UNION, N.J. (4/5/17) – Senior Emily Sabo of the No. 13 Kean University softball team broke the program's all-time hits record as the Cougars swept rival Montclair State University at home on Wednesday by identical 7-3 scores.
MSU plated its leadoff runner in the first inning, and it took until the third inning for Kean to get it back. Emily Bissonnette led off with a walk and came around to score on Sabo's RBI triple to knot the game at one.
The Cougars added four runs in the fourth inning – three came in on the opposite-field blast over the rightfield wall by Caroline Ratti. Senior Amanda Berezny had an RBI base hit in the frame, and Jacqueline Riley and Samantha Krakower also had hits in the fourth.
The Red Hawks knocked four singles in the fifth inning to trim the new Kean lead down to two, but Dana Knapp ended the threat by gunning down the final out at third base from centerfield.
Kean tacked on two more in the home half of the frame to pump the lead back up to four. Krakower stroked an RBI double and Sara Vocisano (pictured left) had an RBI single to left for the final Kean run.
Starter Shannon McMahon improved to 10-0 on the season with the complete-game victory. She struck out four and did not allow a walk or extra basehit, as is her wont.
Sabo broke the hits record with a bunt single in the third inning, which saw six other Cougar hits and five runs. Bissonnette, Ratti, Sabo, Rizo, Riley, Krakower and Vocisano all knocked hits as Kean took a 6-0 lead.
Kean had gone up 1-0 after the first when Rizo doubled and Knapp singled her home.
Taryn DiGiacomo was cruising through six innings. Her only hiccup was a fourth inning two-run home run surrendered to Elena Radesich. Montclair scratched across one unearned run in the seventh to make the final scores identical: 7-3.
The freshman hurler threw the complete game with two strikeouts to move to 8-2 on the year.
Sabo broke former teammate Megan Cegielski's career record of 212 hits during game two on Wednesday. She now has 215 to her name and counting.
The Rahway native knocked her third hit of game two in the sixth inning and was driven home by Rizo for the final Kean run. Rizo and Knapp both had multiple-RBI performances in the second contest.
Kean will remain home to host Lebanon Valley University on Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Rain is in the forecast, so be sure to follow @KeanSoftball on Twitter and Instagram for the latest weather updates.