May 15, 2010



Providence, R.I.-Freshman left fielder Katie Schuh’s (Mount Holly, NJ) two-run double in the sixth inning helped third-seeded Kean University eliminate fifth-seeded Neumann, 7-4, in game eight at the Providence Regional of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament hosted by Rhode Island College.


The Cougars (31-16) advance to face either top-seed The College of New Jersey or second-seeded Moravian tomorrow at 2 p.m. Neumann (27-18) ends its season going 1-2 at the regional.


Kean took a 3-0 lead in the second as freshman left fielder Katie Schuh (Mount Holly, NJ), senior designated player Allison Thibault (Garfield, NJ) and junior center fielder Lindsay Kennedy (Parsippany, NJ) each hit RBI singles off of Neumann junior starter Brittany Campbell (Levittown, PA).


Neumann loaded the bases against KU senior pitcher Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, NJ) in the first with two out, but could push across a run. Shotwell was not as fortunate in the bottom of the second as junior shortstop Brittany Kirkpatrick (Springfield, PA) belted a bases clearing triple to right center which tied the game up, 3-3.


The Knights loaded the bases with two down in the fourth, but Shotwell got senior designated player Callie Emel (Salem, NJ) to ground out to second.


Schuh broke the deadlock with a two-out, two-run double in the sixth. Freshman second baseman Katie Zolli (Roselle Park, NJ) singled and sophomore shortstop Alicia Banz (Carteret, NJ) reached on an error and Schuh laced a shot to left center field.


The Cougars scored what proved to be the decisive two runs in the seventh, highlighted by an RBI double from freshman third baseman Courtney Melchionna (Linden, NJ).


Neumann did not go quietly putting runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, forcing Shotwell from the game. Junior Courtney Smyth (Abington, PA) came on to get a line out, but freshman first baseman Jacki Herrington (Somerdale, NJ) followed with a bloop single to cut the deficit to three runs, 7-4. Junior catcher Lauren Castiello’s (Laural Springs, NJ) drive to the hole was cut down by Banz, but she was unable to make a play and Kirkpatrick scored.


Smyth got a pop out, but then issued a walk to load the bases. She was able to get junior center fielder Deanna Christy (Aston, PA) to pop out to Banz and end the game and pick up the save (1).


Shotwell, who picked up the win earlier in the day vs. New Jersey Athletic Conference rival The College of New Jersey, earned her 18th (18-8) victory of the season.


Campbell took the loss (11-7) for the Knights.