#9 Softball Rolls in Doubleheader Sweep of New Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (4/2/19) – Jacqueline Riley, Erin Hollyfield, Nicole Vassallo and Jenn Majorcazk all went perfect at the plate as the #9 Kean University softball team rolled in a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep of New Jersey City University on Tuesday afternoon.

Game 1: Kean 22, New Jersey City 1

19 players saw action as the Cougars (21-3, 1-2 NJAC) recorded their first NJAC victory of the season with an astounding 22 runs on 23 hits.

Riley finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a homerun, six RBI's and two runs scored, while Julie Raba went a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI's and four runs scored. Erin Hollyfield finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Nicole Vassallo went 2-for-2 with two homeruns, five RBI's and two runs scored.

Caroline Ratti went 2-for-5 with a homerun, two RBI's and two runs scored, while Gabriella Fredette and Grace Cofino each tallied two hits apiece.

Kean totaled 19 runs over the first four innings before the Gothic Knights (3-16, 0-3 NJAC) could get a run across the plate. The Cougars already led 6-0 in the third when Ratti kicked off the homerun derby that ensued in Jersey City. Riley and Vassallo would smash back-to-back homeruns in the fourth as Kean led 18-0.

Vassallo tied a single game record with her second homerun of the afternoon with a three run shot in the fifth.  Raba also tied a single game record for runs scored.

Riley improves to 9-1 in the circle with three strikeouts over three innings pitched. Amanda Ross made her first appearance of the season, striking out one batter in two innings pitched.

Game 2: Kean 9, New Jersey City 0

Riley finished 3-for-3 with two RBI's and two runs scored, while Cayleen Rizo went 2-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI's and a run scored as the Cougars (22-3, 2-2 NJAC) shutout the Gothic Knights (3-17, 0-4 NJAC) in the nightcap.

Rizo gave Kean a 3-0 lead on a two run homer in the second and an RBI double in the third. Riley added two more runs in the fourth with a two RBI single to right center for the 5-0 advantage.

The Cougars collected three more runs in the fifth when a dropped fly ball allowed Ratti, Maria Bonfanti and Olivia Zengel to score.

Taryn DiGiacomo fanned seven batters in the complete game victory.

Head Coach Margie Acker and the Cougars will return to action in Ewing, N.J. on Saturday, Apr. 6th, against the Lions of the College of New Jersey for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.