UNION, New Jersey — Courtney Yard tossed a one-hitter and Kelly Moorehead paced a 12-hit attack with a double, two singles and three RBIs as second seed and host school Kean University blanked Husson University 8-0 in five innings in their NCAA Division III softball tourney opening-round game.
Husson, 30-11, will face 19-18 Keene State (N.H.), the fourth seed, in an 11 a.m. elimination game on Saturday.
Sam Derr and top seed Lebanon Valley (Pa.) no-hit Keene State 3-0 earlier Friday. Lebanon Valley (33-4) will face Kean (33-11) at 1:30.
The Husson-Keene State winner and Lebanon Valley-Kean loser will square off at 4 p.m.
Yard struck out seven and walked one and allowed just a single to Chelsea Brennan.
Sandra Binkiewicz doubled and singled and knocked in a pair of runs for Kean and Tiffany Variello also doubled and singled.
At Wellesley, Massachusetts, senior designated player Lindsay Moore went 3 for 4 with two runs, a home run and five RBIs and senior pitcher Rae-Marie Copan tossed a two-hitter to propel No. 3 Saint Joseph’s College (34-4) past No. 2 Western Connecticut State University (31-12-1) in an NCAA Division III tourney opener.
St. Joe’s advanced to a winners’ bracket game at 11 a.m. Saturday against either Wellesley or Bridgewater State.
Copan (17-2) allowed a single in the first and a single in the sixth.
Mariah Harrison, Danica Gleason and Jennifer Murphy each recorded two hits for St. Joe’s with Harrison driving in two runs.
At Babson Park, Massachusetts, executing its third walk-off squeeze bunt of the season to defeat a NESCAC rival, Wesleyan got a bases-loaded, one-out squeeze bunt from freshman Will O’Sullivan to bring home junior Donnie Cimino, who was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the score deadlocked at 3-3. That gave Wesleyan, the top seed in the NESCAC West, a 4-3 victory over Bates, the second seed from the East, in a first-round conference playoff game.
As a result, Wesleyan advances to the winners bracket meeting with Tufts Saturday at 10:30 a.m. while Bates takes on Amherst in an elimination game at Bentley University Saturday at 10:30 a.m.