Softball Cruises Past Keystone in Doubleheader Sweep to Extend Win Streak to Nine Games

Junior Casey DeSarno hit the first home run of her career in Scranton's game one victory, as the Royals went on to sweep a doubleheader at Keystone on Wednesday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Junior Casey DeSarno hit the first home run of her career in Scranton's game one victory, as the Royals went on to sweep a doubleheader at Keystone on Wednesday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Heather Alich Jennifer Sweeney Megan Zinn
Casey DeSarno Meaghan Dowdell Cyan Scarduzio

 

LA PLUME, Pa. - It was smooth sailing once again for The University of Scranton softball team on Wednesday, as the Royals coasted past host Keystone in a pair of victories (14-2 and 12-1), both of which were finished off by Scranton in five innings of play.

With the doubleheader sweep of the host Giants, Scranton improved to 15-5 overall and are winners of nine straight games overall. Keystone fell to 4-10 with the losses.

Game One | Box Score

In the first game of the afternoon, the Royals jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the top of the third inning and never looked back, sewing up a 12-run victory in the fifth after allowing just two runs on five hits (the Royals bashed 18 hits in the game one win as a team).

At the dish in game one, junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was a perfect 4-for-4, with two doubles, and scored four times, while fellow junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) was also perfect at the plate in game one, going 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. DeSarno's long ball was the first of her three-year career, as well.

Elsewhere, sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) continued her solid play at the plate with a 3-for-4, two RBI, three runs scored game, while senior Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) was 2-for-3 with a three-RBI double early in the game. Freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northhampton Area) and sophomore Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) rounded out the top offensive performers in game one, both going 2-for-3. Alich had two RBI and a run scored, while Duffy scored a run in the win.

In the pitching circle in game one, Sweeney moved to 6-3 overall for the year after allowing two runs on four hits in four innings of work. She also struck out three in the victory, as well.

Game Two | Box Score

It was more of the same for Scranton in game two, as the Royals raced out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the second, then tacked on two runs, apiece, in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away in five.

Scranton smashed 17 more hits in game two, led by Sweeney, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Alich was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Zinn finished off her day going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while senior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) was 2-for-3 and belted a solo home run, which was the second of her season/career.

In the pitching circle in game two, sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) continued her strong play with another win, moving to 9-1 on the year after allowing an unearned run on three hits in four innings of work. Dowdell, who has now won six games in a row for Scranton, also fanned six batters in the victory.

The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Saturday, as they jump back into Landmark Conference play with a doubleheader with Catholic. First pitch for game one at Magis Field is set for 1 p.m.

--ROYALS--