USC UPSTATE USES FIVE-RUN SECOND INNING TO DEFEAT MONMOUTH SOFTBALL, 8-1
Monmouth (2-10) – 1
USC Upstate (23-4) - 8
CLEARWATER, FL – Behind a five-run second inning and strong pitching, USC Upstate defeated the Monmouth University softball team during the last day of the Under Armour Showcase in Florida, 8-1. Freshman Amber Wozniak launched a solo home run to left field, but the Hawks could not send any more across the plate. The Hawks drop to 2-10 on the season and will remain in Florida for eight more games from Wednesday to Sunday.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Today we played a very good team. I thought we played six solid innings, but we need to find a way to stop the big innings. Offensively, we did a solid job of working against a great pitching staff. One or two big hits early could have completely changed the game. As a group, we continue to focus on having more quality processes and we continue to get better each inning. We look forward to working at practice on Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s games.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In the bottom of the second inning, USC Upstate loaded the bases with just one out. The next batter doubled to the gap in right center, scoring two runs in the process.
-With runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the second, USC Upstate launched a three-run home run to left field, giving the Spartans a 5-0 lead.
-Monmouth got one back in the top of the third on Amber Wozniak’s solo home run. Wozniak hit a three-run home run against George Washington on March 5 that didn’t count, as the game was called for darkness.
-With runners on first and third in the bottom of the fourth inning, USC Upstate attempted a suicide squeeze play, but Monmouth’s Megan Stauffer threw out the Spartans’ runner at the plate.
-USC Upstate extended its lead to 7-1 in the bottom half of the fifth, as the run came home on an RBI groundout.
-The Spartans added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning, hitting an RBI single with two outs.
-Katie Baron led off the top of the seventh with a single for the Hawks, and Deangie Jimenez reached on an error to give Monmouth runners on first and second with no outs. Baron was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice, and the Hawks grounded into a double play to end the game.
The Hawks will remain in Florida, as they take on Indiana State at 9:00 AM and Army at 1:00 PM this Wednesday.