Softball Wraps Up Florida Trip with Sweep

Orlando, FL (3/19/09) – The Montclair State softball team wrapped up its Rebel Spring Games appearance on Thursday as the Red Hawks stretched their winning streak to eight with identical 4-1 wins against Endicott and Utica College. MSU finished its trip at 4-2 winning the final contests by a combined 44-10 score.

Montclair got solid pitching again from the tandem of senior lefty Kelly Karp (Edison, NJ / Edison) and freshman Adrian Rastocny (Colonia, NJ / Colonia). Karp picked up the win in the first game as she improved to 4-0. She then came on to toss two shutout innings for her second save as Montclair limited Utica to just two hits in the game. Rastocny (4-1) earned the win as she went the first five innings.

The Red Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Endicott. Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice. Gonzalez then advanced to third on a ground out and scored as Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) doubled home the run.

Endicott would tie the game in the top of the second on an unearned run and the game remained tied until the fifth when Montclair plated three runs.

Gonzalez singled with one out and Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) was hit by a pitch. Jennifer Jimenez (Linden, NJ / Linden) ripped a run scoring double to give Montclair the lead and Karp would help her own cause with an RBI single as MSU moved in front 3-1. Junior Amanda Livsey (Congers, NY / Clarkstown North) drew a bases-loaded walk for the final Red Hawks run.

Karp allowed three hits, struck out six and walked three. Gonzalez was 3-for-4 while Jimenez was 2-for-4.

A three-run inning proved to be the difference in the win against Utica as Montclair snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth. Mozek led off with a double before Jimenez blasted a two-run homer, her second of the year as the Red Hawks led 2-0. Durkin and Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro) collected back-to-back singled and after an error loaded the bases, Rastocny helped herself with a fielder’s choice RBI giving Montclair a three-run advantage.

Utica got a run back in the bottom half of the fourth, but Montclair would get it back in the seventh as Mozek delivered a run with a ground out.

Rastocny allowed two hits and a run in her start, working her way around four walks and a strikeout. Karp walked two, but escaped with no damage to earn the save. Nance had two hits for the Red Hawks.

MSU returns to New Jersey and plays its home opener on Tuesday, March 24 as Montclair hosts Oneonta State at the MSU Softball Stadium, site of the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championship,  at 3:00 pm.