UNION, N.J. (4/8/17) - The No. 14 Kean University softball team dueled No. 6 Rowan University to a draw with first place in the NJAC on the line in Union on Saturday. Shannon McMahon earned the game one win to move to 11-0 on the season.
Rowan, which came into Saturday 22-2, went ahead 1-0 by playing small ball in the second inning. The Profs threatened again the next inning, but McMahon did well to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the frame. That escape sparked the Cougar offense.
In the home half of the inning, Cayleen Rizo led off with a hard hit up the middle. After a Rowan error, there were two runners in scoring position for Samantha Krakower. The sophomore came through with the go-ahead 2-RBI single to center that put the Cougars up 2-1.
The next inning, Emily Sabo, Rizo, Dana Knapp and Jacqueline Riley (pictured left) stroked consecutive base hits and Rowan committed three different errors as Kean tacked on four insurance runs. Rizo had two RBIs and Riley's hit clanged off the chain-link fence in right field.
McMahon did allow eight hits in the game, but all eight of them were singles. She also did not allow a walk for her ninth-straight game - a streak of 59 innings. She is now 11-0 on the season.
Kean scored the final six runs of the game unanswered. Sabo stole unattended second base twice in the game immediately after bunt singles, and Caroline Ratti also stole a base in game one.
The Profs scored all their runs in the first inning, The first four batters all reached base as Rowan took a 3-0 lead on RBI singles by Jesse DeDomenico, Morgan Smith and Nicole Paioti.
Kean struck back in the second when Krakower reached on catcher's interference and was brought in by Emily Bissonnette's two-out RBI single.
Riley started a rally in the third inning with a double to the wall in left-center. Krakower followed with a single and Amanda Berezny brought home the runner with an RBI base hit.
The Cougars had a hit in each of the final four innings but did not have any runs to show for it, getting edged out by a 3-2 final.
Freshman hurler Taryn DiGiacomo settled down nicely and shut out the hard-hitting Profs the rest of the way after the shaky first inning.
Lauren Shannon earned the win to move to 10-0 for the Profs this season.
The Cougars (19-3) will travel to New Jersey City University on Tuesday to continue NJAC play at 3 p.m.