CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Scranton softball team continued its strong start to the 2018 campaign with a pair of wins on Thursday, wrapping up its annual Spring Break trip with wins over Fredonia and Umass-Boston. The Royals, now 8-2 on the season, are off to their best start to season since the 2012 club went 20-2 over its first 22 games.
Game 1 vs. Fredonia
In Scranton's opening game on Thursday against Fredonia (5-2), the Royals used a three-run third inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Blue Devils, 5-2.
Scranton took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI double from Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional), but Fredonia went ahead with a two runs in their next trip to the plate on a pair of RBI singles.
The Royals rallied with three runs in the home third as Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) delivered an RBI base hit before Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) and Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) brought in runs by putting the ball in play for fielder's choices.
Scranton closed out the scoring in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single off the bat of Price.
Rentzheimer improved to 4-1 on the year in the circle with a complete game effort in which she struck out three batters while scattering five hits.
Price and Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) both had two hits apiece for the Royals, who outhit the Blue Devils 8-5 in the victory.
Game 2 vs. UMass-Boston
In their final game of the Spring Break trip against UMass-Boston (2-8), the Royals scored an early run and got a strong outing from Sweeney before adding three late insurance runs to defeat the Beacons, 4-1.
Scranton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) scored on an Umass-Boston error.
The Royals maintained the one-run lead until the fifth inning when Duffy hit an RBI double before Scranton added two more runs in the visitor's sixth. Allie Hotchkiss (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Charles W. Baker) came home with the Royals' third run on another error by the Beacons before DeSarno scored on a wild pitch.
UMass-Boston broke up Sweeney's shutout bid with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting an unearned run on an RBI triple before Sweeney recorded the final out of the game to lift her record to 4-1.
Sweeney allowed just three hits while striking out eight batters in the complete game win for Scranton.
Price continued to swing a hot bat with three more hits in the nightcap while Duffy added a pair of hits for Scranton, which held an 8-3 advantage in hits for the game.
Scranton's Landmark Conference opener against Juniata originally scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. The Royals are now slated to play their home opener on Monday against King's starting at 4:00 p.m. Any schedule changes will be posted on www.athletics.scranton.edu as they become available as well as on Twitter at @RoyalAthletics.