Scranton Takes Doubleheader From Drew
SCRANTON, Pa. — The University of Scranton baseball team
is back in the playoff hunt in the Landmark Conference.
Facing a must-win situation Sunday afternoon at Connell Park, the Royals got pitching gems from junior Todd McGee (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and senior Charles Comprelli (Harrison, N.J./St. Peter’s Preparatory) in completing a three-game sweep of Drew University.
In the first game, McGee struck out four and allowed only three hits in picking up the complete game victory as the Royals went on to post a 6-1 victory. In the nightcap, Comprelli threw six scoreless innings, allowed only two hits and struck out three as Scranton cruised to a 10-2 win.
The Royals, now 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the conference, still have a ways to go, especially since they play two of their final three conference series on the road, to claim one of the four tournament spots.
In both games today, Scranton set the tone early, jumping out to early leads.
In the opener, sophomore Chris Stallone (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) hit a double to right center field in the first inning, stole third, and came around to score on a ground out by senior Chris Psihoules (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood). Junior Chris Bligh (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Preparatory) then followed through with a two-out single and came around to score on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run double to left center field by sophomore David Giglio (Wallingford, Conn./Fairfield Preparatory) to give Scranton a 2-0 lead.
After the Rangers added a run in the second, the Royals added two in fifth and two in the sixth to set the final score. Psihoules drove in a run with seventh double of the season, advanced to third on a single by Bligh, and eventually scored on a ground out to the left side of the Drew infield by Giglio. Comprelli came through with an RBI single in the sixth and Bligh drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in another run.
It would be all the offense McGee would need. He allowed only one hit over the final five innings to pick up his first win of the season and lowered his earned run average to 4.94. Junior Thomas Sharp (Toms Rivers, N.J./Toms River East) had two of the Rangers’ three hits.
The Royals banged out 17 hits in the second game, including five in the first inning to build up a 4-0 lead. Psihoules drove in two runs with a single and Giglio and sophomore Jon Psihoules (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood) followed with RBI singles.
After adding runs in the second and third, Scranton put the game out of reach with a three-run rally in the fourth that included a triple by sophomore Joe Amicucci (Pomona, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles by Bligh, Giglio and freshman Rocky Sawyer (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty).
Giglio finished with three hits and two RBI and Chris Psihoules had two hits and three RBI. Jon Psihoules stood out defensively, finishing with five put outs. He also threw out a Ranger runner who got caught leaning too far off first-base on a fly ball to right field to complete a double play.
Comprelli was in command throughout the game, allowing only a single to Sharp in the third inning and a single to Andrew Baxter (Ringoes, N.J./The Hun School) in the fourth. Comprelli earned his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 5.01.
Chris Stallone led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. The Royals will take on Misericordia University in a non-conference game this Wednesday, April 8, in Dallas, Pennsylvania, before hosting Catholic in a 7-inning doubleheader Friday afternoon at Connell Park beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Story provided by Scranton Sports Information