Royals Salvage Landmark Split With Moravian By Winning Nightcap, 6-5, On Two-Run Single By Shackles In Seventh Inning

JESSUP, Pa.—Moravian College has always been the top dog in the Landmark Conference, but The University of Scranton softball team showed Saturday afternoon at the Jessup Youth Softball Complex that it's not too far behind.

After being drubbed 15-0 in five innings to the four-time defending champion Lady Greyhounds in the opener, the Royals pulled out a dramatic 6-5 victory on a two-run, walk-off single by junior Jamie Shackles (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) in the seventh inning in the nightcap.

Scranton trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning before the fireworks began.   Junior Megan Reilly (Huntington Station, NY/St. Anthony's) hit a pinch-hit three-run home run to left center—the first home run of her career—to give the Royals a short-lived 4-3 lead.

The Lady Greyhounds then regained the lead by pushing two runs across the plate in the top of the seventh, scoring one on a wild pitch and the other on an RBI single by junior Shannen Mohr (Slatington, Pa./Parkland).

In the bottom of the seventh, senior Kelly Zaccheo (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton) singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, and moved over to third on a single by junior Kaitlyn Frazza (West Caldwell, NJ/James Caldwell), who stole second to move into scoring position.  Shackles then delivered a line drive into the gap in left center field to knock in the winning runs.

Freshman pitcher Catherine Galvin (Highland Hills, NY/Monroe Woodbury) struck out six and allowed just four hits in picking up the win for Scranton, now 21-3 overall and 4-2 in the Landmark Conference.  In her last two outings, Galvin has allowed a total of only five hits while improving her record to 4-0

Zaccheo finished with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and sophomore Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas) had two to pace Scranton's nine-hit attack.

Sophomore Cassie Ernst (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona) hit a solo home run and junior Amanda Dizinno (Budd Lake, NJ/Mount Olive) smacked an RBI double in the fourth inning for Moravian.

In the first game, Moravian belted out 17 hits, including nine doubles and a home run, and winning pitcher Jenna Carmon (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) limited Scranton to just two hits, one each by Frazza and freshman Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View).

The Royals, Moravian and Catholic University are now tied for second place in the Landmark Conference, one game behind Susquehanna University.  Scranton will return to action next Saturday, April 21, against Catholic University in Washington, DC, beginning at 1:00 p.m.