UNION, N.J. (4/20/17) – The No. 21 Kean University softball team topped Lebanon Valley College 2-0 and then 6-5 in a wild come-from-behind walkoff win at home on Thursday. Kean is now 25-5 on the year, while the Dutchmen sink to 22-12.
Kean starter Shannon McMahon needed only 32 pitches to get through the first four innings; she was perfect in that stretch except for a questionable call on an infield hit at first base to lead off the third frame.
In the third, Caroline Ratti began with a walk and stole second, then was sacrificed to third. With two outs, Knapp laced a hard shot down the leftfield line. The third baseman knocked it down, but it ricocheted out of her glove. Ratti was off with contact and scored easily.
McMahon (pictured left) used 50 pitches to get through six innings and just 62 to spin her sixth shutout of the season. Game one was over in an hour and 14 minutes.
Kean starter Taryn DiGiacomo worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third, inducing back-to-back popups to keep LVC off the board for the 10th-straight inning.
After LVC tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth, Riley unknotted the game quickly. In the bottom half of the inning, she came through with a two-out RBI single through the right side.
The Dutchmen struck for three in the sixth, however, aided by a home run by Alexa Windsor to take their first lead of the day, 5-3.
The Cougars added an unearned run in the sixth, but went into the bottom of the seventh trailing by one.
Rizo started the one-out rally with a double to the wall in right-center on a 1-2 count. Berezny immediately chased her home with a double to the other gap, tying the game at 5-5.
With the game-winning run on third and two out, All-American Emily Sabo used her speed to beat out an infield hit to the left side to touch off the celebration of the come-from-behind, walkoff victory for the Cougars.
McMahon, who pitched the final1.2 innings of scoreless relief, earned the game two win as well. She is now 15-1 on the year, the owner of a 0.98 ERA and has a 15.2-inning scoreless streak.
Other notes: Ratti was 27-for-27 trying to steal this season before that streak came to an end in the third. Kean turned a double play in the game, Sabo to Rizo to Riley.
Kean will travel to the College of New Jersey on Saturday to resume NJAC play in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.