SOFTBALL DOMINATES MANHATTAN TO OPEN MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
#5 Monmouth (23-29) – 4
#4 Manhattan (33-20) - 0
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – In its first game of the 2017 MAAC Championships, the fifth-seeded Monmouth University softball team defeated fourth-seeded Manhattan behind a complete game shutout from pitcher Amanda Riley, 4-0. The Jaspers have only been shutout four times in 53 games this season, two of which came against Riley. Senior Justene Reyes had a productive 3-for-3 afternoon, hitting a two-run home run in the third inning to give Monmouth the 3-0 lead. The Hawks will face No. 1 Iona tomorrow morning at 11:30 AM. Monmouth has made back-to-back MAAC championship rounds, and look for its first ever conference win after earning the first victory in the double elimination tournament.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I am proud of the way we came out today. I thought Amanda and [catcher] Alex [Holzman] did a great job of attacking their hitters. Offensively, we did an excellent job of jumping on strikes. The middle of our lineup, especially Justene, was ready to hit and set the tone for the whole game.” - Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-In the top of the third inning, Balderas singled once again, and was brought home by Reyes' seventh home run of the season. The homer put the Hawks ahead 3-0.
-In the top of the fifth inning, Holzman doubled down the left field line all the way to the wall, allowing Reyes to score all the way from first. Monmouth took the 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to the first round victory.
-Riley gave up just two hits in her complete game shutout. Both hits came from Manhattan's Christine Gebhardt. The rest of the Jaspers lineup was a combined 0-20.
-Reyes now leads the team through 52 games with a .362 batting average. She ties Katie Baron for the second-most home runs on the team (7). The senior has 40 RBI this season after totaling 46 last season.
-Riley tossed her 16th complete game of the season and extended her program record to 210 season strikeouts.
-Balderas went 2-for-4 on the afternoon and scored two runs.
-The Hawks racked up eight hits while holding the Jaspers to just two hits.
Monmouth takes on host and number one seed Iona tomorrow at 11:30 AM. The Hawks and Gaels split their regular season series on April 15, with Monmouth taking the 5-0 win in game one behind a complete game shutout from Riley. Iona won game two as Alana Evans threw a no-hitter.