Senior Spotlight: 2020 Baseball

The University of Scranton baseball team featured six seniors that captured 60 victories in the last three plus seasons and made two Landmark Conference Playoff appearances. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The University of Scranton baseball team featured six seniors that captured 60 victories in the last three plus seasons and made two Landmark Conference Playoff appearances. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

SCRANTON - With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation of our spring seasons, The University of Scranton department of athletics would like to thank each senior class for their dedication to their sport this year, and the last four years with a virtual senior day.

BASEBALL

The six senior members of the Scranton baseball team led the Royals to two Landmark Conference playoff appearances including an appearance in the conference championship game in 2018. The Royals have captured 60 victories over the last three plus seasons including 25 victories in Landmark Conference games. 


Kyle Bravin (Washington Twp., N.J./Westwood Regional) - Left-Handed Pitcher

Major - Journalism & Electronic Media

Honors/Awards - University of Scranton Athlete of the Week (3/20/17) ... Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020)

Athletic Highlights - Appeared in 32 games and made 16 starts for the Royals, recording two wins and two saves in his career ... Earned the save with two shutout innings of relief in the 2018 Landmark Conference semifinals versus Catholic ... Did not allow an earned run over a complete game seven-inning effort in his first collegiate start, a 10-2 victory over Washington College on 3/14/17

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "My favorite athletic memory was closing out the Landmark Conference semifinals against Catholic my sophomore year." Bravin struck out two over two scoreless innings in an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals. 

Favorite Memory of The University of Scranton - "My favorite memory off the field was going on our Florida trip every year during spring break and getting to hang out with my teammates between games."


Matt Fisch (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) - Catcher

Major - Accounting

Athletic Highlights - Appeared in 47 games over the last two plus seasons for the Royals ... Tallied 17 hits (three doubles), 15 RBI and 16 runs ... Compiled a .984 fielding percentage in his career on 188 total chances ... Transferred to Scranton after playing his freshman season at Keystone

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Hitting a go-ahead single my junior year at Catholic." Fisch broke a 6-6 tie with two outs in the top of the ninth with his go-ahead single and the Royals held on to take two out of three from the Cardinals. 

Favorite Memory of The University of Scranton - "Having the opportunity to get to know all of my teammates throughout my last three years." 


Sam Flannery (Hop Bottom, Pa./Mountain View) - Right-Handed Pitcher 

Major - Criminal Justice  

Athletic Highlights - Pitched in 15 games over the last two seasons for Scranton (22 2/3 IP, 10 K, 4.76 ERA) ... Earned the win over Brockport in a 6-1 victory on March 8 ... Played two seasons at Keystone before transferring to Scranton

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Considering I have only been at Scranton for the past two years, it's tough to think of a memory for that short period of time. I would have to say this year against Albright, I came in with a 2-1 lead and runners on first and second with nobody out. I got a double play and a strikeout to end the inning, this was my favorite memory because of the energy of the team. This team had a lot of chemistry and everyone loved each other. Everyone had passion, but also had fun playing baseball." 

Favorite Memory of The University of Scranton - "Just hanging out and having a good time with the friends I have made over the last two years. Being a Royal has given me so many opportunities on and off the field as well as lifelong friends. There's not much more you can ask for." 


Tim Gailor (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) - Infielder

Major - Accounting

Honors/Awards - Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020)

Athletic Highlights - Has appeared in 70 games over the last three plus seasons for the Royals ... Compiled a .987 fielding percentage with 159 total chances and committed just two errors ... Tallied 23 hits, 10 RBI, 26 runs scored and five stolen bases 

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "My favorite athletics memory was sweeping Moravian sophomore year to clinch a spot in the 2018 Landmark Conference Tournament."

Favorite University of Scranton Memory - "My favorite memory at school was hanging out with the teammates that I lived with."


Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy (Maine)) - First Base man 

Major - Marketing

Honors/Awards - All-Landmark Conference Second Team (2017) ... Three-time Landmark Conference Player of the Week (5/8/17, 5/6/19, 3/23/20) ... Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020)

Athletic Highlights - Hit .334 with 15 home runs, 110 RBI and 40 doubles in 118 career games ... Set a single-season program record with 17 doubles as a junior in 2019 ... Hit .349 with seven home runs and 41 RBI during his junior season; the 41 RBI marked the fifth most in a single season in program history ... Homered in four straight games from 4/17-4/25/19 ... Recorded a .985 fielding percentage on 787 total chances  

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "Sophomore year, we trailed 8-1 in the seventh inning against Moravian and came back to win 11-10 in 11 innings to sweep the series." Haag hit a three-run homer as a part of the comeback. 

Favorite University of Scranton Memory - "My favorite memory outside of baseball was living off campus with my friends as a junior and senior. During football season, we would wake up every Sunday, order food and watch football all day." 


Brandon Peters (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) - Utility/Right-Handed Pitcher

Major - Biology

Honors/Awards - Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020)

Athletic Highlights - Hit .233 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 78 games over two plus seasons for the Royals; added 13 doubles, 33 runs scored and seven stolen bases ... Hit a grand slam against William Paterson as a sophomore in 2018 ... Homered against Susquehanna in the 2019 Landmark Conference Tournament ... Transferred to Scranton after playing his freshman season at Lock Haven University 

Favorite Scranton Athletics Memory - "My favorite athletic memory at Scranton was getting the chance to host the Landmark Conference Tournament on our home field two years in a row."

Favorite University of Scranton Memory - "My favorite memories outside of baseball have been Alumni Weekends where all of the players who graduated would come back and hang out with the current players." 


From Head Coach Mike Bartoletti:
"The senior class of 2020 will leave a mark on the baseball program for years to come. This class made contributions that can't be measured on the field, but by the type of student-athletes they were off the field and the leadership they showed."

Fans are reminded to continue to follow University of Scranton Athletics on social media on both Instagram and Twitter @RoyalAthletics.

--ROYALS--

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