|Meaghan Dowdell||Mackenzie Duffy||Megan Zinn|
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - The University of Scranton softball team plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning, as the Royals battled to take a game two, extra-inning 4-1 win at King's on Monday afternoon.
In the first game of the day, King's came back from an early deficit to take a 3-2 win over Scranton. With the split, the Royals moved to 17-7 overall for the year.
Game Two - Scranton 4, King's 1 (8 Innings) | Box Score
In what was their second extra-inning game of the year, the Royals pulled out a three-run win thanks to smart base running, a big extra-base hit, and solid pitching by sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) all game long.
In the top of the first in the win, Scranton was first to attack, as sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) smacked an RBI double that scored junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), giving the Royals an early 1-0 lead.
That one run lead held for the next four innings, but King's tied the game up at 1-1 with a single run off of Dowdell in the bottom of the fifth. After both teams failed to muster a run over the final two innings of regulation, the game headed to extra frames knotted up at 1-1.
But, in the top of the eighth, the Royals put away the host Monarchs quickly.
With international tie-breaker rules in place, sophomore Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) was put on second base and scored quickly, as she came all the way home on a King's throwing error during freshman Jessica Indelicato's (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) at-bat to give Scranton the lead at 2-1.
With Indelicato on first, Zinn forced a walk to put two runners on with no outs. But, two straight Royals struck out, leaving Indelicato on second and Zinn on first with two outs.
But, freshman and reigning Landmark Conference Player of the Week Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Area) cleared the bases with a swing of the bat, roping a two-RBI double to give the Royals the lead for good at 4-1 entering the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Dowdell retired King's in order to end the game, as she tossed a complete game to move to 10-2 overall for the year. She allowed just a run on six hits in the victory, while striking out four and surrendering two walks.
At the plate, Zinn was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Alich was 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the offense in the game two win.
Game One - King's 3, Scranton 2 | Box Score
In the first game of the day, the Royals took a 2-1 lead on King's in the top of the third inning, but the host Monarchs scored the final two runs of the contest in bottom of the fifth and the bottom of the seventh, as a single by Kristi Ann Skok in the seventh won the game for King's.
Overall in the game two loss, Zinn led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Sweeney was 2-for-4 in the defeat, while junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) was a perfect 2-for-2, and Indelicato scored two runs.
In the pitching circle, Sweeney (7-4) took the defeat, allowing three runs on seven hits in six and two-thirds innings of work.
The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Wednesday, as they host Wilkes in a non-conference doubleheader at Magis Field. First pitch for game one is set for 4 p.m.