KINGS PARK, N.Y.—Sophomore pitcher Corey Gorman (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) came within one out of picking up a complete-game victory for The University of Scranton in a 4-3 win over the Merchant Marine Academy in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field.
Gorman struck out nine batters, allowed only one earned run, and scattered 10 hits in 8 and 2/3 innings as the Royals improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Fellow sophomore Matt Mosko (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) earned the save by getting Marine freshman Jake Martin (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) to line out to Royal second-baseman Jesse Outhouse (Croton Falls, N.Y./North Salem)—who dove to make the play—with the bases loaded.
The Royals manufactured three runs on just one hit in the fifth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. Senior Chris Stallone (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) delivered an RBI single that scored senior Jeff Manahan (Morris Plains, N.J./Morristown) and allowed sophomore Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) to move up to third base. Scranton then successful executed a double steal, with Gaeta scoring and Stallone ending up on second. Stallone then stole third and scored on a throwing error.
After the Royals gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh, Stallone started a two-out rally in the top of the ninth with a single, stole second, and came around to score on a single to left field by junior Sean Butler (Dickson City, Pa./Scranton).
Stallone finished with three hits, three stolen bases, and scored twice.
Freshmen Andrew MacKinnon (Buffalo, N.Y./Nichols School) and Nick Dimas (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller) had two hits apiece for the Mariners, now 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Losing pitcher, freshman Tim Arner (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic), also turned in a gem, striking out 10 batters and allowing only three earned run in 8 and 2/3 innings.
Neither pitcher allowed an extra-base hit today.
The Royals will begin an 8-game Spring Break trip to Ft. Myers, Florida, this Tuesday, March 22, against The College of Wooster.
News & Notes: Gorman's 9 strikeouts today were his most since striking out 13 batters in seven innings against Drew University on April 18, 2010…Stallone has hit safely in six of seven games and is coming off back-to-back 3-hit games…Scranton stole eight bases today…Butler finished with two hits.