|Meaghan Dowdell||Jennifer Sweeney|
|Megan Zinn||Casey DeSarno|
MADISON, N.J. - The sophomore pitching duo of Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) and Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) tossed a pair of complete games in the circle, as The University of Scranton softball team swept a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Drew on Saturday, taking game one by a score of 6-4, then game two, 8-2.
With the victories, the Royals, now winners of five in a row, improved to 21-7 overall and 5-1 in the Landmark Conference. Scranton also clinched a 20-win season with their game one win, the eighth in program history and the fourth straight for the program
Game One: Scranton 6, Drew 4 | Box Score
In game one, the Royals broke open a game that was knotted up at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, as they plated three runs to take a 4-1 lead. In the frame, senior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had the big hit, smacking a three-RBI, bases-clearing double with the bases loaded to give the Royals a three-run edge.
After adding another run in the top of the fifth to make it a 5-1 Scranton lead, Drew added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to slice the Scranton lead down to 5-3 entering the seventh.
In the final inning, though, the Royals added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to make it a 6-3 game. In the bottom of the seventh, the Rangers were able to score, but Sweeney was able to get out of a jam to end the game, as she struck out a Drew batter (who was the game's tying run) to end the game.
Overall in game one, Zinn led the way, going 2-for-5 with three RBI, while sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) went 2-for-2 with a run scored while walking twice to reach base four times on the day.
In the pitching circle, Sweeney moved to 9-4 for the year after striking out six in seven innings of work, while allowing three earned runs and six hits on the day.
Game Two: Scranton 8, Drew 2 | Box Score
After a quiet first three innings for both teams, Scranton pulled away over the final four frames, as they plated two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead after four and a half.
Drew, however, sliced the Scranton lead in half in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs to make it a 4-2 game. But, that would be the last time the Rangers would score on the day, as Scranton scored a run in the six and three more in the seventh to put the game away.
Overall in game two, four players had multiple-hit games, paced by junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) who went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a double, and a run scored. Zinn finished off her day by going 2-for-4 with an RBI, a double, and two runs scored, while Donnelly was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Rounding out the players with multiple hits in game two was sophomore Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the leadoff spot for Scranton, as the Royals smacked 12 hits in the second game.
Dowdell, meanwhile, was solid all game, tossing another complete game to move to 12-2 overall for the year. Both runs Dowdell gave up in the game were unearned, as she fanned four batters and allowed just one walk in the victory.
The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Sunday, as they return to Magis Field to take on 14th-ranked Moravian in a key Landmark Conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m.