|Connor Harding||Tyler Kirsten|
SCRANTON, Pa. -- The University of Scranton baseball team (0-2, 0-2 Landmark) dropped a pair of games to the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (2-0, 2-0 Landmark) in the season opening doubleheader for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Volpe Field in Scranton.
Elizabethtown took game one by a score of 5-2 and won game two, 7-0.
The Blue Jays were able to jump out to an early lead with a run in the first as a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with two away before Robbie Bertucio was hit by a pitch to bring home a run. Elizabethtown added three more runs in the second to make it a 4-0 game following a two-run triple from Ben Watson.
Sophomore right-hander Hunter Ralston (Duryea, Pa./Pittston Area) was charged with the four runs in 1 1/3 IP and was dealt the loss for the Royals.
Freshman southpaw Matthew Moreira (Union, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) impressed in relief of Ralston as he allowed just one run on three hits and fanned two over 5 2/3 innings of work.
The Royals battled back in the middle innings and loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth before senior Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) scored on a groundout to cut the lead to 4-1. In the home half of the fifth, senior Anthony Lambroia (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) led off with a single, took second on a groundout, advanced to third on a balk and scored on junior Tyler Kirsten's (Wallenpaupack, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area) RBI single to bring Scranton within a pair at 4-2. However, the Royals were unable to draw any closer in the final two innings.
Joseph Sarich gave up two runs on seven hits while fanning five to record the complete game victory for the Blue Jays.
Harding and junior Jake Lisicky (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) both registered a pair of hits in the contest for the hosts, while Kirsten reached base twice.
For the second straight game, the Blue Jays were able to grab an early lead with an RBI single in the top half of the first inning and tacked on four more runs in the second with the help of two errors in the frame to open up a 5-0 lead.
Sophomore right-hander Caleb Gross (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was tagged with the loss for Scranton after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits in 1 1/3 IP.
Freshman righty George Sengos (Washington Twp., N.J./Westwood Regional) and sophomore right-hander Conner DiAngelo (East Granby, Conn./Northwest Catholic) both turned in solid efforts in relief for head coach Mike Bartoletti's squad. Sengos fanned three in 3 1/3 IP and DiAngelo tossed two scoreless innings on the afternoon.
Kirsten doubled in the contest for the Royals and was a combined 2-5 on the afternoon with a double, RBI and a walk.
Three different pitchers combined on the shutout for the Blue Jays in the night cap.
The two teams will wrap up the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Elizabethtown with a pair of games. First pitch of game one at Kevin Scott Boyd Stadium is slated for 12:30 p.m.