The University of Scranton softball team extended its win streak to 12 games on Sunday by opening Landmark Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Juniata at Magis Field. The Royals are now 14-2 (2-0 Landmark) on the season after defeating the Eagles (6-14, 1-5 Landmark) by scores of 10-2 and 4-1.
In Sunday's opener, Scranton outhit Juniata (6-13, 1-4 Landmark) 12-3 on its way to walking off with a 10-2 victory in six innings.
Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) gave Scranton a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, clearing the bases with a two-out, bases loaded with a double to the fence in right center.
The Royals pushed their lead to four runs the following inning as Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) came home as Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) reached on a fielding error by the Eagles.
Juniata cut their deficit in half in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run to make it a 4-2 contest, but Scranton answered with three runs of their own in the home half of the frame to take a 7-2 advantage.
The Royals received a pair of clutch two-out hits in the bottom of the fourth to open up the five-run advantage. Hampsey delivered a two-run triple to the right field wall before coming home with Scranton's seven run on a base hit to right from Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan).
Scranton ended the game with three runs in the home sixth as Zinn drove in Duffy with a base hit to right before Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) delivered a walk-off home run, a two-run shot deep over the fence in straight center.
Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) went the distance in the circle to improve to 7-1 on the season, allowing two runs on just three hits while striking out three batters.
Zinn paced the Royals with three hits while Hampsey, Sweeney, and Donnelly, and Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) added a pair of hits each as the hosts totaled 12 hits in the contest.
DeSarno led Scranton with three RBI while Hampsey, Zinn, and Sweeney drove in a pair of runs apiece.
Sweeney was the star of Sunday's nightcap, tossing a complete game two-hitter while also belting a decisive three-run home run at the plate to lead the Royals to a 4-1 victory.
Juniata took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but Scranton would tie the game at one-apiece in the home fourth when Rentzheimer drove in DeSarno with a double to the left field fence.
The Royals took a 4-1 lead in the home fifth, plating three runs on four hits. Sweeney delivered the big hit of the inning, launching a three-run homer over the left field fence for her second round-tripper of the day.
Sweeney yielded just a pair of singles while striking out two batters to improve to 6-1 in the circle this spring for Scranton.
Duffy and Rentzheimer had two hits apiece to lead the Royals, who totaled eight hits in the game two triumph.
Scranton will visit Susquehanna on Tuesday for a Landmark Conference doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.