Softball took home three out of four games this past weekend against Marist in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Hawks won both of their matchups on Saturday and split the doubleheader on Sunday.
Senior pitcher Alyssa Irons was lights out in the first contest of the four-game weekend series as she earned herself the complete game win by pitching eight innings giving up only three runs while tallying eight strikeouts.
Trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, junior Lindsey Baron, hit a two-run shot to tie the game. Senior infielder, Deangie Jimenez, would go on to hit a 2-RBI base knock to give the Blue and White a 4-2 lead and enough of a cushion for them to walk away with the 4-3 victory.
Jimenez would continue her hot streak into the part two of the double header, as she once again gave the Hawks a lead in the top of the fifth, starting off the inning with a solo shot.
Senior outfielder Morgan Maziarz broke the game wide open with a three-run blast increasing the Blue and White’s lead to four, ultimately winning 4-1.
Sophomore pitcher Kylie Gletow earned her third win of the season with a line of six innings pitched, five hits and only one run in the contest. Irons would close the game out and earn her first save of the season.
Their first contest on Sunday resulted in a 2-1 loss, as the Hawks were not able to muster much on the offensive end, being held to only two hits the entire game. Irons was credited with her third loss on the season even though she only allowed one earned run in 6.2 inning pitched. The lone Monmouth run came off an at-bat from junior infielder Danielle Dominik who drew a walk with the bases loaded.
While runs came as a premium in the first leg of the doubleheader, game two was a different story.
The Hawks scored early and often as four runners crossed home plate before Marist even had a chance to bat, making the score 4-0. Monmouth did a good job on working the count as both Jimenez and freshman infielder Julia Theur walked the bases loaded to score in runs.
Senior catcher Tommi Stowers increased the lead to 5-0 with a solo shot to straight-away center in the top of the fourth inning. Monmouth would then go on to score two more runs in the sixth inning and eventually won 7-2.
Gletow got the nod to start for the Hawks and did not disappoint throwing her third complete game of the season. She only allowed two runs while striking out six batters, for her fourth win of the year.
“I was really pleased with how we played today,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg, “Even though we split, it was a solid day of softball.”
After their four game series against Marist, the Hawks now have an 11-5 record, which is good for the highest win percentage in the MAAC at .688.
The Hawks are back to action on Wednesday where they face off in a doubleheader at home against Rider who currently has a record of 11-11.
First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., with the second game set to start immediately after.
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