No. 9 Softball Sweeps Drew

Madison, NJ (4/17/08) – The Montclair State softball team climbed up three spots into the Top 10 of the NFCA Division III poll on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Red Hawks also saw their winning streak climb to 23 as MSU swept a doubleheader from Drew University.

Montclair took the opener 8-0 and completed a sweep with an 8-3 triumph in the nightcap as the Red Hawks ran their record to 30-2 on the season, as MSU topped the 30-win plateau for the 15 th time in program history and the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

In the opener, righthanders Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) and Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) combined on a two-hit shutout as the Red Hawks were also held to two hits, but took advantage of 10 walks for the win.

McCrea struck out eight and walked one as she went the first five innings to improve to 15-2 on the season. Persico tossed two scoreless innings to close out the contest.

MSU would get all of the runs it would need in the first. Jackie Ferranti ( Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. Jennifer Jimenez ( Linden, NJ / Linden) lined a single to move the runners up and a throwing error allowed Ferranti to score the game’s first run. After a walk, freshman Kacie Neurouter ( Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) lofted a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 lead.

Montclair extended the lead to 6-0 in the fourth. Kelly Karp ( Edison, NJ / Edison) started the inning off with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch as did Whitney Driver ( Montville, NJ / Morristown-Beard). Jimenez plated the final two runs with a single. MSU added its final runs in the seventh as Karp scored on an error and Megan Durkin ( West Orange, NJ / West Orange) crossed the plate on a passed ball.

In game two, Drew jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning but MSU erased the deficit in the third with three runs. Neurouter singled home Ferranti for the first run and Karp smacked a two-run double down the rightfield line to tie the game.

Montclair would take the lead for good the following inning with three runs as Ferranti belted her fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot to make the score 5-3. Neurouter’s second sacrifice fly of the afternoon accounted for the other run. Durkin and Cheryl Bodak ( South River, NJ / South River) accounted for the final two runs in the sixth on bases-loaded walks.

Karp picked up the victory as she moved to 12-0 on the year. The lefty pitched the first three innings in the six-inning contest (called due to darkness) before Persico came on for three scoreless innings to earn her second save of the year.

Ferranti was 2-for-2 with three runs scored for MSU.

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, April 19 as Montclair State, 12-0 in the NJAC, hosts the Cougars of Kean University at the MSU Softball Stadium. First pitch of the NJAC matchup is scheduled for 2:00 pm.