Kissimme, FL (3/19/10) – The Montclair State
softball team closed out its appearance in the Rebel Spring Games on
Friday as MSU fell to Centenary College 6-2 before bouncing back with a
9-2 triumph over Utica College. The Red Hawks finished their 10-game
schedule at 5-5.
In a matchup of former player against alma mater, Kim (Caruso) Broking’s Cyclones got the best of MSU as Centenary pitching allowed just two hits in the four-run victory.
Centenary scored a run in each of the third first three innings and tacked on three more in the fourth before Montclair finally got on the board offensively.
Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) walked and Tori Ferrante (Edison, NJ / JP Stevens) got the first hit for MSU as she singled through the left side. Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) doubled to right center scoring Mozek with the first run. Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro) lofted a sacrifice fly to bring in the second run, but that would be the only scoring MSU would get.
Senior righthander Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) took the loss as she fell to 3-3.
After being held in check in the first game, Montclair State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Utica as Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) walked with the bases loaded to score Bergman.
Utica answered with a run in top of the third however Montclair quickly countered with five in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead. Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ /North Bergen) and Durkin each collected infield hits to drive in a run and Kelly O’Brien (Edison, NJ / Edison) single through the left side brought home the third run of the innings. Amanda Livsey (Congers, NY / Clarkstown North) plated a run with a ground out before Jamie Paulino (Linden, NJ / Linden) added an RBI single to round out the scoring.
Gonzalez had an RBI single and Paulino another RBI in the fourth as Montclair extended the lead 8-1. Utica put a run on the board in the top of the fifth but the Red Hawks got that back in the bottom half as Bergman delivered a ground out that scored Ferrante.
Freshman righthander Jamie Miller (Spotstwood, NJ / St. John Vianney) picked up the win as she tossed a complete game, walking one to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 while Nance had two of MSU’s 10 hits in the game.
The Red Hawks return back to New Jersey but stay on the road for their next contest. Montclair travels to DeSales University on Thursday, March 25 for a 3:00 pm doubleheader with the Bulldogs.