KISSIMMEE, Fla. (3/8/17) – Shannon McMahon and Taryn DiGiacomo tossed their second-straight shutouts, while Emily Sabo became just the second Cougar to knock 200 hits and tied the Kean career stolen bases mark in an eventful sweep of Penn State-Altoona and St. Joseph's of Long Island on Wednesday.
The wins extend the best-ever start to a Kean softball season to 10-0. Cougar pitching has not allowed a run in the last four games – a streak of 29-straight scoreless innings.
Game One vs. Penn State Altoona.
Sabo (pictured left) wasted little time tying Lacy Thiery's career stolen bases record by swiping third base in the first inning for No. 63 in her career. Caroline Ratti also stole a base in the frame, and both players came around to score in the first.
The Cougars tacked on three more in the fourth: Samantha Krakower and Amanda Berezny started the frame with singles. Olivia Zengel dropped a sac bunt to score Krakower, and then Ratti smacked a no-doubt-about it two-run homer well over the leftfield fence for a 7-0 lead. It was her first collegiate home run.
Emily Bissonnette and Berezny singled to start the final rally in the fifth. Zengel drove in the game's final run with a safety squeeze as Kean went up by the magic eight-run margin.
McMahon needed less than 50 pitches to toss her second-straight shutout and third blank slate in five starts this season. 38 of the 49 pitches she threw were strikes, and she did not allow a runner past second base. She is now 5-0 on the season.
Every player in the Cougar lineup either reached base or drove in a run against the Lions. The game also featured Kean's first double play of the season, starting with a dribbler back to McMahon to Rizo at short and on to Riley at first.
Game Two vs. St. Joseph's
Kean played its most tense affair of the season thus far with the Eagles in game two. DiGiacomo and SJC's Theresa Cardello were in control, throwing up zero after zero on the scoreboard.
Cardello scattered seven hits and was in trouble only once in the first seven innings, -when Riley hit a double in the fourth - but she pitched out of it.
DiGiacomo struck out a career-high 11 batters, none bigger than the one with one out and the go-ahead placed runner on third in the eighth inning. She also earned a K in the ninth – she was so stingy that she did not even allow the two placed runners to score.
The freshman has allowed exactly one run in 32 innings pitched, with four shutouts in her first five collegiate starts. She has struck out 31 and allowed just one extra-basehit.
The Cougars scored the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth. Knapp was placed on second and moved to third on a line-drive single by Riley. The veteran Bissonnette did her job with a long flyball to center. Knapp was able to score standing up on the sac fly as Kean walked off with its tenth victory of the season.
Kean has outscored its opponents 66-3 overall on the year.
The Cougars will enjoy a day off in Florida before wrapping up their Spring Break trip with games against Rhodes College and Plattsburgh State beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Friday.