Cougars Blank Royals, 9-0, Wednesday Afternoon

Cougars Blank Royals, 9-0, Wednesday Afternoon
Sophomore outfielder Michael Gaeta earned all-Landmark Conference second-team honors according to a release by associate commissioner Joel Cookson on Tuesday.
Michael Gaeta Michael Umerich Michael Amaturo

Box Score

SWOYERSVILLE, Pa.—Misericordia University handed The University of Scranton baseball team its first shutout of the season, 9-0, Wednesday afternoon at Roosevelt Field.

Winning pitcher Pete Doggett (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) struck out six and scattered five hits over six innings, then gave way to relievers Brandon Barber (Dover, Del./Polytech), Ron Guido (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough), and Matt Karabin (Port Reading, NJ/St. Joseph), who held the Royals to just one hit the rest of the way.  

With the win, the Cougars improved to 14-2, while the Royals fell to 9-6.

Misercordia broke open a close game by taking advantage of two Scranton errors to push five runs across the plate in the fourth inning.  Senior Bubba Jasinski (Lyndhurst, NJ/Lyndhurst) delivered the big blow, driving in two runs with a single, and junior Kenny Durling (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) came through prior to Jasinski’s single with a sacrifice fly to score another run.  

Durling finished with two hits and two RBI and sophomore Ryan Cacchioli (Hicksville, NY/St. Anthony’s) scored twice and drove in two runs.

Scranton was led by sophomore Michael Gaeta (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) with two hits and freshman Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), juniors Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and Michael Amaturo (Rye, NY/Rye), and senior Sean Butler (Dickson City, Pa./Scranton) finished with one apiece.

Gaeta’s two hits today raised his batting average to .396.

The Royals will open a three-game Landmark Conference series against the Merchant Marine Academy this Saturday, March 24, with a 7-inning doubleheader at Connell Park beginning at 1:00 p.m.


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