Softball Team Competes in the Seton Hall Pirate Classic

The softball team sits at 7-6 after going 2-3 in the 2012 Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, N.J. over the weekend. The Hawks lost to Texas Tech and Seton Hall twice, and defeated Manhattan in two games.

Vanessa Cardoza has the highest batting average through 13 games, batting .415 and leading the team with 17 hits. She also leads the team with 14 RBI’s. Katie Schumacher is right behind her with 12.

Lauren Sulick has pitched in eight games, starting six. She is 5-2 and has a pair of complete games. She pitched 34.1 innings and sports an ERA of 2.24. Alissa Schoelkopf is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Schoelkopf leads the team with 23 strikeouts.

As a team, the Hawks have a .965 fielding percentage. They have committed 14 errors this sea-son, nine less than their opponents.

Cardoza leads the team defensively with 24 assists, followed by Tish Derer with 23.

The Blue and White opened the tournament Friday with a loss to Texas Tech. Despite out-hitting their opponent 11 to six, MU lost 4-2.

Sulick pitched the entire game and took the loss. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked six.

Christine Scherr, Kayleena Flores, and Schumacher each had two hits for the Hawks.

Cardoza and Chelsea Paprocki each had an RBI.

MU missed plenty of opportunities to take control of the game. The Hawks left 12 runners on base in the contest.

Later Friday afternoon, the Blue and White faced Manhattan. The Hawks dominated 8-0 and the game ended after five innings.

Schoelkopf pitched the entire game and allowed only two hits. She struck out and walked four.

Scherr batted two for two in the game. She was walked once and scored a run.

Cardoza was one for two from the dish, scoring a run and tallying three RBI’s.

Monmouth opened the game up in the third inning. Leading 2-0, they took over.

Alicia Desanto opened the inning with a walk. Scherr followed with a single. Derer reached with a bunt, loading the bases. Cardoza walked, scoring Desanto and keeping the bases loaded. After an out, Schumacher doubled down the line, emptying the bases.

MU scored four in the inning on two hits, and two runners left on base.

The Hawks added a couple more runs in the fourth. Cardoza singled to right center, knocking in Scherr and Desanto.

On Saturday Monmouth fell twice to Seton Hall, 4-1 and 3-0.

Schumacher and Kayleena Flores two for five over the course of the two games. Paprocki had the only RBI on the day, plating Kayla Weiser in the first game.

Sulick and Jordan Barnett took the losses for the Hawks.

In their most recent game, MU defeated Manhattan 3-2 thanks to a Weiser sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate Desanto.

The Hawks out-hit Manhattan nine to four. Scherr batted three for four in the game and scored a run. Cardoza, Weiser and Kuzma each had an RBI.

Schoelkopf pitched 4.1 innings and allowed two runs and three hits. She struck out one and walked four. Sulick pitched 2.2 innings and got the win. She allowed no runs and one hit while striking out four and walking one.

The Blue and White opens their (NEC) schedule on Saturday with a doubleheader against Sacred Heart starting at 1:00 pm.

Quinnipiac comes to West Long Branch Sunday for a doubleheader at noon.

Monmouth takes a break from NEC play and stays home Wednesday afternoon for a 3:30 pm match up with Saint Joseph’s.