SOFTBALL DROPS NON-CONFERENCE CONTEST TO PRINCETON, 5-1
Princeton (14-13, 7-2 Ivy) – 5
Monmouth (12-20, 4-2 MAAC) – 1
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – With the score tied at one in the top of the fifth inning, Princeton scored four runs including two from errors to defeat the Monmouth University softball team this afternoon, 5-1. Senior Justene Reyes tallied Monmouth’s lone run, hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to score Chloe Howerth, who led off the game with a walk. The Tigers answered in the top of the second, scoring on a wild pitch to knot the game at one. The score remain tied until the fifth inning, when Princeton hit two straight RBI singles before scoring two more runs on a Monmouth throwing error.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We have to find a way to get runs across early in the game. Princeton had a big fifth inning, and we couldn’t find an answer late.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-Monmouth began the bottom of the first inning with a walk and a hit by pitch, putting two runners on with no outs. Reyes doubled home Howerth, but the next three batters went down.
-After having runners on second and third in the top of the second, Princeton scored its first run of the game on a wild pitch. Amanda Riley forced the Tigers to fly out to minimize the damage.
Katie Baron had Monmouth’s second hit of the game, sending a single to left field in the second inning.
-Morgan Balderas stole her second base of the season in the third inning, but the Hawks could not bring her home as the next batter grounded out.
-Rachel Shotzbarger picked up Monmouth’s final hit in the fourth inning and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt, but the next two batters were retired.
-Riley struck out two more batters on the day, and now has a MAAC-leading 117 on the season.
-Reyes went 2-for-3 on the day, including the RBI double in the first inning and a single down the left field line in the fifth.
-Freshman Amanda Hopeck made her first home at bat of the season, pinch hitting in the seventh inning.
-Sydney Underhill came in to pitch three scoreless innings for the Hawks, striking out two Princeton batters in the process and giving up just two hits.
The Hawks will remain at home for the next four contests, hosting doubleheaders with Fairfield on Friday and Iona on Saturday.