March 24, 2018
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College roundup: Kean softball team shuts out Husson in NCAA Tourney opener


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.

St. Joseph’s 10, WCSU 0

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.


Wesleyan 4, Bates 3

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.

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