2010 Landmark Conference Championships - Game #2

2011 Landmark Conference Championships

Saturday, May 7th - Monday, May 9th

Blue & Grey Field, Bethlehem, PA


Game #2

#2 The University of Scranton vs. #3 The Catholic University of America

Line Score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
The Catholic University of America (20-19) 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 6 11 0
The University of Scranton (22-17) 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 6 4




            BETHLEHEM, PA --- The third seeded Catholic University of America baseball team rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 6-5 win over second seed The University of Scranton in the second game of the opening day at the 2011 Landmark Conference Championship Tournament hosted by Moravian College at Gillespie Field Saturday.
            The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Senior outfielder Chris Stallone (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield HS) led off with a single and sophomore third baseman Richard Pohl (Belvidere, NJ/Belvidere HS) followed with a single.  Senior catcher Jeff Manahan (Morris Plains, NJ/Morristown HS) followed with a three-run home run to right center field, his fifth homer of the season.
            The Cardinals would get on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning with a run to cut the Scranton lead to 3-1.  Junior outfielder Matt Greib (Garrett Park, MD/St. Alban’s HS) started the inning with a walk, and he eventually scored on an RBI single from freshman third baseman Marc Hanna (Belvidere, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep HS).
            Catholic pulled within a run, 3-2, after scoring once in the top of the fifth.  Senior shortstop LJ Travaglia (Randolph, NJ/Randolph HS) led off the inning with a double, and junior outfielder Dan Sullivan (Beltsville, MD/DeMatha HS) followed with an RBI double.
            Scranton extended its lead to 5-2 with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth.  Senior outfielder Jason Lane (Moosic, PA/Riverside HS) singled to lead off, and Pohl walked with one out.  Manahan then connected on a two-RBI double scoring Lane and Pohl.
            The Cardinals scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut the Royals’ advantage to 5-4.  Travaglia scored Hanna with a two-out RBI single while Sullivan had an RBI single to score junior second baseman Tim Mierzwa (Laurel, MD/Resevoir HS).
            Catholic, which snapped a nine-game losing streak with the win, scored two unearned runs in the top of the ninth to pull ahead.  Sophomore catcher Chris McCloud (Fairfax Station, VA/Robinson Secondary HS) walked to lead off the inning and scored on an error by the Royals with two outs.  Freshman outfielder Brendan Breslin (Annandale, VA/WT Woodward HS) scored the go ahead run on another error by Scranton.
            The Cardinals had an 11-6 edge in hits in the game with Sullivan going three-for-five with two RBIs.  Travaglia and Hanna were each two-for-five with an RBI and a run while Mierzwa was two-for-four for Catholic.  Manahan led Scranton at the plate with a two-for-three performance to go with a home run, a double and five RBIs.  Pohl was two-for-four with two runs for the Royals.
            Senior Jack Mahoney (Washington Depot, CT/Avery Point HS) earned the win for Catholic on the mound with a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings of action.  Freshman Adam Schroth (Moosic, PA/Scranton Prep HS) earned the save for the Cardinals, giving up a hit in the final inning.  Freshman Andrew Carroll (Malvern, PA/Devon Prep HS) started for Catholic and allowed five runs on five hits and four walks to go with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
            Senior John Rogers (Allenhurst, NJ/Red Bank Catholic HS) suffered the loss for Scranton after giving up two unearned runs on a hits and a walk to go with three strikeouts in two innings of action.  Junior Rocky Sawyer (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty HS) started for the Royals and allowed four runs, three earned, on ten hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts in seven-plus innings of action.