The University of Scranton won a pair of one-run games on Monday to sweep visiting King's in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Monday at Magis Field. The Royals (26-6), winners of five straight games, rallied for a 5-4 win in Monday's opener before walking off victorious in a 6-5, nine-inning thriller in the nightcap.
Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) broke yet another Scranton pitching record, making her 75th appearance in the circle to surpassed the mark for most pitching appearances set by Isabel Mendez from 2006-2009.
In Monday's opener, Scranton scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally from a 4-2 deficit to defeat King's, 5-4.
The Royals opened the scoring in their first trip to the plate on an RBI double off the left field wall from Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) before the Monarchs plated three runs in the top of the third to claim a 3-1 advantage.
The hosts got a run back in the home half of the frame on a base hit from Sweeney that plated Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock), but King's restored its two-run edge in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI triple.
Scranton answered with three runs on four hits and on error by the Monarchs (18-16) in the bottom of the frame to take a 5-4 lead. Sweeney drove in her third run of the game with a single to center that plated Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) with Hampsey scoring the tying run on the play with a throwing error by the Monarchs.
Rentzheimer allowed just one hit over the final two innings to close out the complete game victory while improving to 11-4 on the season. The senior was charged with four runs – three earned – on seven hits while striking out four batters.
Sweeney led the Royals at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI while Hampsey and Zinn collected a pair of hits each as the hosts totaled 10 hits as a team in the game one victory.
Scranton completed the sweep in dramatic fashion the nightcap, twice answering extra-inning runs by the visitors to walk-off with a 6-5 victory.
King's opened the scoring in the top of the first inning of game two on an RBI single and held the one-run edge until the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the home fourth, Sweeney launched a two-run home run over the fence in left center to give Scranton a 2-1 edge. The freshman's homer was her 10th of the season, just one shy of Mary Ann Tarantino's single-season record set in 1982.
The Monarchs tied the game back up at three-apiece in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run and the score would hold into extra innings.
Both teams scored runs in the eighth inning with Brianna Lehr (Byram Township, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) hitting a clutch RBI single in the bottom half of the frame to force a ninth inning.
The Monarchs again got a run in the top of the ninth, but Scranton would walk off with the thrilling win by using a hit and two errors to claim the victory. Rentzheimer scored the tying run as Sweeney reached on a fielding error which gave the Royals runners on first and second with nobody out.
Price then laid down a bunt, reaching on an errant throw by King's with Zinn racing around from second to score the winning run as the ball caromed off the first baseman and into shallow right field.
Sweeney went all nine innings in the circle for Scranton, improving to 13-2 after being charged with three runs on five hits while striking out three batters.
Duffy, Zinn, Sweeney, Rentzheimer, and Lehr accounted for the Royals' five hits in the contest with Sweeney driving in a game-high three runs in the contest.
Scranton will visit Wilkes on Tuesday for a non-conference twinbill starting at 5:00 p.m.