The University of Scranton and Misericordia split a pair of non-conference softball games on Monday at Magis Field in the home opener for the Royals. The Cougars (10-4) rallied for a 9-5 victory in the opener before Scranton (7-5) rebounded for an 8-6 triumph in the nightcap.
In Monday's opener, Misericordia scored eighth unanswered runs to overcome a 5-1 deficit and defeat Scranton.
Misericordia scored a run in their first at-bats of the first game before Scranton sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, taking a 5-1 lead with five runs.
The Cougars got a run back in the top of the third before using a four-run fourth to go back in front, 6-5 before tacking on three insurance runs in the visitor's seventh to stretch their lead to four runs.
Scranton put a pair of runners on-base in their final at-bats, but were unable to push any runs across to start a rally.
Sophomores Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont), and Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) each had two hits to lead the Royals in the loss.
Donnelly and junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) both doubled for Scranton.
Sweeney suffered the loss in the circle despite striking out seven batters in the complete game effort.
Misericordia, which received six shutout innings in relief from winning pitcher Miranda Bohn, held an 11-8 advantage in hits in the game.
In Monday's second game, Scranton scored eight straight runs of their own and held off a comeback bid by Misericordia to post the 8-6 win.
The Cougars struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first, but the Royals countered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning with sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) connecting on a two-run double to put the hosts ahead, 3-2.
Scranton used four hits in the fourth inning to plate five runs, opening up an 8-2 lead. After RBI singles from Duffy and freshman Jessica Indelicato (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic), Sweeney delivered the big shot of the inning, a three-run double to the right field fence.
Misericordia cut its deficit to 8-3 with a run in the visitor's fifth before scoring three times in the top of the sixth to make it an 8-6 ballgame, but that would mark the end of the scoring for either team.
Dowdell tossed a complete game to post the win, allowing six runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits while striking out six batters.
Sweeney and senior Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) had two hits apiece to lead Scranton's offense as the Royals held a 9-7 advantage in hits in the win.
Scranton will make the short trip across town to Marywood on Wednesday to take on Marywood in a non-conference twinbill starting at 3 p.m.