MONTCLAIR, N.J. (4/8/18)- Cayleen Rizo went 3-for-7 with four RBI's, four runs scored and three doubles as the #15 Kean University softball team split a doubleheader with the Red Hawks of Montclair State University on Sunday afternoon.
GAME 1: Kean 6, MSU 4
The Cougars (17-2, 3-0 NJAC) stretched the winning streak six games with six runs on eight hits as Kean took the doubleheader opener. Katie Debbie went 2-for-4, while Julie Raba, Olivia Zengel, Rizo, Erin Hollyfield, Jacqueline Riley and Samantha Krakower each tallied a hit.
Kean jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second with five runs on four hits, including RBI's from Zengel, Rizo, and Hollyfield. After tallying two outs, Zengel came to the plate with the bases loaded and drove in Debbie with a single up the middle. Rizo would then clear the bases with a three-RBI double to score Zengel, Raba, and Krakower. Hollyfield rewarded Rizo on the very next at-bat when she drove her home from second.
MSU (13-6, 1-2 NJAC) answered with three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning, but Kean still lead 5-3 entering the third. The Cougars would get an additional run in the fourth when Bonfanti scored on a Red Hawks throwing error. Montclair would get a run back in the sixth, but it was not enough to make a difference in the final score.
Riley improved to 6-1 with three strikeouts in the complete-game victory.
GAME 2: MSU 17, Kean 9 (6 Inn.)
The offense was on display in game two with a combined 26 runs on 31 hits as the Cougars (17-3, 3-1 NJAC) had their six-game winning streak snapped with 10 runs in the final two innings from the Red Hawks (14-6, 2-2 NJAC).
Riley went 3-for-4 with three RBI's, while Zengel, Rizo, Debbie each totaled two hits apiece in the run mercy rule game. MSU and Kean traded the lead back and forth through the first four innings. The Cougars took a 7-5 lead with three runs on four hits, including RBI's from Raba, Rizo, and Riley.
That would be the last time Kean held the advantage as the Red Hawks scored 10 runs on 10 hits, including a grand slam in the sixth from Sam DiClement. In fact, MSU homered three separate times as Kean was handed their first NJAC loss of the season.
Kaitlin Stahlbrand fell to 6-2 in the loss for the Cougars.
Head Coach Margie Acker and the Cougars will return to action on Tuesday, Apr. 10th, hosting the Gothic Knights of NJCU for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.