Zinn Smashes Two Records, as Softball Punches Landmark Playoff Ticket with DH Sweep at E-Town

Senior Megan Zinn and the Royals softball team kicks off their 2020 season on Mar. 7 when they host NYU at Magis Field.
Senior Megan Zinn and the Royals softball team kicks off their 2020 season on Mar. 7 when they host NYU at Magis Field.
Megan Zinn Jennifer Sweeney
Heather Alich Anna Price


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) of The University of Scranton softball team broke program records for both hits (64) and doubles (20) in a season on the afternoon, as the Royals swept Elizabethtown by scores of 10-3 and 10-4 on Saturday in Landmark Conference action.

With the doubleheader sweep, Scranton finishes the 2019 regular season with a 28-12 mark and a 7-5 ledger in the Landmark Conference.

And, with their game one win, the Royals clinched their bid into the upcoming Landmark Championships, marking the second straight season they will play in the event that begins Friday.

Game One - Scranton 10, Elizabethtown 3 | Box Score

In the first game, the Royals scored runs in the first six innings of play. Up 4-3 entering the fourth, Scranton scored the final six runs of play to clinch a Landmark playoff bid.

Overall in the win, Zinn and junior Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) both went 3-for-4 to lead the offense. Zinn had a double with three RBI and two runs scored in the victory, while Price had two RBI in the contest.

Three other players, meanwhile, had multiple hits in the game one victory.

Sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Wind Gap, Pa./Dumont) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while sophomore Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) was also 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Junior Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) rounded out the players with multiple hits in game one also going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In the pitching circle in the win, Sweeney ended her regular season with a 12-7 record, as she tossed a complete game with two strikeouts.

Game Two - Scranton 10, Elizabethtown 4 | Box Score

Despite having the Landmark Conference playoff bid locked up, the Royals came out on fire in the second game against the Blue Jays, as they opened a 6-2 lead after two and a half innings and never looked back in a six-run win to end the regular season on a high note.

At the dish in game two, Zinn and freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northhampton Area) led the way, each going 3-for-4. Zinn, who recorded her 64th hit and 20th double of the season in the win to break school records in both categories, also had an RBI and scored twice. Alich, meanwhile, cracked her third home run of the year in the victory, while recording two RBI.

Sweeney, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBI. Sweeney, who scored twice, smashed her seventh home run of the year in the top of the third inning, which was a two-run blast.

In the pitching circle, sophomore Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) was victorious on the day, as she tossed six innings and struck out five. She also helped out her own cause at the plate, as she posted two RBI on a hit in the win.

Scranton will now enter the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships as the number four seed, as the Royals will take on top-seeded and host Moravian in the first game of the event on Friday at 11 a.m.

More information on the 2019 Landmark Conference Softball Championships will be posted throughout the week at athletics.scranton.edu and on Twitter @RoyalAthletics.