SOFTBALL EDGED BY FAIRFIELD IN 13 INNINGS BEFORE EARNING 5-1 WIN
Fairfield (15-20, 5-4 MAAC) – 1
Monmouth (12-21, 4-3 MAAC) - 0
Fairfield (15-21, 5-5 MAAC) – 1
Monmouth (13-21, 5-3 MAAC) – 5
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Despite junior pitcher Amanda Riley throwing all 13 innings and striking out a career-high 16 batters, the Monmouth University softball team was defeated in game one of today’s doubleheader, 1-0, before handling Fairfield in game two, 5-1. Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill pitched a gem in game two, going all seven innings without giving up an earned run. Underhill gave up just four hits and struck out six batters en route to her fifth win of the season. In game two, Justene Reyes hit her fifth home run of the season to put Monmouth ahead 2-1, and Alex Holzman launched her sixth homer of the season to extend the lead to 5-1. With the split, Monmouth’s record stands at 13-21 (5-3 MAAC), and will host conference opponent Iona for a doubleheader tomorrow on ESPN3.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I’m proud of the fight the team had today. Losing the first game was obviously disappointing, especially with [pitcher] Amanda [Riley] throwing so well. We played good defense behind her, but we needed timely hits earlier in the game. Games like that get you ready for the MAAC tournament. To come back in game two and have [pitcher] Sydney [Underhill] throw just a gem was fantastic. We once again had great defense, and this game had timely hitting. That was a big split for us, and we got better today.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, Reyes doubled to left center and advanced Chloe Howerth to third, but the next two Hawks were retired.
-Reyes doubled once again in the bottom of the third, as the ball hit off the top of the fence and came back in play. She advanced Morgan Balderas to third, but Monmouth could not get a run across.
-Riley was dominant through the entirety of game one, giving up just four hits in 13 innings. In the top of the 13th inning, she gave up her first run off the bat of Angelina McGuire, who gave the Stags the 1-0 win.
-In game two, Fairfield scored in the top of the first inning on an RBI single following a Monmouth error. The Hawks answered in the bottom half of the first, as Alex Holzman reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Howerth.
-Justene Reyes gave Monmouth its first lead of the day after 16 innings, launching a solo home run to left center.
-Holzman gave the Hawks some breathing room in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a three-run home run to left field that put Monmouth ahead 5-1.
-Underhill was dominant throughout game two, surrendering just four hits and allowing no earned runs. Her complete game gave her the win and improved her record to 5-7 on the season.
-Riley’s 16 strikeouts in game one were a career-high and the most in program history since at least 2006. She threw a total of 188 pitches in the game, and now has 133 strikeouts on the season. She tied the program record for strikeouts in a season last year with 167.
-Underhill now has 48 career wins, one shy of fourth all-time. She has pitched in a program-record 146 career contests, including a program-record 101 starts. The senior has tossed 606 innings in her career, which ranks fourth all-time, and has 355 strikeouts, which also ranks fourth in Monmouth history.
-Reyes was 4-for-8 combined on the day, hitting two doubles and a home run. She leads the team with a .355 batting average this season.
-Holzman led the team with four RBI today, including her three-run home run in game two.
-Riley and Underhill combined today: 20.0 IP, 1 ER, 22 K’s.
The Hawks will remain at home tomorrow to face MAAC rival Iona on ESPN3. Game one of the doubleheader is set for noon.