CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Scranton softball team bounced back from a pair of setbacks on Sunday with two wins on Monday to improve to 4-2 on its Spring Break trip. The Royals (4-2) opened the day with a 4-2 victory over Ripon before edging out Minnesota-Morris in its second contest of the day, 6-5.
Game 1 vs. Ripon
In Monday's first game against Ripon (3-6), Scranton built a 4-0 lead after four innings and held off the Red Hawks to post the 4-2 victory.
The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) scored on a wild pitch.
Scranton extended its advantage to 4-0 in the visitor's fourth by plating three runs on four hits. Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) and Kaitlyn Brogan (Oreland, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) hit back-to-back RBI doubles before Brogan scored on an infield single off the bat of Hampsey.
Ripon hit a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) shut the door, closing out a complete game win with nine strikeouts and six hits against.
Scarduzio led Scranton with at 3-3 performance at the plate including a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Hampsey and Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) added two hits apiece for the Royals, who outhit the Red Hawks, 11-6, in the victory.
Game 2 vs. Minnesota-Morris
In the Royals' second contest on Monday against Minnesota-Morris, Scranton scored all six off its runs in the first inning and held off a comeback attempt by the Cougars (2-10) to notch a 6-5 victory.
The Royals' big first inning came on five hits and one error. Scranton's first two runs came when
Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) reached on an error before Rentzheimer and Scarduzio delivered RBI base hits to make it a 4-0 game.
Brogan then connected on a two-run double to give Scranton a 6-0 advantage.
Minnesota-Morris got three runs back in the top of the third inning and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Royals were able to shut the door for their second win of the day.
Rentzheimer and Scarduzio led Scranton with two hits apiece as Scranton outhit the Cougars 9-4 in the contest.
Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) picked up the win in the circle after allowing two runs – only one of which was earned – on three hits while fanning five batters in six innings of work. Caitlin Long (Ho Ho Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) worked one inning and surrendered three unearned runs with one hit against.
Scranton will enjoy a day off before returning to the diamond on Wednesday when they will take on Concordia (Wis.) at 2:00 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. game against the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.