UNION – Junior Courtney Smyth tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout and rookie Courtney Melchionna had the same number of hits as Drew University, as the Kean University softball team defeated the visiting Rangers, 2-0, in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon.
Smyth (11-7) posted her third straight complete-game shutout, as she struck out five to win her 29th career game and move into a tie for fifth place on Kean’s all-time career victories list.
At the plate, Melchionna finished a perfect 3-of-3 with a solo homerun and a RBI double to drive in both of Kean’s runs.
After a scoreless three and a half innings of play, Melchionna drove the ball over the right field fence for the one-out solo homerun to give the Cougars (23-12) the 1-0 lead.
Two innings later, Melchionna added the double off the centerfield fence to score pinch runner Kelsey Hannon with the insurance run.
Smyth was in control on the mound, as she retired the first seven Rangers (10-24) and didn’t allow hit until a one-out single by sophomore second baseman Katie Eggert in the top of the fourth inning.
Freshman left fielder Katie Schuh and senior right fielder Allison Lizzi were each 1-of-2 for the Cougars.
The Cougars host Ramapo College in a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader on Thursday, April 29, at 3 p.m.
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