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Colonels, Royals split a twin bill

SCRANTON – Wilkes University’s Angus Neary had four hits with two home runs and starter Sean Flecknoe allowed just a single run in the first game of a baseball doubleheader as the Colonels split a pair Tuesday with the University of Scranton.

The Colonels won the first game 12-3, but lost the second 14-3.

In the second game, Scranton got off to a good start with a run in each of the first two innings. The Colonels came back with three in the top of the third, including an RBI double from Tyler Marino.

That would be the only runs for Wilkes in the game, as the Royals went on to score 12 more runs, including eight in the fifth, to get the win.

The Colonels finish their season with a 21-16 overall record, going 11-10 in the Freedom Conference.

Gwynedd-Mercy 8, Misericordia 4

The Misericordia University baseball team ended the regular season with an 8-4 loss at Gwynedd-Mercy.

Kenny Durling had three hits and Andres Gonzalez had two hits and drove in three runs for the Cougars.

Ryan Cacchioli, Mike Impellittiere, Andrew Tressa and Nate Newman all added two hits.

Freshman Rob McCarthy allowed just two unearned runs on three hits over six innings in his first collegiate start.

MU, 23-13, will face King’s in the opening round of the Freedom Conference playoffs Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Memorial park in Quakertown.

SOFTBALL Misericordia sweeps Scranton

The Misericordia University softball team ended its 2011 regular season on a high note, sweeping Scranton 2-1 and 3-0, Tuesday at Anderson Field.

Kat LaBrie and Hollie Sarnak each had RBI hits as MU won a tight 2-1 decision in the opener.

After the Royals scored their only run of the day in the top of the first, Misericordia answered immediately. Sarnak’s ground rule double to right-center scored Maria Kidron to even the score at 1-1.

The Cougars finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth, as LaBrie’s two-out single brought home Nicole Wenner for the winning run.

After the initial Scranton tally, MU starter Caitlin Cromley retired the next 15 consecutive batters until a Royal single in the sixth inning. Cromley (15-9) struck out seven and allowed just one run over seven innings to earn the decision.

Misericordia won the nightcap 3-0 behind a solid performance from freshman pitcher Emily Barnable (2-1), who allowed just four hits and no runs in six innings pitched. Classmate Jess Armillay threw the seventh to earn her first career save.

Nicole Boccia was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the second game, while Wenner was 2-for-3 and knocked in a run.

The Cougars end their season with a 22-16 record, and now await ECAC selection.

King’s sweeps Centenary

The King’s softball team defeated Centenary twice, the last action before this weekend’s Freedom Conference Tournament. The Monarchs won the first game 9-2 followed by a 8-2 victory.

King’s fell behind 2-0 in the first game before Brittany Baynes hit a three run home run to take the lead. In the fourth with a 5-2 lead, Kayla Rukowski hit an two RBI double for a 7-2 advantage.

Baynes ended the first game with three hits and three RBI.

King’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game when Amanda Cardone hit a two-run home run. King’s scored five run in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Jenn Harnischfeger went 4-for-4 while Cardone ended with three RBI.

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