SOFTBALL CLINCHES POSTSEASON BERTH WITH SPLIT AT MARIST
Monmouth (22-28, 11-8 MAAC) – 7
Marist (34-20, 12-7 MAAC) – 6
Monmouth (22-29, 11-9 MAAC) – 3
Marist (35-20, 13-7 MAAC) - 10
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – With a game one win over Marist during the last day of the regular season, the Monmouth University softball team clinched a spot in the 2017 MAAC Championships, slated to begin on Wednesday. With a conference record of 11-9, the Hawks will be seeded either fifth or sixth, depending on the results of Niagara final four contests. Monmouth had the same MAAC record as Fairfield, but the Hawks won the tiebreaker by winning a game over #1 seed Iona. In the 7-6 game one win today, both Alex Holzman and Katie Baron homered and pitcher Amanda Riley earned the win with another complete game. Monmouth fell in game two by a score of 10-3, as Morgan Balderas and Justene Reyes both picked up an RBI.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I was proud of our fight in game one. We did what we needed to do against a team that simply wouldn't quit. We are excited to play on Wednesday, as we believe we can compete with any team in the conference.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In game one, Baron started off the scoring in the top of the second, as she walked with the bases loaded to score Rachel Shotzbarger.
-The Hawks made it 2-0 after Balderas reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, scoring Kayla Rosado.
-Marist tied the game in the bottom half of the second, hitting a two-run home run to left center.
-Each team scored in the third inning to make it 3-3, including a solo home run from Holzman.
-In the top of the fourth, Chloe Howerth singled through the right side to put Monmouth back on top. Balderas followed with the same result, scoring Baron. With a Reyes sacrifice fly to score Howerth, Monmouth went ahead 6-3.
-After Marist added a run in the bottom of the fifth, Baron launched a home run to left field to give the Hawks a 7-4 advantage. The Red Foxes scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Riley closed the door.
-In game two, Monmouth registered just one hit from Reyes. Marist led 2-0 after two innings, but the Hawks scored three runs in the top of the third on a wild pitch, a Marist error, and Reyes' RBI single.
-The Red Foxes tacked on four runs in the bottom of the third on a grand slam, and added four more runs in the game for the 10-3 victory.
-Five different Hawks had multi-hit games in the first contest, including Howerth, Balderas, Holzman, Baron, and Jasmine Higa. Five different players also had an RBI.
-In the game one win, Riley pitched her 15th complete game of the season and improved her record to 14-16. She ends the regular season with a program-record 204 strikeouts.
-Holzman's home run in game one gives her 10 on the season, which leads the team. Baron's seventh home run of the season ranks second on the team.
Last season's runner-up, the Monmouth Hawks will compete in the MAAC Championships starting this Wednesday at either Iona or Siena. If the Saints sweep tomorrow's doubleheader with Niagara, they will clinch the #1 seed and host. The Hawks will find out their opponent after the Niagara and Siena contest.