|Jennifer Sweeney||Megan Zinn||Meaghan Dowdell|
SCRANTON, Pa. - Sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) had the game-winning RBI single in extras, as The University of Scranton softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Marywood with a thrilling 8-7 win in eight innings on Wednesday afternoon.
In game one, the Royals coasted to a 12-1 win in five innings. With the doubleheader sweep, Scranton improved to 9-5 overall on the year.
Game One | Box Score
In the first game of the afternoon, the Royals stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back, run-ruling the Pacers in five innings after recording 10 extra-base hits (eight doubles, a triple, and a home run).
In the first, Scranton scored a pair of runs with two away, as Sweeney had an RBI single, and fellow sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) smacked an RBI double, scoring Sweeney to make it a 2-0 game.
But, in the second inning, the Royals pulled away, scoring five times to go up 7-0 on the Pacers.
In the frame, the Royals once again did all their damage with two outs and no one on base, as sophomore Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) had an RBI triple, freshman Jessica Indelicato (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) and junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) laced a pair of RBI doubles, and Sweeney smacked a two-run home run, putting Scranton up seven.
The hits kept coming for the Royals in the third (two runs) and fourth (three runs) innings, as they opened a 12-1 lead after three and a half. The run support was more than enough for starter sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) who tossed five innings, allowing just one run on a single hit, while striking out five batters to move to 5-1 on the year.
Overall in game one, Scranton had 13 hits and was led by Sweeney and Donnelly in the middle of the line-up. Sweeney ended the game going 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Donnelly was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Nine other Royals had hits in the win, as well.
Game Two | Box Score
In the second game, the Royals got off to a fast start, opening a 2-0 lead scoring a pair of runs on a Marywood error in the top of the first. The Pacers, however, roared back scoring a run in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead on Scranton after four innings.
Down by a run entering the sixth, the Royals took the lead back scoring twice. In the inning, freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Area) had an RBI single to tie the game, then sophomore Allie Hotchkiss (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Charles W. Baker) smacked an RBI double to give Scranton the lead back at 4-3.
But, Marywood tied the game back up in the bottom half of the frame with a run, as both teams went scoreless in their halves of the seventh to send the game to extras.
In the top half of the eighth, freshman Kira Livezey (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) knocked home junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) on a fielder's choice RBI to give the Royals the lead back at 5-4. Then, Zinn had a big hit, smashing a two-RBI single to give Scranton a 7-4 lead.
Sweeney then came up and laced an RBI single, a hit that proved to be the game-winner as the Royals went up 8-4 entering the bottom half of the eighth. There, the Pacers rallied, scoring three times, and had runners on first and second with two outs. But, Dowdell, who came on in relief in the seventh, fanned a Marywood batter to seal the win for Scranton.
Overall in game two, Zinn and Sweeney each had multiple hit games, with Zinn going 2-for-5 with two RBI and Sweeney posting a 2-for-4, one RBI, one run scored game at the plate. Scranton's other player with multiple hits was senior Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock), who went 2-for-3 in the win.
In the pitching circle, Dowdell earned the win in relief to move to 6-1 on the year, as she tossed an inning and two-thirds of relief while allowing two runs on three hits.
The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Saturday, as they open Landmark Conference play for the 2019 season at Juniata. The conference doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.