|Kevin Haag||Connor Harding||Chris Wagner|
SCRANTON - Junior Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy (Maine)) went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, as The University of Scranton baseball team opened a 7-0 lead after two innings and rode solid pitching to an 8-3 victory over Elmira on Thursday at Volpe Field.
With the win, Scranton improved to 15-19 overall, while Elmira fell to 7-28 with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, the Royals struck first, as freshman DH Chris Wagner (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) had an RBI single that scored sophomore Matthew Pinto (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) to give Scranton a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, Elmira then made a critical error on a fly ball, as the Royals cashed in on the mistake to clear the bases and take a 4-0 lead after one.
Then, in the second, Scranton added three more runs to take a 7-0 lead after two on Elmira. In the frame, Haag had a two-RBI double, while Wagner also had an RBI double of his own.
With a seven-run lead in tow after two innings, the Scranton pitching staff had all the run support they needed the rest of the game, as four Royals pitchers allowed just five hits and struck out seven total batters.
Earning the win on the mound for the Royals was sophomore Alex DeRosa (Hillsdale, N.J./Pascack Valley), who tossed four innings of relief, allowing just two runs on one hit, while striking out two batters.
Overall in the win, Haag had a big night, finishing with three hits, a double and two RBI, while scoring twice. Elsewhere, sophomore Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) finished 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored, while Wagner rounded out the multiple-hit performers for Scranton going a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
The University of Scranton baseball team now sets its sights on a huge Landmark Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Moravian that begins at 12:30 p.m. The pair of games, along with two games between Drew and Elizabethtown, will determine the Royals' fate for the upcoming Landmark postseason championships.
Fans are reminded to follow Scranton athletics on Twitter @RoyalAthletics for updates on the baseball DH at Moravian throughout the day on Saturday.