SCRANTON, Pa. - The University of Scranton softball team lost a late lead in game one, and could not come back from an early deficit in game two, as visiting Susquehanna captured a pair of Landmark Conference games at Magis Field on Wednesday night by scores of 4-3 and 6-3.
With the losses, Scranton dropped to 23-11 overall and 5-5 in the Landmark Conference, while Susquehanna improved to 15-12 and 6-4 in the Landmark with the victories.
In game one of the double-dip, neither team could muster a run across the board in the first four innings against the game's starting pitchers Scranton sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) and Susquehanna's Amanda Secklinger.
Finally, in the top of the fifth, Susquehanna cracked the scoreless tie with a single run, taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the frame. But there, the Royals attacked, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning. In the frame, Sweeney had an RBI single, while freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Arena) had a huge two-RBI double, as both hits came with two outs.
However, the lead for Scranton was short-lived, as Susquehanna tallied three runs in the top of the sixth inning to go back up by a run. In the sixth and seventh innings, the Royals went down quietly, as the River Hawks used the sixth inning rally to take a one-run win.
Overall in the first game, Alich was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI, while junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) was 2-for-2. Sweeney rounded out the top performers at the plate in game one, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. In the pitching circle, Sweeney took the loss for Scranton (10-6), allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings of work, while striking out six.
In the second game, Susquehanna jumped on Scranton with four runs in the first two innings. Trailing 4-0, the Royals were unable to plate a run until the bottom of the sixth inning, as Alich roped another two-RBI double to slice the River Hawks lead in half to 4-2 entering the final inning.
But, in the seventh, Susquehanna added a pair of unearned runs to go up 6-2 entering the bottom half of the inning. There, Scranton was able to plate a run, but that was all, as the River Hawks completed the sweep with a three-run victory.
Overall in the second game, senior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was the only Royal to have multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored. In the pitching circle, sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) took the loss (13-4) after only tossing an inning and two-thirds allowing four runs on six hits. Sweeney came in the game in the bottom of the second in relief and tossed over five innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out three.
The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Monday, as they host Penn State Hazleton in their final non-conference doubleheader at Magis Field for the 2019 season. First pitch for game one is set for 4 p.m.