SOFTBALL DEFEATED TWICE ON DAY TWO OF UNDER ARMOUR SHOWCASE
Army (13-6) - 11
Monmouth (2-8) – 6
Monmouth (2-9) – 2
Villanova (8-5) - 3
CLEARWATER, FL – During the second day of the Under Armour Showcase in Florida, the Monmouth University softball team was outlasted by Army, 11-6, before falling in eight innings to Villanova, 3-2. The Hawks built early leads in both games, including a 4-0 advantage against Army and a 2-0 advantage over Villanova. Using ten runs from the third and fourth inning, Army took the lead for good and earned the five-run win. Monmouth and Villanova needed extra innings to decide the contest, and the Wildcats scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Hawks drop to 2-9 on the season and will play one game against USC Upstate tomorrow.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Against Army, we got off to a strong start. We created opportunities for them thought, and they took advantage. It was disappointing that it took until the seventh inning to mount a comeback, but I am proud of the fight we showed. Game two was an excellent game. Our team played well in all phases. While we are disappointed in the outcome, we believe we can build from it. The team truly put themselves on the line and took a huge step in our development.”– Monmouth head coach Shannon Salsburg
-Monmouth has been defeated in the first four games of the Under Armour Showcase, as it fell to both Butler and Providence yesterday.
-In the loss against Army, Monmouth built a 4-0 lead after the two runs in both the first and second innings. Rachel Shotzbarger led off the first with a single, and Alex Holzman brought her home with an RBI single.
-Freshman Kayla Rosado brought home Justene Reyes after Reyes was hit by a pitch, and the Hawks took the 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Amanda Riley led off with a single and scored after a Chloe Howerth RBI double. Reyes extended the lead to 4-0 on a RBI groundout.
-In game two against Villanova, Monmouth again jumped out to an early lead. After Kayla Rosado slapped a single over the shortstop to lead-off the inning, 3B Morgan Balderas singled to left field. Freshman Amber Wozniak sacrifice bunted the runners to second and third, and Deangie Jimenez brought them home after a single and an error.
-Villanova tied the game at two after a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the third.
-The game remained tied at two until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Villanova scored and took the win on a throwing error.
-During Friday's game at Providence, SS Rachel Shotzbarger set the Monmouth record for doubles with 42. She had at least 13 doubles in all three of her previous seasons.
-The Hawks will have a rematch against Army this coming Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
The Hawks will play one game tomorrow against South Carolina Upstate. First pitch from Clearwater, FL is scheduled for 11:15 AM.