SOFTBALL TO BEGIN MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS WEDNESDAY
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The fifth-seeded Monmouth University softball team takes part in the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships this week at Iona College's Donald E. Walsh Field in New Rochelle, NY. The Hawks will take on #4 Manhattan to open the tournament on Wednesday at 1:30 PM. The tournament also features Regular Season Champion Iona along with No. 2 Siena, No. 3 Marist, and No. 6 Fairfield. Monmouth has made back-to-back appearances in the MAAC championship round, falling to Fairfield in 2015 and Marist in 2016. Monmouth has never won a softball conference championship, but has now qualified 24 times.
Monmouth has never won a conference tournament title in its softball history, and its lone league regular season championship came back in 1999. The Hawks are 37-50 all-time in the conference tournament dating back to 1987. Monmouth has qualified for the MAAC Tournament in each of its four years in the league and has won at least one game in three appearances.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MANHATTAN
The Hawks own a 24-9 advantage in the all-time series with Manhattan, including doubleheader sweeps in 2014 and 2016. The teams split this season in New York, with Monmouth taking the 1-0 win in game one behind Amanda Riley's complete game shutout.
HAWKS AGAINST THE FIELD
Monmouth went 4-6 against this year's tournament field, having split with Iona, Marist, Manhattan, and Fairfield and losing both games to #2 Siena. Monmouth swept two MAAC teams this season in Quinnipiac and Canisius, but the Bobcats and Golden Griffs did not qualify for the tournament.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Monmouth jumped to third in the MAAC after sweeping Canisius on April 23, improving its record to 9-5. The Hawks went 2-4 in their last six games, dropping to fifth in the standings.
On May 2, freshman first basemen Kayla Rosado was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. It was Rosado's first conference honor of her career, as she registered a .571 batting average in four games by going 8-for-14 from the plate.
RILEY'S HISTORIC SEASON
Amanda Riley continues to add to her single-season program record, and now has 204 strikeouts on the season. She has pitched 211.1 innings and needs just 11 more to break the program record set by teammate Sydney Underhill in 2014. Riley's 41 appearances currently rank t-2rd in Monmouth history, needing just three more for the record, while her 29 starts this season ranks 5th.
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