Softball Splits in Season Opener at Beach Blast

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (3/2/12) – The Kean University softball team opened the 2012 campaign at the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast on Friday afternoon.  The Cougars defeated Randolph-Macon College (2-1) in nine innings in the opener, before falling to #11 Christopher Newport University (9-1) in six innings.

Sophomore catcher Jillian Martin blasted a walk-off two-run homerun in the bottom of the ninth against Randolph-Macon, while rookie Courtney Yard went the distance with the complete game victory.

GAME ONE: Martin, Yard Lift Cougars Past Randolph-Macon, 3-1, in Extra Innings

In her first season at Kean, Jillian Martin (pictured left) made her first hit in a Cougar uniform count with the walk-off two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the ninth.

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when junior Katie Schuh led off the inning with a walk and would eventually scored on the sacrifice fly by Martin.

The Yellow Jackets knotted the game at a run apiece two innings later with a leadoff homerun in the fourth inning.

The game would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth inning when Martin ended the game with the homerun. 

Yard finished with the four-hit complete-game victory in her first appearance, as she had seven strikeouts in the win.  Schuh finished 1-of-2 with two walks and two runs scored. 

GAME TWO: Christopher Newport Scores Six in Sixth Inning for 9-1 Win

Christopher Newport scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away for the 9-1 win in six innings on Friday evening. 

Trailing 1-0, Kean tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning.  Courtney Yard reach on an error and would move over to third base on a line drive single off the pitcher by Jillian Martin.  Yard would then score on the RBI groundout by Maria Scopellito to tie the game.

The Captains took the lead two innings later with two runs in the fifth before exploding for six runs in the sixth inning.

Yard (pictured right) allowed four runs in five innings of work.  At the plate, sophomores Sandra Binkiewicz, Megan Cegielski and Martin each had a hit.

Kean is scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Peace College (10am) and Washington College, Md. (Noon).