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SHOTZBARGER’S GRAND SLAM PROPELS MONMOUTH SOFTBALL OVER YALE, 5-4

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: March 18, 2017
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Yale (2-15) - 4

Monmouth (6-12) – 5

 

Monmouth (6-13) – 6

North Florida (16-13) - 7

 

CLEARWATER, FL – Trailing by a score of 4-1 in the sixth inning, senior shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger launched a grand slam to propel the Monmouth University softball team to a 5-4 victory over Yale on Saturday. In the second game of the afternoon, the Hawks scored six runs in the fifth inning but were outlasted by North Florida, 7-6. The split moves Monmouth to a 6-13 record on the season, and will have one last game in Florida against Missouri tomorrow at 9:00 AM.

 

NOTES AND QUOTES

“I am proud of our grit today. We found ways to push runs across and get outs when we needed it. While we are disappointed in the split, there is no doubt we are trending in the right direction. We have started playing together and for each other, and those two things have impacted us greatly.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg

-In game one, Yale jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning after three straight RBI singles. Underhill got out of a bases loaded jam, forcing a groundout.

-Yale added another run in the top of the third inning on a Monmouth throwing error. The Bulldogs took the 4-0 early lead.

-The Hawks did not get on the board until the fourth inning, started by a Justene Reyes leadoff double. Jasmine Higa pinch ran for Reyes, and scored from a Kayla Rosado sacrifice fly.

-With the score standing at a 4-1 Yale lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Morgan Balderas led off the inning with a single. After Reyes walked, Alex Holzman reached on a Yale error to load the bases with no outs. Shotzbarger launched a grand slam to left field to put the Hawks on top 5-4, and Amanda Riley put the Bulldogs down in order in the top of the seventh to secure the Monmouth comeback win.

-In game two against North Florida, the Hawks found themselves in an early deficit once again, as the Ospreys took the 3-0 lead in the third inning from an RBI double and a 2-RBI single.

-Monmouth erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to take the 6-3 lead. Morgan Balderas hit a single to center field to make it 3-2, scoring Baron and Wozniak. Reyes tied the game immediately after, scoring Howerth. Kayla Rosado put Monmouth on top for the first time with a 2-RBI single to make it 5-3, and the Hawks tacked on another run from an Amber Wozniak RBI single.

-North Florida notched three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the 7-6 lead. The Hawks could not answer in the top of the seventh, eventually falling by one run.

 

NUMBERS CRUNCH

-Shotzbarger’s grand slam was her first home run of the season and the 13th of her career.

-Despite being outhit 11-5, the Hawks pulled out the 5-4 win over Yale.

-Freshman pitcher Megan Stauffer picked up her first career win against Yale, going 1.2 innings while giving up two hits and no earned runs.

-Reyes went 4-for-6 with an RBI and a run on the day.

-Rosado picked up three total RBI in the two games.

 

UP NEXT

The Hawks will take on Missouri for the last game of their Florida trip tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 9:00 AM.

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