KISSIMMEE, Fla. (3/12/19) – The Kean University softball team extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Meredith College and Arcadia University at the Spring Games on Tuesday.
Game 1: Kean 9, Meredith 1 (5 Inn.)
Julie Raba went 2-for-4 with three RBI's, while Cayleen Rizo finished a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as the Cougars (9-1) extended their winning streak to five games with a mercy-rule defeat of Meredith College from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Kean scored nine runs on 11 hits, including Olivia Zengel going 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI and a run scored.
Raba and Rizo gave Kean the 2-0 lead in the third with back-to-back RBI singles. The Avenging Angles (1-8) would register a run in the bottom half of the inning, before the Cougars went on a tear in the final two innings with seven runs on seven hits.
Raba added two more RBI's in the fourth with a single down the right field line that scored O. Zengel and Caroline Ratti. Raba would be driven in during the next at-bat, when Jacqueline Riley doubled to right center for the 5-1 advantage.
Kean added insurance runs in the fifth with Katie Debbie recording an RBI sacrifice fly, Kaitlin Stahlbrand scoring on a wild pitch, O. Zengel tallying an RBI single and Ratti advancing home on the throw during a fielder's choice situation.
Stahlbrand earned the victory, while Riley made a relief appearance and recorded the first save of her career.
Game 2: Kean 5, Arcadia 3
Rizo went 2-for-2 with two RBI's, while Maria Bonfanti finished 2-for-2 with a run scored as the Cougars (10-1) extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-3 defeat of Arcadia University.
Kean scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Raba, Sarah Zengel, Rizo and Gabriella Fredette all posted an RBI in the inning. The Knights (2-3) would surrender RBI's in the inning on bases loaded walks for S. Zengel and Fredette, in addition to Raba and Rizo driving in runs on hits.
Arcadia went yard in the fifth with a three run homer that cut the Cougars advantage to 5-3. The Knights would not get any closer as Taryn DiGiacomo, who improved to 6-1 in the circle, only allowed one hit in the final two innings.
Head Coach Margie Acker and the Cougars will return to action on Wed. Mar. 13th, in the Spring Games against Susquehanna University at 9:00 a.m. and Ohio Wesleyan University at 11:30 a.m.