MONMOUTH SOFTBALL SPLITS MAAC OPENERS WITH MANHATTAN
Monmouth (8-16, 1-0 MAAC) – 1
Manhattan (15-10, 2-1 MAAC) – 0
Monmouth (8-17, 1-1 MAAC) – 1
Manhattan (16-10, 3-1 MAAC) - 9
RIVERDALE, NY – Behind Amanda Riley’s second straight complete game shutout, the Monmouth University softball team earned the 1-0 win in the first game of the doubleheader before falling to Manhattan in game two, . The Hawks did not register a hit until the seventh inning of game one, but Riley’s 12-strikeout gem forced the game to extra innings. Justene Reyes hit into a fielder’s choice in the top of the eighth, allowing Katie Baron to score the go-ahead run. In the second game, Manhattan scored seven runs in the first inning while holding Monmouth to just one run. The Jaspers took the 9-1 win following an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It was nice to start MAAC play with a win. Manhattan is a quality team. I thought Amanda pitched well and we had opportunities in both games to push runs, which could have really changed game two.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, Riley got out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the first, striking out three straight batters. In the bottom of the second, the Jaspers put a runner on third with no outs and Riley once again escaped after two strikeouts and help from her catcher Alex Holzman who threw out a runner attempting to steal second.
-Freshman Kayla Rosado picked up Monmouth’s first hit of game one in the top of the seventh inning, driving a leadoff single that hit the wall in right field. The Hawks would then pop out before flying out twice to end the inning.
-Monmouth took the 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning after Reyes reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Baron. Riley closed the door in the bottom of the eighth for the win.
-In game two, Manhattan stormed out of the gates with a seven-run first inning.
-The Hawks added a run in the top of the fourth inning, as Baron launched an RBI ground-rule double that scored Rachel Shotzbarger.
-The Jaspers ended the game in the sixth inning, after the RBI double gave them a 9-1 lead.
-In the game one win against the Jaspers, Riley went all eight innings, giving up no runs and striking out a season-high 12 batters.
-Monmouth did not get a hit until the seventh inning in game one, and ended up with three hits against Manhattan’s five. Howerth, Rosado, and Baron all hit singles.
-Monmouth’s game one win ended a seven-game winning streak for Manhattan.
-Coming in for pitcher Sydney Underhill, Riley tossed an additional 4.0 scoreless innings in game two before giving up a home run.
-In the second game of the doubleheader, Baron went 1-for-3 with the RBI double in the fourth inning.
The Hawks will host Wagner for a doubleheader this Wednesday. The first game of the twin bill is scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM.