Royal Review (April 29-May 5, No. 34 in weekly series)

Royal Review
April 29-May 5
No. 34 in weekly series

Baseball (23-19)
The Royals pulled out two dramatic one-run wins over top-seeded Catholic University to advance to the championship bracket of the Landmark Conference tournament at Talbot Field in Washington, DC, this past weekend.  Scranton has now advanced to the championship bracket for the third time in the conference’s six-year history.

On Saturday, senior pitcher Robert Della Polla (Havertown, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) struck out 11 batters and scattered six hits in picking up a complete-game 5-4 victory over the Cardinals to open the double-elimination tournament.  Catholic scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and had the bases-loaded with two outs before Della Polla induced a ground out to second base to end the game.

Sophomore Ross Danzig (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Height/Blair Academy-NJ) and senior Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) paced the Royals’ six-hit attack with two hits apiece and junior Mike Gaeta (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) drove in three runs and scored twice.

In a winner’s bracket game Sunday, Scranton committed a season-high seven errors in dropping an 8-1 decision to Moravian College.  Despite the loss, senior Corey Gorman (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) pitched a solid game, allowing only one earned run while scattering eight hits.  Danzig had two of the Royals’ seven hits and sophomore Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) belted a double.

In a rematch of game 1, LeCompte ignited a three-run rally with two outs in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run home run, then drove in the game-winning run with a double in the 11th inning to lift the Royals to a heart-stopping 6-5 victory.

Catholic overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring five times in the bottom of the eighth inning before Gaeta started the game-tying rally by getting reaching first-base after being hit by a pitch.  After LeCompte’s two-run home run, freshman Kyle Hamer (Germantown, Md./St. John’s College High School) singled and pinch-runner Nick Papillo (Germantown, Md./St. John’s College High School) came around to score on a double by senior Michael Amaturo (Rye, NY/Rye).  In the 11th inning, Danzig singled and scored the game-winning run on LeCompte’s double.

Also, on Tuesday, April 30, the Royals dropped a non-conference game against Wilkes University, 9-4, at PNC Field in Moosic, the home of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Sophomore second baseman Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) had two singles, a double and scored a run, Gaeta had two hits, two RBI, and scored a run.

Men’s lacrosse (8-7)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team lost to Susquehanna University, 7-4, in a Landmark Conference semifinal playoff game on Wednesday, May 1, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Spring, Pa./Downingtown East) led Scranton with two goals and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and junior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) added one apiece. The Royals also received an assist apiece from senior defender Tim Cleary (Shrewbury, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery).

Scranton’s season comes to an end after the team made its third straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance and fifth in the conference’s six-year history.

Women’s lacrosse (9-6)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team lost to Catholic University, 19-12, in a Landmark Conference semifinal playoff game on Wednesday, May 1, in Washington, D.C.

Seniors Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) led Scranton with four goal apiece, sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) finished with two goals, and freshman attacker Erin Allen (Syosset, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) had a goal and an assist.

The Royals’ season comes to an end after making their third straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance and fourth in the past five years.

Softball (13-18)
The University of Scranton softball team completed its season on Tuesday, April 30, when it dropped a doubleheader to Muhlenberg, 8-4 and 10-7, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.

Junior outfielder Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) homered in both games to finish the season with eight round-trippers. She finished the day 5-for-8 with two doubles, two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomore center fielder Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) had two hits and a run scored in the opener, and senior infielder Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) had an RBI in each game.

Women’s tennis (9-7)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Landmark Conference championship on Saturday, April 20. They will find out their first-round site and opponent on Monday, May 6.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, May 6
Baseball – vs. Moravian, Landmark Conference Championship (11 a.m.)
vs. Moravian, Landmark Conference Championship (4 p.m., if necessary)


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