University of Scranton senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan) was named the Landmark Conference's Athlete of the Week for softball on Monday, while teammate junior Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) was named the Landmark's Pitcher of the Week for the period ending March 19.
For Stricker, this marks the fourth time that she has captured the Landmark's Athlete of the Week award in her career, while Rentzheimer takes the Pitcher of the Week honor for the second time in her career.
The pair led the Royals to four straight victories over spring break in Clermont, Florida this past week, as Scranton beat Gordon (9-0 in five innings), Gallaudet (10-0 in five innings), RPI (4-2), and MCLA (15-1). The Royals ended their trip in Florida with a tough 9-7 loss in extra innings to Dallas on Thursday night.
Stricker was a force at the plate in the five games Scranton played on the week.Overall, she went 9-of-17 overall (batting .529), with three doubles, a home run, seven runs scored and seven RBI. Stricker posted two multiple-hit games on the week, posting three hits, apiece, against Gallaudet and Dallas.
Stricker's biggest moment of the week came in the RPI game on Wednesday, as she smacked a game-winning three-run home run with two outs in the fifth inning, lifting Scranton to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory.
Rentzheimer, meanwhile, went undefeated in the pitching circle on the week, going 3-0 overall. Rentzheimer did not allow an earned run in three starts, allowing just nine hits in 17 innings of work.
Tossing three complete games, Rentzheimer struck out 17 batters, including seven in a dominating performance against MCLA on Thursday, in which she did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.
The University of Scranton softball team is slated to return to action on Wednesday at King's. The doubleheader is set to start at 3 p.m.