The University of Scranton and visiting Marywood won a game apiece on Wednesday in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday at Magis Field. On a day when the two squads teamed up for a Strikeout Cancer event, The Pacers (13-15) rallied for a 7-4 win in the opener before the Royals (22-6) cruised to a 9-0, five-inning victory in the nightcap.
In Wednesday's first game, Marywood overcame an early 2-0 deficit by combining for seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to give Scranton its first loss on its new home field, 7-4.
Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run, her eighth of the season.
The hosts held the two-run edge until the top of the fourth when the Pacers plated four runs, only one of which was earned, two hits, two walks, and on costly error by the Royals.
Scranton pulled to within a run in the home half of the frame on an RBI double from Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) which made it a 4-3 game, but Marywood took a 7-2 lead on a three-run home run on its next trip to the plate.
Sweeney drove in Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) with a single in the bottom of the seventh and the Royals would load the bases with two outs in the frame, but the Pacers escaped the jam with a strikeout to end the game.
Sweeney suffered just her second loss in the circle after yielding seven runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits while striking out a pair of batters in 4.1 innings.
Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) yielded just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief for Scranton.
Wednesday's second game was all Scranton as the Royals put up a crooked number in three of their four innings at the plate while cruising to a 9-0 victory.
Scranton took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as two runs came home on an RBI groundout from Zinn with a Marywood error on the play as well. The Royals plated their third run on the Pacers' second error of the inning.
Sweeney connected on her ninth home run of the season and third in as many games in the bottom of the third, a solo shot to left field. The freshman now ranks second all-time for most home runs in a season for Scranton trailing only Mary Ann Tarantino's 11 in 1982.
An RBI single from Dowdell later in the third gave the Royals a 5-0 advantage.
Scranton tacked on four runs in the home fourth to close out the scoring as Price hit a two-run single before DeSarno and Morgan Sicuro (Port Jervis, N.Y./Port Jervis) delivered RBI base hits.
Dowdell picked up her second win of the spring by scattering three hits and striking out two batters in four scoreless innings. Caitlin Long (Ho Ho Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) closed out the Royals' eighth shutout of the season by retiring the Pacers in order in the top of the fifth while picking up one strikeout.
Sweeney went 3-for-3 with three runs scored while DeSarno and Brianna Lehr (Byram Township, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) added two hits apiece in the game two victory.
Scranton will resume Landmark Conference play on Saturday with a pair of home games against Drew. First pitch between the Royals and Rangers is set for 1:00 p.m. at Magis Field.