HISTORIC GAME TWO LEADS SOFTBALL TO SPLIT AT VILLANOVA
Monmouth (14-23) – 3
Villanova (25-13) - 4
Monmouth (15-23) – 22
Villanova (25-14) - 0
VILLANOVA, PA – Led by a historic 17-run third inning, the Monmouth University softball team defeated Villanova in game two, 22-0, to earn the doubleheader split after falling 4-3 in game one. The game two win marked the most runs scored in a game and largest margin of victory for the program since 1984, as the Hawks improved to 15-23 on the season. Junior infielder Morgan Balderas registered six RBI in game two, including five in the third inning alone. In game one, junior outfielder Katie Baron launched two home runs, but the Hawks could not overcome the Wildcats and ultimately fell by one run. Baron totaled five RBI on the day after hitting a two-RBI double in the game two rout. Monmouth will return to conference play this weekend, as it hosts Niagara and Canisius on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I was proud of our play in both games. I thought we played team ball and really put pressure on them. After game one, we talked about continuing to be the more aggressive team. I can unequivocally say we did that and more in game two. I am happy for our team and continue to see us trend in the right direction as we head into the second half of MAAC play.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, Monmouth got on the board first with Baron’s solo home run to left center.
-Villanova scored three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, including a two-RBI single up the middle.
-In the top of the sixth inning, Rachel Shotzbarger launched her fifth home run of the season to cut the deficit to one. Villanova answered in the bottom of the sixth to go back on top 4-2.
-In the top of the seventh, Baron hit her second home run of the game and third of the season to make it a 4-3 Villanova lead, but Monmouth could not cross another run.
-Monmouth raced out to a 5-0 lead during the second inning of game two. With the bases loaded three times, Baron was hit by a pitch, Balderas reached on catcher’s interference, and Justene Reyes walked. To go up 5-0, Alex Holzman struck a two-RBI single to left field.
-The top of the third inning proved to be historic for Monmouth, as it scored a program-record 17 runs in the inning. Howerth started it off by hitting into a fielder’s choice to score Deangie Jimenez, and the next batter Morgan Balderas ripped a bases clearing double to put Monmouth up 9-0.
-The next three Monmouth batters walked with the bases loaded to give the Hawks a 12-0 advantage.
-Katie Baron continued her impressive day by hitting a two-RBI double to score Jimenez and Shotzbarger. After Chloe Howerth picked up another RBI in the inning, Balderas hit her fifth RBI of the third inning with a two-RBI single to center field.
-Already leading 17-0, Shotzbarger and Kayla Rosado hit RBI singles to go up 19-0.
-After Holzman scored on a wild pitch, Jimenez gave Monmouth the mammoth 22-0 lead with a two-RBI double to left center to score Rosado and Shotzbarger.
-Monmouth's 22-0 win in game two marked the most runs scored in a game and largest margin of victory since 1984 (25-1 over Jersey City).
-Balderas’ six RBI are a season-high for the junior.
-Baron’s two home runs in game one gives her seven for her career. She scored a team-high five runs on the day.
-Nine different Hawks picked up at least one RBI on the day.
-In game two, pitcher Sydney Underhill tossed two scoreless innings while giving up just one hit.
-Riley pitched 9.0 total innings in both games, allowing four runs and striking out seven batters.
The Hawks host two more MAAC doubleheaders this weekend. Monmouth will face Niagara on Saturday at noon before taking on Canisius on Sunday at noon.