|Casey DeSarno||Megan Zinn|
|Brianna Lehr||Jennifer Sweeney|
CLERMONT, Fla. – The University of Scranton softball team closed out its spring break trip on Thursday by splitting a pair of non-conference games in the Sunshine State. The Royals defeated the Coast Guard Academy 6-2 in Thursday's opener before falling to Stockton in five innings, 11-0.
The Royals will bring a 6-4 record back to Scranton, where they will host Misericordia in a non-conference doubleheader on Monday. First pitch of the Royals' home-opening doubleheader with the Cougars is set for 4 p.m. at Magis Field.
Game 1 vs. Coast Guard
Coast Guard (3-4) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of Thursday's opening game before Scranton answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Royals took a 3-1 lead as junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Rartitan) hit a two-run triple before coming home on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy).
The Royals extended their lead to 4-1 in the home second as sophomore Brianna Lehr (Byram Township, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) connected on an RBI double.
The Bears got a run back in the visitor's sixth, but Scranton closed out the scoring in the home sixth as sophomore Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) drove in a pair of runs with a double.
Sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) pitched a complete game to earn the victory in the circle, surrendering just one earned run on five hits while striking out five batters.
Lehr and junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) had two hits apiece to lead the Royals with Lehr doubling twice and DeSarno scoring a pair of runs for Scranton in the win.
Game 2 vs Stockton
Stockton scored four runs in the second inning before tacking on six more in the third in Thursday's nightcap to pull away for the run-rule victory while improving to 5-3 on the season.
The Ospreys were powered by the long ball, hitting three home runs including a three-run homer and a pair of two-run round-trippers.
Stockton held an 11-4 advantage in hits for the contest with Zinn, DeSarno, senior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) and freshman Erika Witt (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) accounting for the Royals' hits, all of which were singles.
Sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) suffered her first loss of the season in the circle with seven runs against and two strikeouts in two innings pitched while freshman Kira Livezey (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) yielded four runs while fanning three batters in the final two innings for the Royals.