Softball Wins Doubleheader With No. 9 Ramapo

ittle Falls, NJ (4/8/08) – Junior designated player Kelly Karp (Edison, NJ / Edison) tripled in the game-winning run in the opener while senior rightfielder Whitney Driver (Montville, NJ / Morristown-Beard) drove in two runs in the nightcap as No. 16 Montclair State swept a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader from No. 9 Ramapo at the MSU Softball Stadium on Tuesday 3-2 and 3-1.

Junior shortstop Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, NJ / Linden) belted a two-run home run in the opening game as the Red Hawks ran their winning streak to 15 games, improving to 22-2 overall while remaining unbeaten in the NJAC at 8-0.

Junior catcher Kelly Schriber (Montclair, NJ / Montclair) and Ashley O’Rourke (Pequannock, NJ / Pequannock) each had a run batted in for the Roadrunners, who fell to 19-5 overall, 5-3 in the NJAC in losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

In the opener, Ramapo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Marilee Farmer (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) led off with a single and scored as Schriber doubled to centerfield. O’Rourke would pinch-run for Schriber and later scored on a passed ball to give the Roadrunners the two-run lead. That deficit would be erased in the bottom of the third as Jimenez blasted her fifth home run of the year off the scoreboard in left field to tie the game at 2-2.

That’s the way the contest stood until the bottom of the seventh. Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) reached on an infield single with one out before Karp stroked a triple to right center scoring Durkin with the winning run.

Senior righthander Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) picked up the victory as she moved to 11-2 on the season. McCrea allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four and walking three. Senior righthander Katie Norton (Livingston, NJ / Mt. St. Dominic) fell to 5-3 as she took the loss. Norton allowed 11 hits and three runs, fanning four and issuing two walks.

Karp was 3-for-4 in the game for MSU while Jimenez and freshman Kacie Neurouter (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) each had two hits.

In game two, Montclair would take the early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Neurouter opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Karp and to  third on a base hit by Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro). Pinch-runner Ashley Lustenberger (River Edge, NJ / River Dell) would score as Driver collected an infield single. Montclair would add two more runs in the sixth. Neurouter got things going with a one-out walk and Karp singled to left. Nance brought home Neurouter with an RBI single and Driver’s RBI ground out gave the Red Hawks a 3-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ramapo plated a run as O’Rourke singled to center with one out to score Britteny McKeon (Toms River, NJ / Toms River North). McCrea would come on to get the next two hitters, including a strikeout for the final out to preserve the win. It was McCrea’s fourth save of the year.

Karp picked up the win as she improved to 9-0. The lefty went the first six innings giving up four hits and a run with three strikeouts and a walk. Lyndsay Buehler (River Vale, NJ / Pascack Valley) suffered the loss to fall to 5-2. Buehler gave up seven hits and three runs, five strikeouts and walking one.

Nance was 3-for-3 for the Red Hawks while Driver was 2-for-3 at the plate. Katie Donnelly (North Haledon, NJ / Eastern Christian) was 2-for-4 for Ramapo.

Both teams are back in action on Thursday, April 10 with non-conference doubleheaders. MSU is home to face College of Staten Island at 3:30 pm while Ramapo is back on the road to take on St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY beginning at 5:30 pm.