Softball Wins Twice at Juniata to Open Landmark Conference Slate

Freshman Heather Alich had three hits including her first collegiate home run on Sunday as the Royals opened Landmark Conference play with a pair of wins at Juniata. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Freshman Heather Alich had three hits including her first collegiate home run on Sunday as the Royals opened Landmark Conference play with a pair of wins at Juniata. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Jennifer
Sweeney
Megan
Zinn
Heather
Alich
Meaghan
Dowdell
Cyan
Scarduzio
Maggie
Donnelly

 

*Editor's note: Updates Scranton's next game which is a non-conference doubleheader against Cedar Crest tonight starting at 5 p.m. at Magis Field.

Game 1 Box Score / Game 2 Box Score

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The University of Scranton softball team kicked off Landmark Conference play on Sunday by sweeping a doubleheader at Juniata.  The Royals (11-5, 2-0 Landmark), who have now won five straight games, took the opener 9-4 before defeating the Eagles (4-10, 0-2 Landmark) 17-7 in five innings to complete the sweep.   

Game 1

In Sunday's opener, Scranton took a 2-0 lead in their first at-bats before Juniata pulled to within a run in the bottom of the second.

The Royals countered with the next seven runs to hold a 9-1 advantage following the top of the sixth before the Eagles plated the final three runs of the contest.

Sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont), who tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts to notch the win in the circle, went 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks, three RBI to pace Scranton's offense.

Freshman Jessica Indelicato (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic), junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), and freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Area) added two hits apiece for the Royals, who held an 11-5 advantage in hits for the contest.

Game 2

In Sunday's second game, Juniata led 3-2 after two innings before Scranton scored 15 runs in innings three through five, highlighted by a seven-run fourth.

Sweeney had a huge game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored.  Sweeney, who hit a grand slam in the Scranton's big fourth inning, was one of three Royals to homer in the game as Alich and senior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) both hit their first career home runs in the win.

Zinn and sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy) added three hits apiece with Zinn and Alich driving in three runs apiece.  Zinn, who doubled twice, also scored a game-high four runs.

Sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) improved to 7-1 in the circle on the season, spinning a complete game with just one earned run against while striking out four batters.

The Royals finished with a commanding 14-6 advantage in hits in the game two victory.

Up Next

Scranton will host Cedar Crest in a non-conference doubleheader on Monday evening starting at 5 p.m. at Magis Field.

--ROYALS--