KISSIMMEE, Fla. (3/15/19) – The #18 Kean University softball team extended their winning streak to 10 games and posted an unbeaten record with victories over Westminster College (Pa.) and UMass-Dartmouth on the final day of the Spring Games in Florida.
Game 1: #18 Kean 10, Westminster (Pa.) 0 (5 Inn.)
Erin Hollyfield went 2-for-3 with four RBI's, while Julie Raba finished 2-for-3 with two RBI's and a run scored as the Cougars (13-1) won their nine straight game with a shutout of Westminster from Pennsylvania.
Kean tallied 10 runs on 11 hits, while holding the Titans (5-4) to just three hits.
Hollyfield helped the Cougars take a 4-0 lead with a three RBI double to right center allowing Sarah Zengel, Jacqueline Riley and Olivia Zengel to score. Raba and Riley added to Kean's lead with RBI's in the second and fourth innings increasing their advantage to 7-0 in the fourth.
After scoring a run on a Westminster throwing error in the seventh, Hollyfield tallied her fourth RBI of the contest with a single up the middle for a 9-0 lead in the eighth. The Cougars would get their final run of the game, when Caroline Ratti hit an RBI single to score Jenn Majorczak.
Riley remained unbeaten (5-0), in the circle, with three strikeouts in the complete game victory.
Game 2: #18 Kean 10, UMass Dartmouth 2 (5 Inn.)
Raba, S. Zengel and Skylar Hengeveld all tallied two RBI's, while Ratti, Raba, Riley and Cayleen Rizo all recorded two hits as the Cougars (14-1) finished their spring break trip a perfect 10-0 with the eight run mercy rule victory over UMass Dartmouth.
Taryn DiGiacomo, who improved to 8-1 in the circle, had only allowed one hit over the first four innings. Kean scored eight runs on 11 hits and led 8-0 entering the fifth. DiGiacomo surrendered two runs in the inning, but the Cougars answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI's by Raba and O. Zengel.
DiGiacomo struck out three batters in the complete game victory.
Florida Trip By the Numbers
Kean played a total of 61.2 innings in Florida and never trailed, while only being tied for nine total innings.
The Cougars scored a run in the first inning of seven out of the 10 games.
Kean mercy ruled six of the 10 opponents, including playing just 15 innings in the final three victories.
Head Coach Margie Acker and the Cougars will return to action on Thursday, Mar. 21st, hosting the Devils of FDU-Florham for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.