Three Earn First Team Honors to Headline All-Landmark Conference Softball Accolades for 2019

Three Earn First Team Honors to Headline All-Landmark Conference Softball Accolades for 2019
Heather Alich Jennifer Sweeney Megan Zinn
Maggie Donnelly Meaghan Dowdell Jessica Indelicato

 

Three members of The University of Scranton softball team earned First Team All-Landmark Conference honors for the season on Thursday morning - freshman Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Area), sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Wind Gap, Pa./Dumont) and junior Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) - to headline six total selections to the All-Landmark Teams for the Royals.

Meanwhile, three other players earned Second Team All-Landmark accolades - sophomores Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) and Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) and freshman Jessica Indelicato (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic).

All six Royals have led the team all season long, as Scranton finished the regular season with a 28-12 mark and a 7-5 ledger in the Landmark Conference, as the Royals qualified for the Landmark Conference playoffs, which will begin on Friday at Moravian.

Scranton's first All-Landmark Conference First Team selection did so in her first year in the program at first base in Alich, who was outstanding in her rookie season. In 37 games played, Alich has batted. 378 with 10 doubles, three home runs, a triple, and 38 RBI. With 42 hits on the year, Alich has also scored 15 runs, while posting a .568 slugging percentage.

Zinn, meanwhile, earns a spot on the All-Landmark honors for the third straight season in the outfield, nabbing First Team accolades for the second time in her career last earning the honor in 2017.

In 2019, Zinn has been a force on the offensive end, leading the Royals in almost every statistical category. A .478 hitter for the year, Zinn broke the program record for hits (64) and doubles (20) this season while knocking in 39 RBI and scoring 46 runs. Finishing the regular season first in the Landmark in five different offensive categories, Zinn at one point during the season had a 20-game hitting streak and recorded a hit in 35 of the 40 games the Royals played in on the year.

Earning a First Team selection as a utility player for the second straight season was Sweeney, who once again put together a solid season in the pitching circle and at the plate.

In the circle, Sweeney ended the year leading the Landmark Conference in complete games (17) and strikeouts (107), while posting a 12-7 record and a 2.42 ERA. At the plate, Sweeney was just as powerful, finishing first in the conference in RBI with 41 and second in the conference in home runs with seven, while batting .344 with nine doubles and 28 runs scored.

Donnelly, meanwhile, had a breakout sophomore season at shortstop to earn Second Team accolades from the Landmark. At the plate, she finished the regular season batting .350 with 41 hits, 13 doubles, three triples, and 23 RBI while scoring 40 runs. On defense, she was just as strong, posting 52 putouts and 60 assists in 120 total chances for the year.

The Royals' second pitcher all season, Dowdell also nabbed All-Landmark honors for the first time in her career on Thursday after putting together a solid season in the circle. Finishing the regular year with a 16-4 record in 19 starts, Dowdell had 12 complete games and posted 94 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.64. She also tossed a pair of shutout victories on the year, as well.

Rounding out the All-Landmark Conference selections for Scranton was Indelicato, who made her presence known right from the start in her rookie season. Starting in 39 games at second base, Indelicato had 71 putouts and 66 assists at her position for the season. Meanwhile, at the plate, she ended the regular year batting .319 with seven doubles, a triple and eight RBI. She also stole eight bases and scored 29 runs for the year, as well.

For the full 2019 All-Landmark Conference softball teams, click here.

Scranton, who is the number four seed, will open play in the 2019 Landmark Conference playoffs on Friday, as they take on host and top-seeded Moravian in their first game. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. in Bethlehem.

--ROYALS--