SOFTBALL DROPS TWO GAMES TO COLUMBIA FRIDAY
Monmouth (6-15) – 1
Columbia (6-13) – 9
Monmouth (6-16) – 1
Columbia (7-13) - 5
NEW YORK, NY – Despite home runs in each game from junior catcher Alex Holzman, the Monmouth University softball team was defeated in two contests at Columbia this afternoon, 9-1 and 5-1. Holzman scored the only runs of the day for the Hawks, launching her team-leading third home run of the season in game one and her fourth in game two. Monmouth falls to 6-16 on the season, and will have two days off before playing five games in three days starting Monday.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I was disappointed in our approach today. I thought Columbia came out ready to play and we did not. We must find a way to play tougher as we head into the MAAC season next week.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, Columbia got on the board first after a wild pitch. Riley got out of the jam with a runner on second and one out, striking out the next two batters.
-The Lions extended their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, as a two-out RBI double scored the leadoff walk.
-A five-run fourth inning for Columbia propelled it to a 7-0 lead. After an RBI single through the left side, the Lions hit a 2-RBI single and a 2-RBI double on consecutive plays.
-Monmouth got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning, as catcher Alex Holzman launched a solo home run to right center, making it 7-1.
-Columbia ended game one in the bottom of the sixth inning, tacking on two runs from an error and RBI single.
-Columbia quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game two, scoring on a Monmouth error. The Lions added two more runs in both the second and fifth innings with a 2-RBI double and a two-run home run.
-Holzman’s second homer of the day came in the top of the fourth inning as she blasted another solo shot, this time to left field to lead off the inning.
-Columbia outhit the Hawks 8-4 in game one, and the Hawks took the six to five advantage in hits in game two despite the loss.
-Monmouth made three total errors on the day, while Columbia had no errors.
-Holzman went 2-for-6 on the day, including the two home runs, two runs, and two RBI.
-Katie Baron was the only other Hawk with two hits on the day, as she went 2-for-4.
-Amanda Riley struck out six batters on the day, including five in the first game.
The Hawks will take on Stony Brook Monday in a rescheduled double-header. Game one is scheduled for 2:00 PM. Monmouth’s first home game will come on March 29, as the Hawks welcome Saint Joseph’s at 3:30 PM.