Softball Shuts Down, Shuts Out Staten Island

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Little Falls, NJ (4/8/10) – Senior righthander Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) tossed a five-hitter shutout in the opener while freshman Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) allowed just three hits in the nightcap as Montclair State swept a doubleheader from College of Staten Island, 3-0 and 13-0 at the MSU Softball Stadium on Thursday.

Senior Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro) went 3-for-4 with four RBI as the Red Hawks ran their winning streak to four games improving to 12-8 overall.

Michelle Ferraiuolo (Staten Island, NY / Moore Catholic) and Jennifer Volpe (Staten Island, NY / Moore Catholic) combined for four of the Dolphins eight hits as CSI dropped to 11-7.

Persico recorded her second shutout of the season as she upped her record to 6-5 on the year. The righty struck out seven and walked two allowing five singles. Danielle Ponsiglione (Staten Island, NY / St. Joseph by the Sea) took the loss falling to 8-2.

Scoreless through the first three innings, Montclair got all of its runs in the fourth inning as the Red Hawks recorded four straight hits after the first two batters were retired. Kelli O’Brien (Edison, NJ / Edison) singled which was followed by a base hit from Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen). Nance put the Red Hawks on the board with a single and Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) made it four consecutive hits as she knocked in Gonzalez and Nance as MSU built a four-run lead.

That proved to be more than enough for Persico, who ran into a little bit of trouble in the seventh as Staten Island loaded the bases with two outs. However she got the next hitter to ground out giving Montclair the 3-0 win.

Gonzalez finished with two hits for Montclair State.

In the second game, MSU scored eight unearned runs in the second inning as the Red Hawks took advantage of three CSI miscues and sent 12 batters to the plate. Bergman drove in the first run with a hit and Stephanie Szeliga (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield) brought in another with a ground out. Tori Ferrante (Edison, NJ / JP Stevens) and O’Brien each had RBI singles before Nance added a bases-clearing double as the Red Hawks led 8-0.

Montclair tacked on five more runs in the fourth Jennifer Melker (Hamilton, NJ / Steinert) had a two-run single while Jamie Paulino (Linden, NJ / Linden), Ferrante and Melissa La Cour (Sussex, NJ / Vernon Township) had one RBI apiece.

Miller (6-2) struck out two as she registered her second shutout of the year.

Ferrante and Nance had two hits apiece for the Red Hawks, who collected 11 in the game.

Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, April 10 as they host Rowan University at the MSU Softball Stadium beginning at 1:00 pm.