Sweeney Named Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year; Zinn Also Earns All-Conference Honors

Jennifer Sweeney and Megan Zinn were both honored by the Landmark Conference on Thursday.
Jennifer Sweeney and Megan Zinn were both honored by the Landmark Conference on Thursday.
Jennifer Sweeney Megan Zinn

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated to reflect a record-keeping error that allowed Jennifer Sweeney to be listed as All-Conference at two positions. Landmark Conference bylaws state that players can only recieve All-Conference honors at one position.  Sweeney remains the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and is a First Team All-Conference selection as a pitcher.

The University of Scranton softball team collected three Landmark Conference awards on Thursday as the conference announced its end of season All-Conference teams and major award recipients.

Freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) collected two of those honors by being named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year while garnering First Team All-Landmark Conference honors as a pitcher.  

Sophomore Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) collected Scranton's other accolade by being selected as a Second Team All-Landmark Conference outfielder.

Sweeney is the first player in Scranton history to be named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year after excelling both at the plate and in the circle during the regular season.  The freshman is batting .410 this spring with 50 hits including 10 home runs and nine doubles.  She sports a .730 slugging percentage and has 34 RBI to go along with 28 runs scored.

Sweeney leads the Landmark Conference in home runs and RBI, is tied for first in totals hit, is second in slugging percentage, is sixth in batting average, and is tied for sixth in doubles.  She needs one more home run to tied Scranton's single season record which has stood since 1982.

Equally impressive for Sweeney has been her pitching feats which earned her First Team All-Conference accolades this spring.  She enters the postseason with a 16-3 record along with a 1.84 ERA.  Sweeney has struck out 89 batters in 125.1 innings pitched and has thrown 13 complete games while limiting opponents to a .207 batting average against.

Sweeney is tops in the Landmark Conference in ERA, wins, innings pitched, is tied for second in games started and appearances, and is third in strikeouts.   

Zinn earned All-Landmark Conference honors for the second year in a row, following up a First Team nod last spring with a strong sophomore campaign to claim Second Team accolades.

The sophomore outfielder started all 39 games in which she played during the regular season and is batting .379 with 47 hits including seven doubles, one triple, and one home run.  Zinn has scored 30 runs this spring while driving in 15 runs and holds a .476 slugging percentage and a .417 on base percentage.

Defensively, Zinn sports a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 29 putouts and three assists from the outfield.

Zinn is tied for fifth in the Landmark Conference in hits, is tied for fifth in runs scored, is tied for sixth in doubles, and ranks 10th in batting average.  She is also ranked eighth in the country in toughest to strikeout, having struck out just twice in 135 plate appearances this spring.  

Second-seeded Scranton will open the Landmark Conference playoffs on Friday against #3 seed Susquehanna at 1:00 p.m. at Moravian.  The double-elimination tournament runs Friday and Saturday with top-seeded Moravian and #4 seed Catholic rounding out the postseason field.

For a complete list of the 2018 All-Landmark Conference Softball Team, click here.

--ROYALS--