Softball Earns NJAC Split with Richard Stockton

UNION, N.J. (4/7/12) – The Kean University softball team split a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader, falling to Richard Stockton College, 2-0, in the opener, before winning a back-and-forth second game, 8-7.

In the second game win for the Cougars (13-9, 3-1 NJAC), sophomore first baseman Kelly Moorehead was 2-of-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while rookie Courtney Yard earned the win in relief, allowing no runs over the final 3.2 innings of the game. 

GAME ONE: Richard Stockton Scores Twice in Fifth Inning for Only Runs of the Game

After a scoreless first four innings of the game, Richard Stockton (17-5, 2-4 NJAC) scored the only two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Joey Afflitto had an RBI single to drive in the first run and tallied the insurance run following a throwing error when she stole second base. 

The Cougars loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth inning, however were unable to bring a run across when Michelle Pietrocola struck out the next two batters to preserve the shutout. 

Pietrocola pitched a five-hitter with nine-strikeouts for her third shutout of the season.  Afflito finished with two hits, one run scored and one RBI.

For the Cougars, junior second baseman Katie Schuh was 2-of-4 with a double.  Right-hander Courtney Yard scattered seven hits and had three strikeouts, while allowing just one earned run in the losing effort.

GAME TWO:  Three Runs in the Fifth Lift Cougars, 8-7

Courtney Yard (pictured left) allowed just two hits and no runs over the final 3.2 innings and senior shortstop Alicia Banz singled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth, as the Cougars earn the split with the 8-7 win.

Richard Stockton took an early 1-0 lead with a leadoff homerun by Joey Afflitto in the bottom of the first inning. 

In the top of the second, the Cougars answered with a pair of unearned runs, as sophomores Sandra Binkiewicz and Kelly Moorehead each reached and scored on errors. 

Kean extended the lead to 5-1 an inning later.  Freshman centerfielder Maria Scopellito and junior Katie Schuh had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and moved over to second and third base on the sacrifice bunt by rookie Jess Fanty.  Scopellito scored on the RBI fielder's choice by Binkiewicz and Moorehead followed with a two-run double for the 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Ospreys took advantage of three Cougar errors to open the inning to regain the lead at 7-5.  Nichole Terreri and Nicole Chabak each had RBI singles, before Afflitto had a bases-clearing triple to drive in three runs. 

The Cougars answered right back with three unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning.  Sophomore catcher Jill Martin opened the rally with a RBI single, before Banz singled home the tying and go-ahead runs. 

Yard (10-4) earned the win in relief, allowing just two hits and no runs, while striking out four in the final 3.2 innings of work. 

Scopellito was 2-of-4 with a run scored, while Banz was 1-of-4 with two RBI.

The Cougars host New Jersey City University in a NJAC doubleheader on Monday, April 9.