|Megan Zinn||Jennifer Sweeney|
The defending Landmark Conference champions, The University of Scranton softball team was picked to finish second in the 2020 Landmark Conference preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday morning.
Leading the poll is Moravian, who garnered 57 total points and five first-place votes to lead the way. Scranton was in second with 43 points and a first-place vote, while Catholic came in third with 32 points. Rounding out the top four was Susquehanna, who tallied 31 total points and also received a first-place vote.
Finishing the poll was Elizabethtown in fifth (14 total points), Drew in sixth (12 total points) and Juniata in seventh (seven total points). For the full release from the Landmark Conference, click here: https://landmarkconference.org/sports/sball/2019-20/releases/02252020-sball-preseason-poll
Entering the 2020 campaign, Scranton will return some of the key pieces from last season's historic squad that finished 32-15, won the programs first Landmark Conference crown, and earned a bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 1983.
Leading Scranton offensively will be senior outfielder Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), who last year was an NFCA Third Team All-American and All-Landmark Conference First Team selection after batting .459 in 47 games, totaling 43 RBI's and scoring 51 runs. Zinn, who has 164 career hits entering the season, finds herself just 22 hits away from tying the program record, as she is a career .407 hitter.
Meanwhile, junior Jennifer Sweeney (Wind Gap, Pa./Dumont) returns to lead the pitching staff, while also continuing to contribute at the plate, as well. Last year, Sweeney went 14-8 with a 2.79 ERA, while fanning 111 batters in the circle, while at the dish, she batted .344 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 46 RBI's. For her efforts, she was both an All-Landmark First Team and NFCA All-Region pick as a utility player.
The Royals will begin their 2020 season on Saturday, Mar. 7 when they host NYU at Magis Field for a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. It will be the first of nine dates at home for the Royals throughout the spring, as Scranton hosts Juniata (Mar. 22), Drew (Apr. 4), and Elizabethtown (Apr. 25) in Landmark Conference action.
For the full 2020 University of Scranton softball schedule, click here: https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/sball/2019-20/schedule.