SOFTBALL STUNS #1 IONA TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
#5 Monmouth (24-29) – 2
#1 Iona (26-21) - 1
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – After defeating fourth-seeded Manhattan yesterday, the fifth-seeded Monmouth University softball team downed top seed Iona this afternoon in nine innings, 2-1. Sophomore outfielder Jasmine Higa launched a home run in the top of the ninth to put Monmouth ahead, and junior pitcher Amanda Riley closed the door in the bottom half of the inning. Riley pitched all nine innings for Monmouth, giving up no earned runs while striking out 11 batters for the win. It was a battle of All-MAAC First Team pitchers, as Monmouth's Riley and Iona's Alana Evans gave up just two hits each after five innings. In a matchup of undefeated MAAC Championship teams, the Hawks will take on #6 Fairfield tomorrow at 11:00 AM.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I couldn't be more proud of our team. Amanda threw an outstanding game and she did a great job of mixing speeds while making some big time pitches in big situations. Offensively, we had a solid game plan but knew it would come down to a big hit. Jasmine made adjustments every at bat and her home run was the biggest of the year.” – Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-After Iona's Alana Evans tossed a no-hitter against Monmouth in the regular season, the Hawks got the first run of the game today as Shotzbarger singled to center field to score Holzman, who walked earlier in the inning.
-Iona tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, as Tori Danner hit an RBI single after two Monmouth fielding errors. With a runner on third and one out, Riley kept the score tied at one.
-Freshman Deangie Jimenez led off the top of the seventh with a walk, but the Hawks could not get the run across.
-The game went to extra innings, and Riley struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth.
-In the top of the ninth inning, Higa launched her second career home run to put Monmouth on top 2-1.
-Riley closed the door for her second straight complete game win.
-Each team registered just three hits in the game despite playing nine innings.
-In two MAAC Championship games, Amanda Riley has pitched 16.0 innings, 5 hits, 1 R, 0 ER, 17 K's.
-Higa led the team in batting average during MAAC play. The game-winning home run was her second dinger of the season.
-Shotzbarger picked up her 32nd RBI of the season.
Monmouth will face #6 Fairfield at 11:00 AM tomorrow. Both teams are 2-0 in the MAAC Championships thus far. The winner of that game will advance to the championship round on Saturday at 12:00 PM. The loser will play at 4:00 PM on Friday.