KISSIMMEE, Fla. (3/5/17) – The Kean University softball team topped Lakeland University and Penn State Berks at the Rebel Spring Games to remain undefeated (6-0) on the year.
Game One vs. Lakeland
Muskie starter Taylor Bush was effectively wild to start the game, while her Kean counterpart Shannon McMahon was all strikes. After four innings, McMahon had thrown 48 pitches; 39 were over the plate. Both hurlers kept the offenses off the board through the first four innings.
Lakeland scratched across a run in the home half of the fifth, when pinch hitter Mackenzie Gray knocked a two-out RBI single to break the scoreless tie.
Kean had just six outs to mount a comeback bid.
In the top of the sixth Jacqueline Riley, who has been in the middle of seemingly every Cougar rally, started this one with a one-out single. Caroline Ratti was hit by a pitch to put a runner in scoring position, and though Samantha Krakower stroked a single to right field, the Muskies gunned down the run at the plate to keep their lead. That left it up to Amanda Berezny, with two on and two out. The senior came through with a single down the leftfield line to tie the game up at one.
In the seventh, the Cougars exploded for three runs on five hits. Olivia Zengel started with a single and Dana Knapp, Erin Hollyfield (pictured left), Ratti and Berezny had four-straight two-out hits as Kean finally solved Bush and chased her from the game.
McMahon got the Muskies to go 1-2-3 in the home half to earn her third win of the year. She finished with four strikeouts and did not allow a walk.
Game Two vs. Penn State – Berks
Kean starter Taryn DiGiacomo ran into trouble in the second and surrendered her first collegiate run on four hits, but came back to earn a called strike three to leave the bases loaded and limit the damages.
The game followed a familiar pattern: for the third time in six games this season, the Cougars fell behind 1-0, yet came back to win.
Kean struck for four runs in the second and four more in the third to take all the wind out of Berks' sails. Katie Garbarino and Berezny had RBI hits in the second and Ratti stroked a 2-RBI single to left in the third.
The team reached the magic eight-run level on an RBI double by Cayleen Rizo, and Knapp drove her in to provide the team's 10th run.
DiGiacomo allowed just three more baserunners over the rest of the game and struck out five in five innings for her third victory this season.
The Cougars will enjoy a day off in Florida before returning to action on Tuesday in Kissimmee with games against Defiance and Bridgewater (Va.) Colleges beginning at 9 a.m.