UNION, N.J. (4/9/12) – Infielders Courtney Melchionna and Kelly Moorehead each had four hits to lead the Kean University softball team to a doubleheader sweep of New Jersey City University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Monday afternoon. A 12-hit attack paced the Cougars (15-9, 5-1 NJAC) in the five-inning opener, 10-0, before the Cougars closed out the sweep with 14 hits in the 8-4 win in the nightcap.
GAME ONE: Offense Powers Cougars Past NJCU, 10-0, in Five Innings
Freshman right-hander Courtney Yard (pictured left) allowed just two hits and sophomore first baseman Kelly Moorhead was 2-of-3 with five RBI in the 10-0, five-inning victory in the opener. In the win, all nine Cougars recorded hits in the line-up, with three players having multi-hit games.
The Cougars wasted little time getting on board in the bottom of the first inning, as Kean loaded the bases with one out and sophomore left fielder Sandra Binkiewicz followed with an infield hit to drive in freshman centerfielder Maria Scopellito, who had a one-out single earlier in the inning. Moorehead followed with the grand slam for the 5-0 lead, before sophomore right fielder Megan Cegielski closed out the scoring with the RBI double.
Kean added a pair of runs an inning later, as Binkiewicz had a RBI triple and Moorehead added a RBI single in the second inning.
The Cougars closed out the scoring with two more runs in the third inning on RBI doubles by juniors Katie Schuh and Courtney Melchionna.
Yard went the distance, allowing just two hits to NJCU senior shortstop Megan Ginter. Yard struck out six and allowed just one walk in her second complete game shutout of the season.
Binkiewicz (pictured left) finished 2-of-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Melchionna added two hits, two runs scored and one RBI.
GAME TWO: Four-Run Fifth Inning Lifts Cougars Past NJCU, 8-4
The Cougars broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fifth inning to complete the sweep with the 8-4 win in the nightcap.
Tied 2-2, second baseman Katie Schuh walked with one-out and third baseman Courtney Melchionna followed with a double to left field to put both runners in scoring position. Sophomore Sandra Binkiewicz drove in Schuh with the go-ahead run with the RBI single up the middle and Melchionna would extend the lead to 4-2, as she scored on a wild pitch that also advanced Binkiewicz to second base. Two batters later, freshman designated player Jess Fanty added a RBI single to score Binkiewicz and Megan Cegielski had the RBI bases-loaded walk for the 6-2 lead.
Kean tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on the two-run single by Fanty, before the Gothic Knights (11-15, 2-4 NJAC) closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh inning with the two-run homerun by first baseman Rebecca Satz.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on the RBI single by Melchionna. NJCU scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by Jess Mucerino for the 2-1 lead. The lead was short-lived however, as Kean tied the score in the bottom half of the inning on the solo homerun by senior shortstop Alicia Banz.
Fanty (pictured right) finished 3-of-4 with three RBI and one run scored, while Melchionna and Banz each added two hits, one RBI and one run scored. Courtney Yard (12-4) earned the win in relief, tossing the final 4.1 innings, striking out five and scattering five hits with two runs.
Satz finished 2-of-4 with two RBI and one run scored, while Megan Ginter completed her perfect afternoon at the plate going 2-of-2 in both games. Ginter also had three stolen bases in the doubleheader.
The Cougars host Ramapo College in NJAC action tomorrow. The doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m.