|Ian McIntosh||Matthew Pinto||Chris Wagner|
SCRANTON - Senior Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) finished the game going 5-for-7 with six RBI and four runs scored, as The University of Scranton baseball team scored early and often in a dominating 29-11 win over Marywood on Tuesday evening at Volpe Field.
With the win, Scranton improved to 7-7 overall and are now winners of four straight games overall. Marywood fell to 3-11 in the loss.
In the victory, the Royals jumped out to an 8-2 lead after the first inning, but Marywood clawed their way back into the contest, scoring eight runs over three innings to tie the game up at 10-10 entering the bottom of the fifth inning.
But, in that frame, Scranton took the lead back with a run, then scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an insurmountable 19-10 lead on the Pacers after six innings. The Royals then scored five runs, apiece, in the seventh and eighth innings to hit 29 for the game on 24 hits, both of which were program records for the Royals since the opening of Volpe Field last season.
The 29 runs scored by the Royals were also the third highest ever in a game in program history for Scranton, only falling short of the record by three runs, which was set in a 32-7 win over Baptist Bible in 2012. Meanwhile, the 29 run output was the second highest allowed by the Pacers in program history, coming just one run away from matching a record.
In all, the Royals smashed eight doubles in the victory and a triple, as Royal batters combined to record 25 RBI in the victory as a team.
Individually in the win, McIntosh was dominant, as his five-hit performance is tied for the second most in a game in program history. His six-RBI evening is tied for the sixth-best game in program history, while his seven at-bats in a game are tied for fifth all-time.
McIntosh also had three doubles in the win, which ties a program record in that category, as McIntosh is the first Royal to hit three doubles in a game since Anthony Simone accomplished the feat in 2017.
Elsewhere, sophomore Matthew Pinto (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) was 4-for-5 with two RBI and three RBI, while freshman Chris Wagner (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Freshman Mason Boettger (Old Forge, Pa./Old Forge) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while sophomore Jarod Herman (Bethlehem, Pa./Notre Dame Green Pond) rounded out the top performers for the Royals going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
On the bump in the game, senior Matt McDonald (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) earned the win, tossing an inning and two-thirds of relief allowing just one unearned run on one hit.
The University of Scranton baseball team returns to action on Saturday, as they travel to Catholic for a key Landmark Conference doubleheader. First pitch is 1 p.m.