SOFTBALL EARNS SPLIT AFTER 11-1 WIN OVER RIDER
Monmouth (9-19, 1-2 MAAC) - 7
Rider (4-24, 1-4 MAAC) - 8
Monmouth (10-19, 2-2 MAAC) - 11
Rider (4-25, 1-5 MAAC) - 1
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Behind an offensive outburst in game two, the Monmouth University softball team split with MAAC opponent Rider this afternoon, falling 8-7 in game one before earning the 11-1 victory. The Hawks tied the game at seven in the top of the sixth inning of game one after an RBI single and Rider’s fourth error of the game, but the Broncs secured the walk-off win on a wild pitch. Monmouth scored seven runs in the first three innings of game two, including a two home runs from Rachel Shotzbarger and a two-RBI double from Justene Reyes. Reyes extended the lead to 10-1 after her three-run homer in the fourth, giving her five RBI in the game. The Hawks will have a quick turnaround, hosting conference foe Quinnipiac for a doubleheader on ESPN3 tomorrow.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I am proud of the way our team came back in game two today. They played well and really came together. Sydney pitched a great game and we had some huge hits. Rachel really led the way offensively in game two.” – Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, each team made three errors within the first two innings. After a Rider fielding error in the top of the first, Holzman singled to center to score Howerth. Rosado reached on another fielding error, and Balderas scored to give Monmouth the 2-0 lead.
-Rider scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the first to take the 4-2 lead. After Jasmine Higa singled to lead off the second, Howerth brought her home with a groundout to make it 4-3 Rider. The Broncs answered with two more runs in the bottom of the second to make it 6-3.
-Each team scored once in the third inning, with Monmouth’s run coming from Shotzbarger’s groundout that scored Holzman, who led off the inning with a double.
-In the top of the fourth inning, Baron launched her first official home run of the season to make it a 7-5 Rider lead. She previously hit a grand slam against George Washington, but the game was called for darkness when it was tied at seven in the fourth inning.
-Rider took the 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh, as it scored on a wild pitch after the Broncs had runners on first and third with one out.
-In game two, Monmouth quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Howerth hit a lead-off triple, and was brought home by Balderas. After Kayla Rosado hit a sacrifice fly to score Balderas, Shotzbarger launched her second home run of the season, scoring Reyes in the process.
-Reyes gave Monmouth the 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as her 2-RBI double scored Howerth and Baron.
-Shotzbarger hit her second home run of the first three innings, blasting a solo shot to give Monmouth the 7-0 lead in the top of the third. In the top of the fourth, Reyes blasted a three-run home run to left center, giving Monmouth the convincing 10-1 lead.
-Sydney Underhill earned the win in game two, pitching all five innings while giving up just one earned run. Underhill struck out five batters and allowed just two hits.
-Reyes and Shotzbarger each totaled five RBI on the day, with all five of Reyes’ coming in game two including her three-run home run.
-Alex Holzman was 4-for-6 combined today with two runs, two doubles, and an RBI.
-Reyes’ home run was her fourth of the season and 18th of her career, which ranks tied for 6th in program history.
-Shotzbarger now has three home runs on the season and 15 for her career, which ranks 9th in program history.
-Chloe Howerth was 3-for-7 in both games, scoring a team-high four runs.
Monmouth will return home tomorrow to take on MAAC opponent Quinnipiac. The doubleheader will be broadcast on ESPN3, with first pitch of game one coming at noon. The Hawks will host Princeton on ESPN3 on Tuesday.