Softball Sweeps Lebanon Valley in Doubleheader

ANNVILLE, Pa. (3/15/12) – Freshman right-hander Courtney Yard tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout in 10 innings to help lead the Kean University softball team to a doubleheader sweep of host Lebanon Valley College in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars (3-1) won the opener, 1-0, in the extra innings, before closing out the sweep of the Dutchmen (5-7) with a 7-2 win in the nightcap.

GAME ONE: Yard Goes the Distance in Extra Inning Shutout Victory

Rookie Courtney Yard pitched all 10 innings and surrendered just three hits and one walk while striking out nine batters in her first complete game shutout victory.

After battling to a scoreless tie after nine innings, the Cougars managed two of their three hits in the top of the 10th to plate the game’s lone run.  Sophomore Kelly Moorehead started the inning on second base due to international tie-breaking rules.  Junior second baseman Katie Schuh moved her over to third base with a single, before junior third baseman Courtney Melchionna brought Moorehead home two batters later with the RBI single.

The Dutchmen moved the potential tying run to third base with the sacrifice bunt, however the Cougars forced the run out at home on the fielder’s choice and closed out the win with the fly out.

Schuh, Melchionna and rookie centerfielder Maria Scopellito (pictured left) each recorded hits for Kean.

GAME TWO: Scopollito, Cegielski Lead Cougars Past Dutchmen, 7-2

Outfielders Maria Scopellito and Megan Cegielski each had a pair of hits and two runs scored and sophomore Rebecca Rotola (pictured right) earned the complete-game win in her first appearance of the season in the 7-2 victory.

Kean plated all the runs they would need in the third inning, taking a 3-0 lead behind hits from both Scopollito and Cegielski.  After catcher Jillian Martin led off the inning with a walk, Scopollito doubled to put runners on second and third.  A wild pitch would plate Martin and move Scopollito to third base and Cegielski followed with a RBI single to bring home Scopollito.  Cegielski would steal second base and eventually score on the RBI groundout by left-fielder Sandra Binkiewicz.

The Cougars added one run in the sixth inning and broke the game open with three more runs in the seventh, before LVC got on the scoreboard with two runs in the final inning on the homerun by Steph Hulme.

Rotola scattered six hits and one strikeout in seven innings of work for her first win of 2012.

Binkiewicz and first baseman Kelly Moorehead each had one hit, one run scored and two RBI in the win.

The Cougars resume action on their Spring Break trip to Clermont, Fla., where Kean plays eight games at the National Training Center.  The Cougars open action on Sunday, March 18, against Tufts (5 p.m.) and Babson (7 p.m.).