ONEONTA, N.Y. – Senior right-hander Cassie Shotwell tossed a three-hitter and was 2-of-3 at the plate, as the Kean University softball team earned a split with Oneonta State with a 3-0 win in the nightcap. The Red Dragons (11-10) took the opener, 5-0, in the non-conference twinbill over the Cougars (14-8).
GAME ONE: Four-Run First Inning Lifts Oneonta State, 5-0
The Red Dragons scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning en-route to defeating the Cougars, 5-0, in the opener.
Oneonta State opened the inning with three straight hits and had five hits total in the inning to build a 4-0 lead.
Trailing 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning, the Cougars threatened by loading the bases with no outs. However, the Red Dragons were able to get out of the jam with a fielder’s choice out at home plate and a pair of strikeouts.
Kean again threatened in the top of the seventh, with runners on first and second with one out and then the bases loaded with two outs before a line out ended the game.
Freshman left fielder Katie Schuh and junior centerfielder Lindsay Kennedy were each 2-of-4 for the Cougars.
GAME TWO: Shotwell Delivers in 3-0 Nightcap Victory
Senior Cassie Shotwell allowed just three hits and was 2-of-3 with one run scored as the Cougars earned the split with the 3-0 win in the nightcap.
The Cougars scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of four hits and one wild pitch.
Junior Lindsay Kennedy led off with a single, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by senior right fielder Allison Lizzi, and scored on a RBI double by junior first baseman Katie Yard. Shotwell followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners and two batters later sophomore shortstop Alicia Banz had a RBI double down the right field line. Shotwell scored the final run on a wild pitch to give the Cougars the 3-0 win.
On the mound, Shotwell struck out six batters and allowed just one hit through the first four innings. At the plate, seven different players recorded hits, with Shotwell posting the only multi-hit game.
The Cougars return to New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Tuesday, April 13, when they host NJAC preseason favorite William Paterson University.
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