Softball Wins Two Against TCNJ

Ewing, NJ (4/12/08) – Freshman leftfielder Leslie Gonzalez (right) singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh as No. 12 Montclair State capped off a sweep of The College of New Jersey with a 4-3 victory in the nightcap of an NJAC doubleheader on Saturday.

The Red Hawks, who won the opener in extra innings by the same margin, set a school record as they ran their winning streak to 19 games, improving to 26-2 overall, 10-0 in the NJAC.TCNJ saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end as the Lions are now 18-12 on the year and 6-4 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Game 1: Montclair State 4, TCNJ 3 (8 innings)
Montclair’s Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, NJ/Linden) raced home on a wild pitch for the winning run in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Red Hawks to a victory in the opening game.

The Red Hawks got the early lead scoring in their opening at bat as Maureen Shockley (Magnolia, NJ/Triton) tripled in a run and then scored on a fielder’s choice by Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ/West Orange).

The Lions trimmed that lead in half in the bottom of the fourth as senior Christina Lizzi (Wyckoff, NJ/Ramapo) hit a double and sophomore Danielle Hagel (Egg Harbor, NJ/Oakcrest) followed with another making it a 2-1 game.

Montclair got that run right back as Kacie Neurouter (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Again, TCNJ fought back and made it 3-2 in the latter half of the inning as freshman Steph Cintron (Northvale, NJ/Old Tappan) scored on a ground out by sophomore Rachel Greeby (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury). In the bottom of the seventh, the Lions forced extra innings as junior Kelly Armstrong (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Memorial) singled in the tying run.

Picking up the win for MSU was senior Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ/Jefferson Township) as she improved to 13-2. Taking the loss for the Lions was sophomore Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, NJ/Cliffside Park).

Game 2: Montclair State 4, TCNJ 3

The Red Hawks overcame a home run by TCNJ’s Ellen Seavers (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) in the top of the seventh inning that tied the score at three, to plate the winning run in the bottom half of the innings. That winning run came when Gonzalez singled home Kelly Karp (Edison, NJ/Edison) making the final 4-3.

TCNJ opened the scoring in the top of the first as Armstrong singled in a run, but Montclair countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second as Karp drove in two runs with a triple. 

The first of MSU’s run brought an end to TCNJ pitcher Alex Sietsma (Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) scoreless inning streak at 32.2 innings without allowing a run.

The Lions tied the game in the third with a run as Lizzi brought home Colleen Cawley (Riverton, NJ/Holy Cross) with a single.

MSU got the run right back in the bottom of the inning  as Jackie Ferranti (Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield) scored on a ground out by Jimenez setting the stage for the exciting final inning.

Sietsma suffered the loss for the Lions, while McCrea pitched one inning of relief to collect her second win of the day.

MSU returns to action on Tuesday, April 15 as the Red Hawks host New Jersey City University at the MSU Softball Stadium beginning at 3:00 pm