EWING, N.J. – Mount Aloysius softball pitchers Emily Cochran and Conemaugh Valley graduate Kara Pisczek combined on a six-hit shutout to propel the Mounties past No. 9 The College of New Jersey 2-0 in the opener of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday.
The win represented the college’s first triumph in NCAA competition across all sports.
Cochran tossed the first 3 2/3 innings and was lifted after allowing two runners on in the fourth. Pisczek escaped the jam by induing a comebacker to the pitcher. The sophomore struck out two batters over the final 3 1/3 frames to earn the victory and lower her ERA to 1.25.
Mount Aloysius, the fourth seed in the four-team regional, defeated No. 1 seed The College of New Jersey (33-7) to improve to 33-8. The Mounties face No. 2 seed Randolph-Macon (27-14) at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Kayla Hopkins led Mount Aloysius’ offense with a 3-for-4 effort and an RBI. Brianna Benscoter, Cochran and AMCC Player of the Year Lydia DeFazio added two hits apiece.
Both runs in the game were scored with two outs.
In the third, Mount Aloysius got on the board thanks to Hopkins’ RBI single to center field, scoring Pisczek.
After two strikeouts to begin the fifth, singles from Hopkins and Cochran sandwiched a walk to DeFazio to load the bases. Benscoter coaxed a walk to force in the second run.
The Mounties finished with a 10-6 edge in hits, leaving 11 runners on base.
Allie Immerso and Katie Winchock each collected two hits for The College of New Jersey.