|Meaghan Dowdell||Megan Zinn|
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had two RBI, while sophomore pitcher Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout, as The University of Scranton softball team salvaged a doubleheader split on Thursday at Muhlenberg with a 2-0 win in game two.
In game one, Muhlenberg rallied in the seventh inning to take a 2-1 victory over Scranton. With the split, the Royals moved to 26-12 on the year.
In the game two win, all Scranton needed to take the victory was a pair of RBI plays by Zinn in the third and seventh innings. In the third, she had an RBI sacrifice fly that scored sophomore Allie Hotchkiss (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Charles W. Baker), while in the seventh, Zinn scored Hotchkiss again on an RBI fielder's choice.
The two runs were all Dowdell needed to work with in the shutout win, which pushed her record to 15-4 on the year. Allowing just three hits, Dowdell struck out five in the victory, as the shutout, complete game win was Dowdell's second of the year, with the last coming against Mount Union on Mar. 11.
In game one, it was a pitcher's duel throughout, with Zinn finally breaking a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI double that scored freshman Erika Witt (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern), giving the Royals a 1-0 lead that held into the bottom of the seventh.
There, sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Wind Gap, Pa./Dumont), who took a one-hitter into the seventh, allowed a pair of runs (one of which was unearned), as Muhlenberg completed the comeback with an RBI single with one out. With the loss, Sweeney dropped to 11-7 on the year, as she allowed just four hits and struck out three in six and one-third's innings of work.
The University of Scranton softball team now sets its sights on their regular season finale at Elizabethtown on Saturday, as the Landmark Conference doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. With one victory on the day, Scranton will clinch a spot in the Landmark Playoffs, which begin on May 3.