Van Meter Shutout, Stevens Home Run Give Softball 1-0 Victory Against Rowan

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – In a well-pitched game between two of the historically strong programs in the Northeast, the Tufts University softball team edged Rowan College 1-0 in Florida on Tuesday.

Jamie Stevens homered to left for the only run of the game.

Tufts sophomore Kristi Van Meter threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts to earn her third win of the week. She had pitched a five-inning, two-hit shutout at Plattsburgh in an 8-0 win yesterday.

Rowan junior starter Lauren Shannon allowed just one run and three hits across 6.2 innings, though she walked eight. Junior Jesse DeDomenico came on and got the last out in the Tufts seventh. Together they stranded 12 Jumbo base runners.

The only run of the game can on Tufts junior 3B Jamie Stevens' two-out solo home run in the second inning.

Tufts senior LF Kristen Caporelli had hit a two-out double in the top of the first, but Shannon got the final out on a called third strike. In the Rowan half of the first they put runners on first and second with singles by senior SS Carly Anderson and sophomore DH Kelly Duffy. Van Meter struck out freshman LF Morgan Zane to strand the runners.

The Jumbos had two runners thrown out on the bases in the third, including Caporelli at the plate trying to score on a single by senior DH Christian Cain. In the Rowan fourth, senior Cassandra Gerard reached by error to lead off and was bunted to second. Van Meter left her there by getting the next two batters on strikeouts.

The Jumbos would leave the bases loaded in both the fifth and seventh innings, while Rowan was unable to capitalize after getting two runners into scoring position with two outs in the fifth. 

Van Meter retired the last seven Rowan batters.

Cain and Stevens both had a hit and a walk for Tufts (7-0). Junior 1B Casey Maggiore walked three times.

Anderson was on base twice for Rowan (7-5) with a hit and a walk.

The Jumbos stay on the field to play St. Joseph's of Long Island at 2:15 pm Tuesday. The Profs are done until tomorrow when they face Farmingdale State and Marian.