|Justin Pinckert||Dan Crossan||Tyler Kirsten|
SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton baseball team (3-5, 3-5 Landmark) split a doubleheader with the Moravian Greyhounds (5-3, 5-3 Landmark) on a breezy Tuesday night at Volpe Field in Scranton.
The Royals took game one by a score of 11-7, while Moravian won game two by a score of 5-2.
Scranton scored 11 runs on 16 hits in game one, marking a season-high in both categories. The 11 runs are the most that the Royals have scored since an 11-6 win over Elizabethtown on April 28, 2019.
The Royals took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning to break a seven all tie and open up a 10-7 lead. A single, walk and hit batsman loaded the bases with one away in the inning before senior Kevin Johnson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) was hit by a pitch to bring home the go-ahead run and sophomore Justin Pinckert (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata) delivered the big blow in the inning with a two-run double.
Moravian's Kyle Petsch allowed three runs on two hits and walked three over 1 2/3 IP and was dealt the loss, while senior right-hander Matt Morrow (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) struck out one in two innings of relief and got the win for the Royals.
The Greyhounds had tied the game at seven apiece with a pair of runs in the top half of the fifth inning.
Scranton opened the scoring with solo runs in each of the first two innings as junior Jake Lisicky (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) knocked in a run with an RBI double and junior Dan Crossan (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) blasted a solo shot off the scoreboard in left field to make it a 2-0 game.
Moravian tied the game with a pair in the top of the third, but the hosts immediately responded with five runs in the home half to make it a 7-2 game. The Royals tallied six straight hits in the inning and sent 11 men to the plate as Pinckert delivered an RBI double to go along with RBI singles from Crossan, senior Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal), senior Anthony Lambroia (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) and junior Tyler Kirsten (Wallenpaupack, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area).
The Greyhounds battled back to tie it at seven with three runs in the fourth including a home run from Thomas Phillips and the afore-mentioned two runs in the fifth.
Junior left-hander James Gadue (West Hartford, Conn./Hall) got the start for Scranton and gave up five runs on eight hits while fanning three in three plus innings of work. Moravian starter Cameron Cooper surrendered seven runs on 11 hits over 2 2/3 IP.
All nine starters registered a hit in the game for the Royals and seven of the nine tallied multi-hit games.
Trailing 5-2, Scranton brought the go-ahead run to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, but Kyle Serman fanned sophomore Anthony Tramonte (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade) to end the threat. Lambroia had plated a run earlier in the inning with an RBI double.
David Ciaccio earned the win for Moravian after allowing one run on two hits while fanning nine over 5 2/3 IP in the game and Serman notched the save after getting the final four outs.
Junior right-hander Josh Lydon (Shavertown, Pa./Dallas) got the start for the Royals and took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits to go along with a walk and three strikeouts in 4.0 IP. Sophomore righty Kevin Donovan (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) came on in relief of Lydon to make his season debut and gave up a run on three hits while fanning two in 2 1/3 IP.
The Greyhounds opened the scoring with solo runs in each of the first three innings and that lead held until the sixth when Lisicky plated Braden Breithaupt (Canadensis, Pa./Stroudsburg) with an RBI triple to cut the lead to 3-1. Moravian's Chris Pow knocked in a pair of insurance runs with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh.
The University of Scranton baseball team opens a four-game series at Drew with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. First pitch of game one is slated for 12:30 p.m.