Little Falls, NJ (4/6/10) - The Montclair State
softball team took advantage of several miscues as the Red Hawks moved
back over the .500 mark with a New Jersey Athletic Conference twinbill
sweep of Ramapo College at the MSU Softball Stadium on Tuesday
The Red Hawks improved to 10-8 overall, 2-2 in the conference while the Roadrunners fell to 10-8. Ramapo is now 1-3 in the NJAC.
Montclair State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of the opener. Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) reached on an error to lead off the frame and moved around the diamond on a pair of ground outs before scoring on a base hit by Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro).
The Roadrunners would come back to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Katie Donnelly (North Haledon, NJ / Eastern Christian) and Amanda Kent (Sparta, NJ / Pope John XXIII) each singled to put runners on first and second. A ground ball out moved both runners up and both came into to score as Ashley Schirripa (Staten Island, NY / Fontbonne Hall Academy) ripped a single back through the middle.
MSU then tied the game in fourth as Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) singled home Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) from second base. Gonzalez reached on a base hit with one out.
A second Ramapo miscue would lead to giving Montclair the lead in the fifth. Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) reached on a one-out error and went to second on a groundout. Gonzalez then singled up the middle scoring Durkin as the Red Hawks led 3-2.
Ramapo would threaten in the top of the sixth as Schirripa’s grounder to lead off the inning was mishandled. Deanna Russomanno (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) went in to pinch run however she was picked off. The Roadrunners would get a two-out single by Tiffany Fischer (Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Pascack Hills), however she was stranded.
Senior righthander Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) picked up the victory as she evened her record at 5-5. Persico struck out two and walked one as she scattered seven hits. Deanna Giordano (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) took the loss as she fell to 4-4. The righthander gave up eight hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter while also allowing just one earned run.
Gonzalez and Stephanie Szeliga (So. Plainfield, NJ / So. Plainfield) had two hits apiece for Montclair State while Kent and Fischer were each 2-for-3 for Ramapo.
In the second game, Montclair State again led early scoring three times in the top of the first inning thanks in part to two Ramapo errors. Mozek led off with a single and came around to score as Tori Ferrante’s (Edison, NJ / JP Stevens) sacrifice attempt was thrown away. Ferrante scored on the second miscue of the inning and Kelli O’Brien (Edison, NJ / Edison) delivered an RBI single as the Red Hawks led 3-0.
Ramapo would battle back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. After putting the first two runners on, on a pair of fielder’s choices left the Roadrunners with first and second and two outs. Fischer came through with an RBI single and Lisa Orlando (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) followed with a two-run base hit as the Roadrunners knotted the game at 3-3.
But the third Ramapo error of the game proved most costly for the
Roadrunners as MSU pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the
sixth. Gonzalez singled in the infield with one out and an O'Brien base
hit put runners at first and second. MSU then pulled off a successful
double steal. On the play the throw down to third skipped away allowing
Gonzalez to score as Montclair State led 4-3.
Freshman righthander Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) made that hold up as she retired the final six batters in a row to improve to 5-2. Miller scattered six hits. Lyndsay Buehler (Rivervale, NJ / Pascack Valley) took the loss falling to 6-2.
Gonzalez and O'Brien had two hits for Montclair State while Kent was 2-for-3 for the Roadrunners.
Both teams return to action against College of Staten Island. Ramapo takes on the Dolphins tomorrow afternoon with Montclair State hosting CSI at the MSU Softball Stadium on Thursday, April 8.