COLLEGE ROUNDUP: U Of S Baseball, Softball Post Landmark DH Sweeps

March 25, 2019

Junior Kyle Bravin’s strong pitching performance in the nightcap helped the University of Scranton baseball team complete a Landmark Conference doubleheader sweep of Juniata College on Sunday at Volpe Field. Bravin allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five in 7⅔ innings as the Royals won Game 2, 9-2. They also captured the opener, 8-6. Connor Harding backed Bravin offensively, going 3 for 5 with two triples, two runs and one RBI. Valley View graduate Brandon Peters and Kevin Johnson each had two hits and two RBIs. Scranton Prep graduate Kyler McAllister added two hits and scored twice. In the first game, Scranton (6-7 overall, 4-1 league) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, then withstood a Juniata comeback bid. Kevin Haag singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs for the Royals. Harding had two hits and two runs. Pat Rohr was the winning pitcher and Bryan Carmon earned the save. Immaculata 7, Marywood 0 Immaculata 5, Marywood 4 At Scranton, Immaculata University hit three home runs in the eighth inning of Game 2 to rally past Marywood University and sweep an Atlantic East Conference doubleheader. Marywood led, 3-1, when solo home runs by Tyler Kmiec and Connor Blesi sandwiched around a two-run blast by Cameron Delisle enabled Immaculata to erase the deficit and take a 5-3 lead. Jake Schuster homered in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Pacers within 5-4, but they could get no closer. Schuster, Scott Becker and Wallenpaupack graduate Morgan Theobald each had two hits for Marywood. In the opener, Immaculata scored six times in the top of the first inning to seize immediate control. Zach Van Meter’s three-run double capped the outburst. Freshman and Valley View graduate Corey Pezak walked and scored one of the runs in the inning for the Mighty Macs. Kean 4, Keystone 1 At Union, N.J., Mohammed Hussein led off the game with a home run, but Keystone College managed little else the rest of the way in a nonconference loss to Kean University. Tyler Hopman pitched a complete-game seven-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts. Chris Panzarella and Dakota McFadden each finished with two hits for the Giants (3-6). Junior and Abington Heights graduate Nick Carlini doubled. PSU-York 5, PSU-Scranton 4 PSU York 13, PSU Scranton 3 At York, Abington Heights graduate Vinny Vaccaro was 4 for 4 in Game 1 for Penn State-Scranton. Dunmore graduate Joe Talutto had two hits, including a double. Talutto also had two hits, one a double, in the second game for the local Lions (0-4). Softball At Huntingdon, the University of Scranton opened Landmark Conference play by taking a doubleheader from Juniata, 9-4, and, 17-7, in five innings. The sweep extends the Royals’ (11-5, 2-0) winning streak to five. Jennifer Sweeney tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts in the opener. She also went 2 for 2 with a home run, two walks and three RBIs. Jessica Indelicato, Megan Zinn and Heather Alich added two hits apiece for the Royals. Sweeney again paced the offense in the second game, going 3 for 4 with six RBIs and three runs. Her grand slam highlighted a seven-run fourth inning. Alich and Cyan Scarduzio also homered for Scranton. It was the first career home run for each. Zinn added three hits, three RBIs and four runs. Maggie Donnelly also had three hits and Alich had three RBIs. Winning pitcher Meaghan Dowdell improved to 7-1. Marywood 4, Rosemont 3 Marywood 6, Rosemont 1 At, Scranton, Marywood University swept a nonconference doubleheader from Rosemont College. Marywood rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the first game. Kate O’Meara’s two-run double tied the score at 3 and Wallenpaupack graduate Sarah Witte followed with an RBI single to score pinch runner Sara Sharp with the winning run. Witte and Megan Gaeb each had two hits for the Pacers. West Scranton graduate Julianna Beidler went 3 for 4 with one run and two RBIs in the nightcap for Marywood. Penn College 9, Keystone 1 (5) Penn College 7, Keystone 2 At Williamsport, junior Shannon Lloyd collected her 100th career hit, but Penn College spoiled the moment with a doubleheader sweep of Keystone College. Lloyd had a sacrifice fly in the opener, but Keystone was held to just three hits. Her milestone hit came in the second game, one of two Lloyd had in the nightcap. Samantha Monetti also had two hits and Lexy Johnson cracked an RBI triple for the Lady Giants (4-8). Men’s tennis At Brooklyn, N.Y., the University of Scranton snapped a four-match losing skid with a 9-0 victory over Pratt Institute in nonconference action. Alexander Ochalski, Charles Swope, Brian Harkins and Scranton Prep graduate Tarquin McGurrin were all two-match winners on the day for the Royals (4-4). Women’s tennis At Queens, N.Y., Marywood University downed Pratt Institute, 7-2, at the United Tennis Center. Danielle Ogonowski and Devin Zombek each won at singles and doubles for the Pacers (2-9). Contact the writer: sports@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter