JERSEY CITY, N.J. (4/11/17) – Senior Emily Sabo had four hits and classmate Shannon McMahon continued her stellar senior season in the circle as the No. 14 Kean University softball team topped New Jersey City University 9-0 and 4-1 in NJAC action on Tuesday.
Game one was never close; the Cougars hung six runs in the first inning. Caroline Ratti got the party started with a leadoff homer to right field. Six of the first seven Kean batters came around to score, capped by a two-RBI single by Olivia Zengel.
McMahon allowed just one hit in her complete-game win, moving to 12-0 on the season. She struck out six and did not walk a batter for the 10th-straight outing – all complete game wins. She needed just 66 pitches to get through game one.
Jacqueline Riley also had two RBIs in the first game.
Game two was tighter, with the teams combining for two scoreless frames to begin. Kean scratched across an unearned run in the third with the help of a double by Sabo.
NJAC got on the board for the first time all afternoon in their 10th inning of play with three singles in the fourth inning to tie it up. Other than that, Cougar starter Taryn DiGiacomo allowed just three other baserunners and struck out six without a walk to earn the ninth victory of her rookie campaign.
The Cougars unlocked the game in the sixth. Dana Knapp started the rally with a base on balls, Riley also singled and Kacie Worswick (pictured left) earned a bases-loaded walk to drive in what turned into the winning run. Senior Emily Bissonnette then pulled a two-RBI single down the leftfield line to put the Cougars up, 4-1.
DiGiacomo slammed the door by stranding a runner on third to end the game.
Kean will be back in action on Friday for a matinee at William Paterson University beginning at noon.