MADISON, N.J. - Graduate student Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J/Wall) became the 26th player in program history to reach the 100 career hits mark, as The University of Scranton softball team finished off a four-game sweep of Drew on Monday with a pair of victories (17-0 in five innings/7-1) in a Landmark Conference doubleheader.
With the DH sweep, Scranton remained unbeaten on the year at 8-0 overall and in the Landmark Conference. Drew fell to 4-8 with the losses.
Game One | Box Score
For the seventh straight game, Scranton run-ruled an opponent in game one, absolutely rolling to a 17-run victory after smacking 19 hits (compared to just one for Drew).
Scranton scored runs in all five innings of the contest, including a five-run outburst in the second that gave the Royals a 6-0 lead, then a six-run spurt in the top of the fifth to end the game on an offensive flurry.
In the win, Scranton's offense was led by the reigning Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week senior Jennifer Sweeney (Wind Gap, Pa./Dumont) who went 3-for-5 with four RBI's, while graduate student Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) also had a huge game, going 4-for-5 with three RBI's and two runs scored.
Elsewhere, freshman Sarah Stepnowski (Monroe Twp., N.J./Monroe) went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while sophomore Isabella Gorzkowski (Pittston, Pa./Scranton Prep) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Sophomore Lauren Cawley (Duryea, Pa./Scranton Prep) was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, and junior Heather Alich (Bath, Pa./Northampton Area) went 2-for-4 with two RBI's and a double. DeSarno rounded out the top performances on offense in game one, going 1-for-2 with two RBI's and a run scored.
In the pitching circle, Sweeney once again was brilliant, tossing a one-hit shutout to move to 5-0 on the year. Striking out four in the victory, Sweeney walked just one batter and retired 12 of the final 13 batters of the game.
Game Two | Box Score
For the first time all year, the Royals played a full seven innings in a game, but it also saw Scranton open an insurmountable 7-0 lead in the top of the sixth and never look back in a six-run victory to complete the sweep.
After three scoreless innings for both teams, Scranton attacked in the top of the fourth with four runs.
Ironically enough, it was DeSarno's 100th career hit that broke the scoreless tie, as her two-RBI single in the frame gave the Royals a 2-0 lead. The other RBI hit of the inning was by freshman Jessica Stadler (Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick) who had a two-RBI single that gave Scranton a four-run edge.
After tacking on another run in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Stepnowski that made it 5-0, Scranton put Drew away for the series with two more runs in the sixth, both of which came on an RBI double by Sweeney.
The run support was more than enough for senior starter Meaghan Dowdell (Parlin, N.J./Old Bridge) to work with, as she tossed a complete game, scattering six hits while allowing a single run in the bottom of the seventh. With the victory, Dowdell moved to 3-0 on the year in the pitching circle.
The University of Scranton softball team will now take the week off and are currently scheduled to return to action on Saturday, April 17 when they open a Landmark Conference series with a home doubleheader against Susquehanna at Magis Field. Fans are reminded to check athletics.scranton.edu for updates on the Royals' schedule.