe Field.