Softball Sweeps Past Endicott, Nichols at Rebel Spring Games

Endicott Box / Nichols Box

Kissimmee, FL (3/17/10) - Senior righthander Elia Persico (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) scattered seven hits in the opener and then came one for a save in the nightcap as Montclair State moved back to the .500 mark as the Red Hawks knocked off Endicott and Nichols, 4-0 and 6-4 respectively at the Rebel Spring Games on Wednesday afternoon.

Montclair is now 3-3 on the season and will face Hendrix at 1:00 pm on Thursday followed by a 3:00 pm contest against McDaniel College.

Persico improved to 2-1 on the season as she struck out three and walked one in picking up the victory. She allowed the first two runners to reach base in the second but worked out of that inning and put two on with one out in the fourth before working her way out as well.

Despite Persico’s brilliant pitching, she was still locked into a scoreless battle in the fifth when the Red Hawks finally broke through. Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) singled with one out and remained on the basepath as an error allowed her to reach second. She then scored on Endicott’s second miscue of the inning as Montclair led 1-0.

MSU extended the lead with three more in the sixth. Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) singled to open the inning and Tori Ferrante (Edison, NJ / JP Stevens) walked to put runners on first and second. After two outs were made, Gonzalez tripled to right field scoring both runners as Montclair led 3-0. Megan Durkin (West Orange, NJ / West Orange) walked and then got into a run down between first and second long enough for Gonzalez to cross the plate with the fourth run.

Gonzalez finished with two of Montclair State’s four hits in the game.

In the second game, the Red Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Mozek led off with a double and Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) walked. Both would come around to score as Kelly Nance (Marlboro, NJ / Marlboro) laced a two-run double. Nance would score on an error and Kelly O’Brien’s (Edison, NJ / Edison) RBI single gave Montclair a four-run cushion.

MSU added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings as Nance plated one with a ground ball and Bergman lined a single as the Red Hawks were up 6-0.

Freshman Jamie Miller (Spotswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) allowed just two hits through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth as Nichols scored four times on five hits to cut the Montclair lead to 6-4.

Persico came on in the seventh and allowed runners to reach second and third with one out however she retired the next two hitters to pick up her 10th career save moving her ahead of Carolyn McCrea for the top spot on the all-time MSU list in that category. Miller picked up her first career victory (1-1).

Mozek, Ferrante, Gonzalez and O’Brien had two hits apiece for the Red Hawks, who collected 11 in the game.