RILEY’S GEM LEADS MONMOUTH SOFTBALL PAST SAINT JOSEPH’S, 5-0
Saint Joseph’s (8-16) – 0
Monmouth (7-16) – 5
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Led by Amanda Riley’s complete game shutout and RBI from four different players, the Monmouth University softball team defeated Saint Joseph’s in its first home game of the season, 5-0. Riley went all seven innings to take the win, giving up just two hits and striking out six batters. Junior Chloe Howerth went 3-for-4 on the day, including an RBI single and a run scored. Monmouth will open MAAC play this Saturday, as it travels to Riverdale, NY for a doubleheader with Manhattan.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It always feels good to play at home. The players have been working and hard and battling through a lot of things, so it was great to see all of those things come together today. Amanda [Riley] pitched very well today, and a lot of credit goes to her catcher Alex Holzman, who has done a great job of working with our pitchers and understanding what they want to throw. They were smart today and it showed.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-Howerth picked up her first of three hits on the day in the bottom of the first inning, singling to left field. She would later score on a Saint Joseph’s error.
-Howerth extended Monmouth’s lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, picking up an RBI single up the middle to score Deangie Jimenez.
-After Riley retired the side for the second straight inning, Rachel Shotzbarger battled through 11 pitches and eventually sent an RBI single to center field, scoring Alex Holzman who led off the inning with a double.
-Howerth had a game-high three hits in the win. No one else on either side registered more than one hit.
-Four different Hawks registered an RBI in the win, including Howerth, Balderas, Shotzbarger, and Wieczorek.
-Riley totaled 100 pitches during her outing, and lowered her ERA to 5.03 on the season with the impressive showing.
-Monmouth racked up 10 hits on the afternoon, compared to Saint Joseph’s two.
-Saint Joseph’s registered two errors in the loss, while Monmouth did not record an error in the ballgame.
Last season’s runner-up, the Hawks will begin MAAC play this Saturday. Monmouth will take on Manhattan, with the first game starting at 12:00 PM.