The University of Scranton extended its win streak to seven games by claiming a pair of five-inning, run-rule victories over visiting Cedar Crest in non-conference softball action on Monday night at Magis Field. The Royals (13-5) won the first game 10-0 before completing the sweep of the Falcons (4-11) with an 11-3 win in game two.
Scranton took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, sending all nine batters to the plate in the inning and added two more runs in the home second to stake out a six-run cushion.
The Royals plated four more runs in the bottom of the fourth before shutting the Falcons down in the top of the fifth to close out the run-rule victory.
Sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) pitched four innings of one-hit ball, holding the Falcons scoreless while yielding just a two-out fourth inning single. Sweeney struck out four batters while recoding her fifth win of the season.
Freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Area) paced Scranton's offense, going 2-for-3 with four RBI while Sweeney drove in a pair of runs.
Freshman Jessica Indelicato (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) scored three runs in the win for the Royals, who outhit the Falcons 8-2 in the ballgame.
Sophomore Erin Kerr (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) pitched a scoreless fifth inning to close out the victory, preserving the shutout by stranding a runner at third to end the game.
In the second game of the evening, Scranton built a 5-0 lead after three innings before Cedar Crest battled back with a three-run fourth inning to cut its deficit to two runs.
The Royals responded in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs on five hits to walk off with their second five-inning run-rule win of the evening
Sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) improve to 8-1 on the season in the pitching circle, tossing a complete game with three runs against on five hits while striking out three batters.
Alich and Indelicato had two hits and two RBI apiece with Indelicato also scoring a pair of runs to lead the Royals' offense.
Dowdell and sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Our Lady of Mercy Academy) also recorded two hits and scored a pair of runs apiece while junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) contributed two RBI in the win.
The Royals finished the game two victory with an 11-5 advantage in hits while the Falcons committed the game's only error.
Scranton will visit Keystone on Wednesday for a non-conference twinbill. First pitch between the Royals and Giants is set for 3 p.m. in La Plume, Pa.