May 15, 2010



Providence, R.I.-Freshman third baseman Courtney Melchionna’s (Linden, NJ) RBI double in the fourth inning led third-seeded Kean University past New Jersey Athletic Conference rivals and top seed The College of New Jersey, 1-0, in game five at the Providence Regional of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament hosted by Rhode Island College.


The Cougars (30-16) advance to play an elimination game with fifth-seeded Neumann University today at 4 p.m. The Lions (32-9) will face the loser of fourth-seeded Wesleyan University vs. second-seeded Moravian College (noon) today at 2 p.m.


KU senior starter Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, NJ), who was chased for the first time in a game this season yesterday in a 15-3 loss to Wesleyan, rebounded to earn her 17th (17-8) win. The Lions had seven hits and stranded 11 baserunners in the loss. The potential game-tying run was gunned down at the plate on two occasions. TCNJ senior pitcher Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, NJ) took the loss (16-7), allowing one run on five hits to go along with five strikeouts.


The Lions had runners on second and third three times, but could not push across a run. Junior designated player Caitlyn Seamster (Edison, NJ) was thrown out by KU freshman left fielder Katie Schuh (Mount Holly, NJ) with two down in the second while trying to score from second on sophomore left fielder Crystal Lee’s (Dover, NJ) single to left field. Freshman pinch runner Michelle Casale (Middlesex, NJ) was thrown out by Melchionna at the plate in the sixth while trying to score the tying run in the sixth.


Kean scored the game’s only run in the fourth. Junior first baseman Katie Yard (Hillsborough, NJ) reached on a fielder’s choice sacrifice attempt to get the offense moving. After Minervini struck out Shotwell, Melchionna doubled to right center field for the RBI.


Melchionna went 2-for-2 with the RBI double in the win. Lee and freshman second baseman Ashley Sogluizzo (Middletown, NJ) each went 2-for-4 in a losing effort.