GLASSBORO, NJ -- #19 Rowan opened New Jersey Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader sweep at home over William Paterson on Saturday winning game one, 6-0, and the second, 10-1 in five innings.
Starter Emily August twirled a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks while the offense plated all six runs in the sixth inning to get the day started off on the right foot.
Morgan Zane broke the scoreless tie as she led off that sixth with a home run over the scoreboard in left for her fifth dinger on the season. Later in the frame with the bags full, Breanna Bryant added to the lead with a two-run single. The six runs came on just four hits, two walks and a William Paterson error.
It was more than enough for August, who did not allow a runner past second base to notch her eighth win in the circle this year.
The Profs used another big inning, this time plating nine runs in the third, as the team pounded out eight hits in the frame.
Cat Thomas made it 1-0 in the second as she led off the inning with her third homer this season. The Pioneers tied it up in the top of the third off an error with a runner on first and a double to left center. The throw was misplayed by the cut off, allowing the runner at third to score.
Rowan responded as McKenzie Melvin doubled in Grace Shukaitis, who led off the inning with a walk. RBI singles from Thomas and Korie Hague preceded Liz McCaffery's two-run double. Bryant later added a two-run hit of her own as the lead swelled to nine runs.
Rylee Lutz allowed one unearned run on six hits through five innings of work along with three K's to improve to 8-1.
The team, now winners of seven in a row, continues NJAC play on Tuesday when the squad travels to Rutgers-Camden for two starting at 3 p.m.