CLERMONT, Fla. (3/18/12) – The Kean University softball team split a pair of games in its first action on Spring Break at the National Training Center, defeating Tufts University, 9-3, in its first game, before falling to Babson College, 9-4, in the nightcap.
GAME ONE: Offense Powers Kean to 9-3 Win Over Tufts
The Cougars scored a season-high nine runs on 12 hits to open up the team’s spring break trip with a 9-3 win over Tufts University. Sophomore left fielder Sandra Binkiewicz was 2-of-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace the offensive output.
Kean opened up the scoring in the top of the second inning, as Binkiewicz led the inning off with a single and advanced to third base when sophomore first baseman Kelly Moorehead reached on an error on the sacrifice bunt. Rookie right-hander Courtney Yard (pictured left) plated Binkiewicz with a RBI single and Moorehead would score on the RBI groundout by catcher Jillian Martin later in the inning.
An inning later, Binkiewicz had a one-out triple to bring home junior second baseman Katie Schuh, who had walked, and Binkiewicz extended the lead to 4-0 when she scored on the illegal pitch. Yard would push the lead to 5-0 with the final run of the inning when she walked and scored on the RBI single by senior shortstop Alicia Banz.
The Cougars tacked on one run in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth inning, before Tufts avoided the eight-run rule with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Jumbos tacked on a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Yard (3-1) picked up the complete-game victory, scattering 10 hits and allowing two earned runs, while striking out three.
At the plate, freshmen Maria Scopollito and Jess Fanty each had two hits, while Banz finished 2-of-3 with two RBI.
GAME TWO: Babson Pulls Away for 9-4 Win
Babson College (3-3) took an early 4-0 lead and pulled away with three runs in the final inning of a 9-4 win over the Cougars (4-2) in the nightcap late Sunday evening.
Babson got the first two runners on base to open the game, with second baseman Jackie Enos scoring on a RBI single and left fielder Jessica Pashos give the Beavers a 2-0 lead when she scorede on a RBI groundout.
In the top of the third inning, Babson extended the lead to 4-0, however the Cougars cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Katie Schuh singled and would score on the RBI groundout by Jess Fanty and Sandra Binkiewicz (pictured right) pulled Kean to within 4-2 when she scored on a single by Kelly Moorehead.
The two teams traded single runs in each of the next two innings, before Babson plated three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Sophomore right-fielder Megan Cegielski led the Cougars with a pair of hits, including a bunt single and a double.
Kean returns to action tomorrow evening, when the Cougars face Western New England University (5 p.m.) and University of St. Thomas (7 p.m.).