Softball Eliminated From NCAA Tournament

Plattsburgh, NY (5/9/08) The Montclair State softball team saw its record-setting season end on Friday as the Red Hawks were eliminated from the NCAA Plattsburgh Regional with a 3-2 loss to Eastern Connecticut. Earlier in the day the Red Hawks held off elimination with a 6-0 triumph over Springfield College.

MSU, which was making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, ends its season at 43-6. The Red Hawks earned their way into their second consecutive NCAA Tournament by capturing the NJAC Championship.

The Warriors' Kim Church went 3-for-3, doubling home the eventual game-winning run in the second after Casey Mahoney doubled to lead off the inning. Ashley Sullivan and Courtney Caswell each had a run batted in the two-run first inning for the Warriors (28-13 overall). Katie Pensiero improved to 14-5 on the season, scattering six hits and allowing two runs (1 earned) over four innings. Lisa Cody threw two scoreless innings of relief to notch her third save.

Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, NJ / Linden) had two RBI and Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) went 3-for-4 for the Red Hawks. Starting pitcher Kelly Karp (Edison, NJ / Edison) was dealt her first loss of the season after giving up three runs in one inning and four walks, including two with the bases loaded.

Montclair rapped out nine hits but also stranded nine runners. Maureen Shockley (Magnolia, NJ / Triton) added two hits.

Jimenez went 3-for-4 from the plate, hit two home runs, and drove home four RBI as the Red Hawks advanced earlier in the day with a 6-0 win over Springfield College.

With no score heading into the top of the fourth, Jimenez led off the inning with a homerun just over the center field fence to give the Red Hawks a 1-0 lead. Montclair took advantage of a couple of errors made by the Pride in the fifth; tallying two more runs to increase the lead, 3-0. The Red Hawks finished out their scoring in the seventh off a solo-homerun by Jackie Ferranti (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield), her 20th career round-tripper and a two-run long ball by Jimenez over the right field fence.

Michelle Wlosek, Jaimie Moran and Aimee Cassella each had a hit for Springfield.

Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) earned the win for the Red Hawks as she improved to 24-4. In six innings pitched, she allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six as she picked up her 74th career victory to set the MSU career mark. McCrea surpassed the record held by Dina DeAquina (1986-88) and equaled by Crystal Sweeney (2001-04).

Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) pitched the final inning of the game for Montclair and retired all three batters faced.