STAUFFER SHINES AS SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH DELAWARE
Delaware (20-27) - 6
Monmouth (21-27)– 8
Delaware (21-27) - 1
Monmouth (21-28) – 0
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Exploding for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Monmouth University softball team earned the 8-6 victory in game one over Delaware this afternoon before falling 1-0 in game two to register the split. Freshman pitcher Megan Stauffer pitched nine innings on the day while giving up no earned runs, including a complete game in the nightcap. Trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of fourth of game one, the Hawks scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning before scoring five in the sixth to take the 8-6 lead. Senior Justene Reyes gave Monmouth the 7-6 lead with a two-RBI single that scored Chloe Howerth and Katie Baron. With the split, Monmouth's record stands at 21-28 (10-8 MAAC), and the team will travel to Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday before heading to Marist for the final two contests of the regular season.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I thought we played well today. Game one we hit the ball hard the entire game. I thought we stayed within ourselves when they took the lead and I was proud of the way we pushed to score. In game two, Megan threw an outstanding game. I thought she attacked their hitters and found ways to get outs. We had opportunities offensively and came up a little short, but I am proud of the fight.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, Delaware took the lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single through the left side. Monmouth answered in the bottom of the second, as pitcher Amanda Riley helped herself out with an RBI double.
-The Blue Hens scored three runs in the top of the third inning and two more in the top of the fourth to take the 6-1 advantage.
-The Hawks started the bottom of the sixth inning with a Rosado double. Pinch runner Tyranny Royster scored on a Jasmine Higa single through the left side. Baron then hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Riley to make it 6-5. With the bases loaded, Reyes put Monmouth on top for the first time with a two-RBI single to left field.
-In game two, it was a battle of freshmen pitchers. Delaware scored the only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI single to right field. The run was unearned as the Blue Hens reached on a Monmouth error.
-Monmouth registed 14 hits in game one, while Delaware had 13 hits for a total of 27.
-With a 1-1 record today, Stauffer's record stands at 2-1 on the season. She took the game two loss despite pitching a complete game with no earned runs and four strikeouts.
-Reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week Kayla Rosado added three more hits today, including a double and a run.
-Freshman Amanda Hopeck registered her first career hit in game one.
-Reyes and Baron each had two RBI in game one.
Monmouth will travel to Fairleigh Dickinson for a doubleheader this Friday. The makeup games are scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM. The Hawks will then head to Poughkeepsie, NY to face MAAC opponent Marist for the last two games of the regular season.