MADISON, N.J. (4/15/12) – The Kean University softball team earned a non-conference doubleheader split with FDU-Florham on Sunday afternoon, falling to the host Devils, 3-2, in the eight-inning opener, before posting the 7-3 win in the nightcap to earn the split.
GAME ONE: Cougars Fall in Extra Innings, 3-2
The Devils scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn the walk-off win, 3-2, in the opener.
FDU-Florham took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning, as first baseman Elizabeth Spiller worked a two-out walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on the RBI single up the middle by pitcher Megan McInaw.
The Cougars tied the game in the fifth inning, when right fielder Megan Cegielski led off with a single through the left side and moved over to second base on the sacrifice bunt by freshman centerfielder Maria Scopellito. Two batters later, second baseman Katie Schuh doubled to right-center to drive in Cegielski with the tying run.
The score remained that way until extra innings, when Kean was able to took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning after Schuh opened the inning on second base due to the international tiebreaking rules and scored on the one-out double by junior Courtney Melchionna.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Devils loaded the bases with no outs following a hit batter and infield single, setting up the game-winning, two-run single up the middle by Spiller.
Scopellito (pictured left) finished 2-of-2 , while Melchionna was 2-of-3 with one RBI and Cegielski was 2-of-3 with one run scored.
Rookie right-hander Courtney Yard (14-6) struck out seven and allowed just one walk and one earned run, while scattering seven hits in the complete game defeat.
McInaw picked up the complete game victory, also recording seven strikeouts and scattering nine hits. At the plate, she finished 2-of-3 with one RBI.
GAME TWO: Six-Run Fourth Inning Powers Cougars to 7-3 Victory
Designated player Courtney Yard finished 3-of-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and blasted her first career homerun to lead the Cougars to the 7-3 win in the 13-hit attack. Reliever Rebecca Rotola (pictured left) allowed just two hits in the final 5.2 innings of work to pick up the victory.
After the Devils (13-13) took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Cougars (19-11) exploded for six runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Yard’s three-run homer.
In the inning, left fielder Sandra Binkiewicz led off with a double to left-center and first baseman Kelly Moorehead, setting up the three-run blast to left-center for Yard to tie game.
After catcher Jill Martin had a one-out single and rookie Maria Scopellito and sophomore Megan Cegielski each walked to load the bases. Junior Katie Schuh had the RBI infield single to score Martin with the go-ahead run and junior Courtney Melchionna followed with the two-run single up the middle for the 6-3 lead.
The Cougars tacked on the insurance run an inning later, as Yard led off with her second double of the day and scored on the RBI single by Scopellito.
Melchionna finished with two hits and two RBI, while Scopellio added two hits, one RBI and one run scored.
Rotola (3-2) had three strikeouts and allowed just one walk.
The Cougars face host Montclair State University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m.