Softball Gets Split With No. 17 Ramapo

Mahwah, NJ (3/31/09) – Junior righthander Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) came on to get the final out with a runner on in the seventh inning as Montclair State posted a 3-2 victory and earned a split of their NJAC doubleheader with No. 17 Ramapo College on Tuesday afternoon.

MSU (12-6, 2-2 NJAC), dropped the opening game 5-4 as the Roadrunners scored three times in the bottom of the seventh. The split also gave head coach Anita Kubicka her 599th victory, one shy of joining baseball coach Norm Schoenig as the only head coaches in MSU history to reach 600 career wins.

In the opener, the Red Hawks got on the board in the second inning when rookie Adrian Rastocny (Colonia, NJ) scored from second base on a single up the middle by senior Kelly Karp (Edison, NJ) to take a 1-0 lead. In the sixth inning Montclair State hit back to back home runs when Karp hit a two-run home run over the right field fence before junior Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ) cracked a solo home run over the left field fence for a 4-0 lead.

Ramapo got back in the bottom of the sixth when rookie Brittany Morgan (Colonia, NJ) knocked in rookie Tiffany Fischer (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) from third base, she reached on a single up the middle to lead off the inning. Sophomore Stephanie Malgeri (Montville, NJ) knocked in Farmer on an infield hit to cut the lead in half, 4-2.

Pinch hitter rookie Laura Herget (Paramus, NJ) reached base on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning and sophomore Rachel Wong (Livingston, NJ) walked. One out later Fischer ripped a double to center field to tie the game at 4-4. Senior Marilee Farmer (Toms River, NJ) poked a single up the middle that scored Fischer for the game winning run, 5-4.

Winning pitcher Deanna Giordano (Clifton, NJ) recorded five strikeouts in the game, she surrendered four runs (three earned) without walking a batter. Fischer and Farmer were each 2-4 while Fischer scored two runs and picked up two RBI and Farmer scored one run and one RBI.

For Montclair, Karp took the loss, falling to 5-2 on the year, she struck out five and walked two. Junior Amanda Livsey (Congers, NY) was 2-2 while Karp went 2-3 with three RBI.

In game two, Montclair jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Livsey recorded a ground out to second base that scored sophomore Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ) from third base who reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning.

Ramapo tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Malgeri ripped a single to right center field scoring senior Kelly Schriber (Montclair, NJ) from third base, she walked earlier in the inning and moved up to third base on a throwing error. Montclair took the lead back in the top of the second on a single to left field by sophomore Samantha Depken (Wyckoff, NJ) that scored Nance who doubled to left field.

Ramapo tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning. Sophomore Brittney McKeon (Toms River, NJ) singled to left field and moved up to third base on a wild pitch and pass ball before junior Katie Donnelly (North Haledon, NJ) picked up the RBI on a line out to center field for a 2-2 tie. Montclair took the lead for good in the sixth when rookie Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ) singled home Nance who doubled to left field to lead off the inning.

The Red Hawks were able to hold the Roadrunners in the seventh for a 3-2 win. Persico recorded the final out of the inning to pick up her first save of the season. Rastocny (posted her sixth win of the season, holding Ramapo to three hits, she struck out four while walking four. Nance was 2-3 with one run scored while senior Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, NJ) was 1-2 in the game and Gonzalez was 3-3 with one run scored.

Sophomore Lyndsay Buehler (River Vale, NJ) recorded the loss, dropping to 6-2 on the year, she struck out four while walking two.

The Red Hawks return to action on Thursday, April 2 when they face Hunter College at the MSU Softball Stadium beginning at 3:30 pm.