FOUR SOFTBALL ATHLETES EARN ALL-MAAC HONORS
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Four members of the Monmouth University softball team have earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors, the league announced tonight at its annual postseason awards show. Junior pitcher Amanda Riley headlined the honors, as she was named to the All-MAAC First Team. Senior first baseman Justene Reyes and junior outfielder Chloe Howerth were named to the All-MAAC Second Team, while freshman Kayla Rosado earned a spot on the All-MAAC Rookie Team.
“I am proud of Amanda, Chloe, Justene, and Kayla,” said Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg. “All four have worked extremely hard and have been difference makers for us throughout the season. To have other MAAC coaches recognize and celebrate their achievements is special.”
After tying the single-season strikeout record last season with 167, Riley shattered that mark in 2017 by striking out 204 batters. She had 56 more strikeouts than the next closest MAAC pitcher. Riley tossed 211.1 innings throughout the season, which ranks fourth all-time, and needs just 11 more innings pitched to tie teammate Sydney Underhill's program record of 222.1. Riley's 41 appearances ranks tied for second on Monmouth's all-time list, while her 29 starts ranks fifth. The junior racked up 14 wins during the season, which ranked tied for second in the conference, and registered an ERA of 2.88. Her 15 complete games are tied for the lead among MAAC pitchers.
Reyes led the conference in on-base percentage at .505. Her .350 batting average and 38 runs batted in led the team, and her 30 walks were the most in a single-season all-time at Monmouth. The senior has made a remarkable 186 straight starts for the Hawks, as her 129 career RBI ranks third in program history. Reyes launched six home runs in 2017 and added 15 doubles to lead the team. In the field, she only made one error while registering a fielding percentage of .997.
Howerth led the team with 55 total hits during the 2017 regular season campaign. As the leadoff batter, she also led the team with 29 runs scored. The junior was second on the team with an on-base percentage of .388, helped in part by 18 walks. Howerth was one of four players to start all 51 games this season. She led the team in triples with three, and racked up seven doubles and 15 RBI on the season.
In her first season in Blue & White, Rosado started 45 games and batted .261. Her nine doubles were tied for second on the team, as she registered a total of 36 hits and 18 RBI in the regular season. On May 2, she was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, as she registered a .571 batting average in four games by going 8-for-14 from the plate. Rosado hit two doubles during the weekend, picking up an RBI in game two against Siena. She had at least two hits in three out of the four games, including a 3-for-4 outing in the win at Saint Peter's. The freshman accumulated an on base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of .714 to earn Monmouth's only weekly honor.
Earlier today, the No. 5 seeded Monmouth Hawks defeated No. 4 Manhattan by a score of 4-0. Monmouth will take on No. 1 seed Iona tomorrow at 11:30 AM on ESPN3.