SHOTZBARGER’S CLUTCH HITTING LEADS SOFTBALL TO SWEEP OVER QUINNIPIAC
Quinnipiac (14-16, 3-2 MAAC) – 1
Monmouth (11-19, 3-2 MAAC) - 2
Quinnipiac (14-17, 3-3 MAAC) – 1
Monmouth (12-19, 4-2 MAAC) – 2
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – With a two-RBI double during the sixth inning of game one and a two-run home run during the sixth inning of game two, senior Rachel Shotzbarger led the Monmouth University softball team to a sweep over MAAC opponent Quinnipiac, which defeated the Bobcats 2-1 in both wins. Junior pitcher Amanda Riley was one strike away from a no-hitter in game one, but still took the win in another complete game and eight strikeouts. Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill threw a complete game in the latter game, giving up just five hits and one earned run in the win. Monmouth improved to 12-19 (4-2 MAAC) on the season with the two wins, and will host non-conference opponent Princeton this Tuesday on ESPN3.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It took us a little bit to get on the board, and that’s a credit to both of their pitchers but we stayed aggressive and were trying to make things happen. [Shotzbarger] had a great day yesterday and came up huge today. It’s fun to see her locked in. Every day matters in the MAAC, and to get off the split train is fantastic. I’m proud of our players. We pitched well, played defense, and hit the ball, so it was great.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
“I had just been really locked in all day, and I was seeing the ball well so I was ready to hit.” –Senior shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger on her game-winning home run in game two
-Riley was dominate in the game one win, giving up no hits until the top of the seventh inning with two strikes and two outs. Quinnipiac’s Erin Larsen singled to center field to break up the no-hitter, and the Bobcats totaled three hits in the inning, driving home a late run.
-In a nearly identical game two, neither team scored until the bottom of the sixth inning, as Shotzbarger launched a two-run home run to center field to give Monmouth the 2-0 lead. Once again, the pinch runner Megan Stauffer scored on Shotzbarger’s RBI. Just like game one, Quinnipiac scored in the top of the seventh inning, this time by a Lexi Courtney home run to right center. Underhill closed the door by striking out pitcher Abbey Long, giving Monmouth its second straight 2-1 victory.
-Monmouth outhit the Bobcats 8-3 in game one, and each team totaled five hits in game two.
-Shotzbarger had all four of Monmouth’s RBI on the day.
-Riley and Underhill combined today: 14.0 IP, 2 ER, 13 K’s.
-Shotzbarger has totaled nine RBI in the last two days (four games), and is now second on the team with 20 RBI behind Justene Reyes (24).
-Reyes, Howerth, Holzman, and Balderas are the only four Hawks to start all 31 games this season.
-Freshman Tyranny Royster stepped to the plate for the first batting appearance of her collegiate career.
The Hawks will remain at home for the next contest, hosting non-conference opponent Princeton on Tuesday at 4:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.