Softball Splits on Final Florida Day

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (3/1017) – Senior Emily Bissonnette went 4-for-6 as the Kean University softball team split its final two games at the Rebel Spring Games on Friday. The Cougars topped Rhodes College 5-4 in a thriller before falling to Plattsburgh State 6-2.

It was the first loss of the season for Kean (11-1).

Game One vs. Rhodes

Kean scored an unearned run in the first inning when Caroline Ratti singled and came home to score on a Cayleen Rizo single with the aid of an error.

Rhodes struck for two runs in the top half of the next inning on a two-out, 2-run double by Kayla Flores, but Dana Knapp gunned down a runner at the plate from centerfield to put an end to the threat. The Cougars answered when Amanda Berezny drove in Bissonnette in the home half to quickly tie the score.

Kean added three runs in the third: Emily Sabo, Knapp, Jacqueline Riley, Bissonnette and Samantha Krakower (pictured left) had hits in the frame to make the count 5-2.

Jackie Healy knocked a two-run homer for Rhodes in the fourth, but Kean starter Shannon McMahon shut the Lynx down the rest of the way to earn her sixth victory of the year. She surrendered just two earned runs and did not walk a batter. The two-time reigning NJAC Pitcher of the Week earned a big K in the final inning when Rhodes had put its leadoff hitter on.

Game Two vs. Plattsburgh

Kean's luck finally ran out in its Florida finale. Kean leaped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to three walks and two hit batters in the first, but the Cardinals scored six unanswered runs to win the first game they played all season.

Katie Pitkin pitched six innings to earn the win for Plattsburgh. Kean starter Taryn DiGiacomo allowed just three earned runs as she took the first loss of her young career after winning her first five starts. She struck out eight batters in her six innings.

The Cougars will now head North for the remainder of their schedule. Games will resume in a week on March 18 at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania.