MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The hot hitting continued for The University of Scranton baseball team (8-1-1) who scored 14 runs on 16 hits in a 14-3 victory over the Mount Aloysius Mounties (5-4) on Wednesday morning at The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach.
The win caps an unbeaten Spring Break trip for the Royals (5-0) and they have also now won seven straight overall.
Scranton has scored 90 runs in 10 games this season, which is the second highest total in the Landmark Conference behind Catholic (117) who has played five more games.
Mount Aloysius held a 3-1 lead through two innings before the Royals took control of the game with a five-run third. The frame started with three straight singles as senior Tyler Kirsten (Wallenpaupack, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area) knocked in a run with an RBI single, graduate student Kevin Johnson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) came through with a two-run single and fellow senior Dan Crossan (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added an RBI single of his own to make it a 6-3 game.
Scranton tacked on two more in the fourth with an RBI single from senior Jake Lisicky (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) and a sac fly from Johnson along with another run in the fifth to extend the lead to 9-3.
Sophomore lefty Matthew Moreira (Union, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) made his first start of the season for the Royals and allowed three runs on three to go along with a walk and a career-high six strikeouts. Freshman righty Liam Fitzgerald (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) came on in relief of Moreira and tossed two scoreless innings while fanning two to earn the win. From there, sophomore southpaws Matt Roda (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and Michael Fox (Westfield, N.J./Union Catholic) and senior lefty Ryan Heiser (New Milford, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional) all tossed a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the victory.
Andrew Lazor was tagged with the loss for the Mounties after giving up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits over 3 1/3 IP.
The Royals completed the scoring with four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth via two bases loaded walks, a wild pitch, an RBI groundout and an RBI single from senior Conner DiAngelo (East Granby, Conn./Northwest Catholic).
Five different players had multi-hit games for Scranton on the afternoon: graduate student Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) who was 2-5 with three runs scored, sophomore Corey Zientek (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) who was 2-5 with a run scored, Crossan (3-3, 2B, 2 R), Lisicky (3-4, 2 RBI) and Kirsten (2-3, RBI, 2 R).
The Royals will return to Pennsylvania and open Landmark Conference play with a 2021 Championship series rematch on Saturday at Elizabethtown. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is slated for 12 p.m.