Dominant Pitching, Including a Combined No-Hitter, Leads Softball to a Pair of Shutout Wins

Morgan Rentzheimer tossed a complete game shutout in Scranton's 1-0 win over Concordia in Wednesday's first game.
Morgan Rentzheimer tossed a complete game shutout in Scranton's 1-0 win over Concordia in Wednesday's first game.


Box Score – Concordia / Box Score – MCLA

CLERMONT, Fla. – Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) and Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) threw a combined no-hitter in a five-inning, 8-0 win over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts after Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) scattered four singles in a complete game, 1-0 shutout of Concordia (Wis.) on Wednesday as The University of Scranton softball team posted a pair of shutout victories.

The Royals, who have now won four games in a row, improve to 6-2 on the season heading into the final day of their Spring Break trip on Thursday.

Game 1 vs. Concordia

In Wednesday's opener against Concordia (6-6), a first-inning run was all Scranton need thanks to Rentzheimer's second complete game shutout of the season.

The Royals scored the game's only run in the bottom of the first inning when Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) scored on a passed ball.

Rentzheimer handled the rest, striking out four batters while yielding just four hits – all singles – and walking one batter. 

The senior worked out of several jams as the Falcons had runners in scoring position in four of the seven innings.  Concordia's biggest threat came in the top of the seventh inning as the Falcons placed runners on second and third with one out, but the Royals' defense turned a double play, cutting down the potential tying run at the plate to end the game.

Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) led Scranton with two hits while Duffy and Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) added hits for the Royals.

Game 2 vs. MCLA

In Scranton's second game of the day against MCLA (0-4), Sweeney and Dowdell combined for the Royals' first no-hitter since Christine Capalbo no-hit Penn State Hazleton on March 31, 2011, which also came in a five-inning, 8-0 victory. 

Sweeney struck out four batters in two innings of no-hit ball while Dowdell was perfect over the final three innings, fanning six batters to close out the no-hitter.  The only baserunner that Trailblazers had in the game was their second batter of the contest, who reached on a wild pitch following a strikeout by Sweeney.

Scranton's offense, meanwhile, was firing on all cylinders as the Royals totaled nine hits and took advantage of four errors to earn the run-rule victory.

Scranton scored two runs in the top of the first inning on an error by the Trailblazers before scoring four runs in the second inning.  Hampsey, Kaitlyn Brogan (Oreland, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) and Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) each had RBI singles with another run scoring on an error following Hampsey's single as the Royals built a 6-0 advantage.

Hampsey drove in two more runs the following inning on a base hit to right field to give Scranton the eight-run cushion.

Hampsey finished the game 2-3 at the plate with three RBI while the Royals received hits from eight different players in the win over the Trailblazers.       

Up Next

Scranton will close out its Spring Break trip with a pair of games on Thursday.  The Royals will take on Fredonia at 2:00 p.m. followed by a contest against Mass.-Boston starting at 7:00 p.m.