The University of Scranton gave visiting Moravian all they could handle on Sunday in a Landmark Conference softball doubleheader at Magis Field, but the Greyhounds, who are currently ranked 14th in the country, left with a pair of wins over the Royals.
Moravian (23-3, 8-0 Landmark) made an early lead stand and pulled away late to win Sunday's opener, 5-1, before rallying for a 4-3 victory in game two to extend its winning streak to 18 games.
A two-run home run in the top of the first of Sunday's first game gave the Greyhounds the early advantage, but Scranton (21-9, 5-3 Landmark) got a run back in the bottom of the first as freshman Jessica Indelicato (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) scored on an RBI single from sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy).
The score remained 2-1 in favor of Moravian heading into the seventh inning behind strong pitching and outstanding defense by both teams with no better defensive play than a diving catch by Scranton right fielder, sophomore Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), in the top of the sixth that saved a sure extra-base hit and kept the Royals within a run.
The Royals were unable to generate any offense after Duffy's highlight reel play and the Greyhounds tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh, including their second two-run homer of the game, to put away the victory.
Sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) suffered just her third loss in 14 starts this season after being charged with five runs on seven hits while striking out four batters.
Indelicato had a huge game at the plate for the Royals, going 4-for-4 and scoring Scranton's only runs in the contest.
Scranton outhit Moravian by a 9-7 margin in Sunday's opener.
Pitching and defense continued to be the story for the first six and a half innings of Sunday's nightcap as the game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the sixth with both teams collecting four hits apiece to that point.
Scranton took a 1-0 lead in the home sixth as sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont), who was taking care of the Moravian offense in the pitching circle, helped her own cause with an RBI single down the right field line that scored Indelicato from second to give the Royals a 1-0 advantage.
Down to their final three outs, Moravian tied the game at 1-1 on leadoff single in the top of the seventh before taking a 4-1 lead on a two-out, three-run double.
Scranton would not go quietly though as an RBI double from senior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) followed by a run-scoring single from Dowdell brought the Royals to within one at 4-3 with runners on first and second and nobody out.
Following Dowdell's RBI base hit, the Greyhounds made a pitching change and retired the next three Scranton batters to escape with the win.
Sophomore Allie Hotchkiss (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Charles W. Baker) went 3-for-3 while junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) added a pair of hits in the loss for the Royals, who again outhit the Greyhounds by a 10-8 margin.
Sweeney suffered the loss with four runs against on eight hits while striking out one.
Scranton will return to action next Saturday with a non-conference doubleheader against Hunter starting at 1 p.m. at Magis Field. The Royals will honor the team's two seniors, Scarduzio and Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock).