|Connor Harding||Kevin Haag|
BETHLEHEM, Pa - Sophomore Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) went 3-for-4 and recorded his 100th career hit on a double in the fifth inning, but it wasn't enough, as The University of Scranton baseball team dropped a 9-6 decision at Moravian in Landmark Conference action on Thursday afternoon.
With the defeat, the Royals dropped to 11-16 overall and 6-7 in the Landmark Conference, while Moravian improved to 15-15-1 overall and 8-5 in the Landmark.
To open the game, Scranton got off to a fast start, as junior Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y. /Ossining /Bridgton Academy (Maine)) blasted a two-run home run in the top of the first to give the Royals an early 2-0 lead. But, that lead was short lived for Scranton, as Moravian scored three times in the bottom of the frame to go up 3-2 after one.
In the third, an RBI single by senior Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) tied the game back up at 3-3, but once again Moravian grabbed the lead back with two runs in the bottom the third to go up, 5-3, on the Royals.
After both teams traded runs in the fourth inning to make it a 6-4 game in favor of Moravian, Haag hit another two-run homer after Harding recorded his 100th career hit, tying the game back up at 6-6 after four and a half. Unfortunately for Scranton, though, this would be the last time all day they would score a run, as Moravian scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up by three.
Over the final three innings, Scranton's best chance to get back in the game came in the eighth, as they loaded the bases with one out. But, Moravian forced a strikeout and a fly out to get out of the jam, extinguishing what turned out to be the final serious scoring threat of the game for the Royals.
Overall in the defeat, Harding and Haag accounted for five of Scranton's eight hits, as Harding went 3-for-4 and Haag finished 2-for-5. Harding scored three runs on the day, while Haag had four RBI on two home runs. The other RBI recorded by the Royals was notched by junior Travis Adams (Clark, N.J./St. Joseph's (Metuchen)).
On the mound, senior reliever Bryan Carmon (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) was credited with the loss after allowing three runs in four innings of action. Moravian reliever Tyler Caraway, meanwhile, allowed just one hit and no runs in four innings of relief work to earn the win for the Greyhounds (4-1).
The University of Scranton baseball team returns to action on Wednesday, as they host Muhlenberg in a non-conference matchup at Volpe Field. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.