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May 16, 2010

 

SHOTWELL HELPS KEAN FORCE DECISIVE
TITLE GAME AT PROVIDENCE REGIONAL

Providence, R.I.-Senior pitcher Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, NJ) fired a three-hit shutout to lead third-seeded Kean University to a 2-0 win over second-seeded Moravian College in game 10 at the Providence Regional of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament hosted by Rhode Island College.

 

Moravian (33-13), which was unbeaten at the regional coming into the game, and Kean (32-16) will meet again tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the winner advancing to the National Championships later this week. The Cougars lost their first game of the regional on Friday and have won their last three games.

 

The game was a pitcher’s duel for the first six innings between Shotwell and Moravian junior Elizabeth Python (Huntington Station, NY). Neither team was able to solve the pitchers until the final frame.

 

Shotwell led off the seventh with a double down the left field line and was lifted for freshman pinch runner Kelsey Hannan (Saddle Brook, NJ). After a flyout, sophomore shortstop Alicia Banz (Carteret, NJ) doubled down the left field line for what proved to be the game-winning RBI. Senior designated player Allison Thibault (Garfield, NJ) singled up the middle to plate Banz with an insurance run.

 

Shotwell slammed the door in the bottom of the frame, helped by a diving stop by Banz. She earned her 19th win (19-8) and seventh shutout. Python was hard-luck loser (6-3).

 

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