In possibly the most historic weekend in the history of The University of Scranton softball team, sophomore Jennifer Sweeney (Wind Gap, Pa./Dumont) won two games in the pitching circle and batted .429, as the Royals captured their first Landmark Conference championship in program history on Saturday.
For her efforts, Sweeney was named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week for the period ending May 5, 2019. This marks the first time in Sweeney's career at Scranton that she has captured Scranton Athlete of the Week honors, as well.
Sweeney kicked off her weekend at the Landmark Conference Championships on Friday besting 10th-ranked and top-seeded Moravian in the pitching circle in an eventual 5-2 win for the Royals, tossing a complete game in the victory. After a no-decision in a loss to Susquehanna to end the day Friday, Sweeney and the Royals had two win three games on Saturday to win the Landmark title, and they did so.
First, Sweeney tossed three and two-thirds in a start in the circle against Moravian to knock out the Greyhounds in a 9-6 win for the Royals. In the Moravian game, she also began to do damage at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
With the win, Scranton advanced to the Landmark championship series where they had to beat Susquehanna twice to win the title, and they did just that, taking game one, 5-2 and game two, 7-2.
In the first game, Sweeney only went 0-for-1 with a walk, but in the winner-take-all title game, she was dominant at the dish, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored, as the Royals coasted past the River Hawks to take the Landmark Conference title by five runs.
An All-Landmark Conference first team selection as a utility player, Sweeney will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 14-7 overall record and a 2.54 ERA. She's now tossed 18 complete games for the year and struck out 109 batters, leading the Landmark Conference in both categories.
At the plate, Sweeney is batting .352 for the year with a conference-high 46 RBI on eight home runs and 11 doubles, while scoring 31 total runs for the year.
The University of Scranton softball team now awaits where they will play in the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships. The full field will be announced at 1 p.m. Monday at NCAA.com.