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APRIL 12, 2008


(Colgan Smacks Two Home Runs)

WILKES-BARRE -- Matt Colgan (left) smacked two home runs and the King's College baseball team picked up its two most important wins of the year as the Monarchs posted a doubleheader sweep of visiting DeSales University Saturday at Betzler Fields.

King's won the first game 7-6 in 10 innings before capturing the nightcap 6-5. With the wins, King's won the season series against DeSales 2-1 while improving to 12-13 overall and 7-8 in Freedom Conference play. DeSales, meanwhile, fell to 13-15-1 and 6-6 in league games.

In the opener, DeSales opened a 4-0 lead with three runs in the first inning and another in the second. The Monarchs countered in the bottom half of the second when Pat McGlynn and Gracjan Kraszewski both singled, and Matt Colgan smacked an opposite field three-run home run over the left field fence to cut the lead to 4-3.

After DeSales added two more runs in the fourth, the Monarchs rallied during their final at-bats in the seventh inning. Colgan and pinch hitter Sean Rooney singled before J.R. Graver drew a walk to load the bases with one out. The Monarchs got a break when DeSales was called for catcher's interference, allowing Matt Feci to reach base and bringing in Colgan from third to cut the lead to 6-4. John Venarchick then came through in the clutch with a two-run single to send the game into extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, Unger would single and reached second on a wild pitch, DeSales would intentionally walk Matt Livoy in an attempt to set up the double-play, but the move backfired when McGlynn was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. From there Kraszewski slammed a single to right field to plate pinch runner Phil Moskowitz with the winning run.

Kraszewski finished the game by going 3-for-5 while McGlynn and Colgan were 2-for-2. Joe Jenkins (1-2) was the winning pitcher in relief for King's, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing two hits with three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, DeSales again reached the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead, but the Monarchs responded in the bottom half of the inning when Matt Feci drew a one-out walk and Venarchick doubled. Unger would loft a long sacrifice fly to center to bring home Feci while Venarchick advanced to third base on the tag and eventually scored on a DeSales error.

In the second inning, King's struck again when Colgan walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Graver then singled home Colgan and eventually scored himself on a base hit by Feci to give the Monarchs a 4-1 lead. King's padded their lead in the third inning when Kraszewski singled to right field before Colgan stroked his second home run of the day, another opposite field shot just inside the field foul pole.

DeSales attempted to come back with three runs in the fifth and added one more in the ninth to cut the King's lead to 6-5. But King's starter J.T. Levonick would earn the complete game victory by inducing a shallow fly ball to center field for the final out of the game.

Levonick allowed nine shits and struck out 11 batters in seven full innings of work to improve to 1-1 on the year. King's, which managed six runs on just five hits in the game, did not have a single player with more than one base hit.

King's will host Marywood Sunday in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Betzler Fields.





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