MONMOUTH SOFTBALL OVERCOMES WAGNER IN GAME ONE BEFORE FALLING IN 11 INNINGS
Wagner (7-17) – 3
Monmouth (9-17) - 4
Wagner (8-17) – 5
Monmouth (9-18) – 3
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – With back-to-back home runs from senior Justene Reyes and junior Alex Holzman, the Monmouth University softball team defeated Wagner, 4-3, before falling in 11 innings to the Seahawks in game two, 5-3. Junior pitcher Amanda Riley went and gave up no earned runs on the day, as Monmouth’s split leaves it with a 9-18 overall record on the season. The Hawks will continue MAAC play with doubleheaders against Rider and Quinnipiac this weekend.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Overall I was really pleased with the way we played today. We were aggressive in everything that we did, including attacking their hitters. We attacked offensively and came up with some nice plays defensively as well. We knew the second game was going to come down to something quirky that would push someone across the plate. There were a lot of opportunities for both teams. At the end of the day, we’re going to keep working and keep pushing forward. I feel good about today and going into Rider on Saturday and Quinnipiac on Sunday.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-Wagner got on the board first in game one, as Karen Prihoda hit a bases clearing double before being thrown out at third.
-Monmouth answered with runs in three straight innings. Chloe Howerth brought home Amber Wozniak with an RBI single in the third. Riley singled to center field in the fourth inning, scoring Jasmine Higa.
-In the bottom of the fifth inning, Reyes tied the game by launching her third home run of the season to left field. One batter later, Holzman gave the Hawks a 4-3 lead after she crushed her fifth home run of the season to left field. Riley shut down the Seahawks in the sixth and seventh innings, making it her third straight start with a complete game and no earned runs.
-In game two, Wagner scored first once again with a solo home run in the second inning. Monmouth came right back with three runs of their own in the frame, including an RBI double from Katie Baron and a 2-RBI single from Reyes.
-Wagner scored one run each in the third and fifth innings to make the game 3-3. The score remained knotted until the 11th inning, when the Seahawks plated two in the top half of the inning to take the 5-3 win.
-Chloe Howerth led the team with four hits today in eight at bats, including a double and an RBI.
-Riley pitched 13.0 total innings on the day without allowing an earned run. She totaled 208 pitches through two games, including 15 strikeouts.
-Justene Reyes led the way with three RBI today, including her solo home run in game two that tied the game.
-Holzman’s home run in game two gives her five on the season, a team-high.
The Hawks will continue MAAC play this Saturday when they travel to Rider. The first pitch of the doubleheader is slated for noon.