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Monday, April 23, 2007

MU softball update/from MU SID EO

MU comment - disasterous weekend for first place hopes. Pitching! Pitching !Pitching!!!




The Monmouth University softball team dropped a pair of Northeast Conference doubleheaders and a nonconference double dip during the week to fall to 23-14 and 9-5 in the NEC.

The Hawks dropped two games to Lehigh on Wednesday before being swept by Long Island 1-0 and 6-1 on Saturday and 6-5 and 8-0 by Wagner on Sunday.



The softball team had its eight-game winning streak snapped earlier in the week when they were swept by Lehigh in a non-conference doubleheader 5-2 and 9-1 on Wednesday



In the first game, Lehigh scored five runs in the third inning to jump in front of MU and went on to defeat the Hawks 5-2. Kristine Sawlsville (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to keep the Mountain Hawks at bay, while only surrendering one hit and striking out four with no walks.



Candice Palumbo (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a triple, while also driving in a run to pace the MU offense. Nichole Alvarez (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) had a hit and scored and a run and Jessica Nicola (South Amboy, N.J./Sayreville) had a base hit and a run driven in and Jaime Jurewicz (Holland, Pa./Nazareth Academy) added a single as well.



In the nightcap, Lehigh scored three runs in the second inning and five in the third to pull away from the Hawks. Lee Simonetti (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot for MU, while Lisa DiLeo (Commack, N.Y./Commack) added a base hit as well. Dawn Gilchrist (Newfoundland



The Hawks then dropped a pair of games to Long Island 1-0 and 6-1 Saturday afternoon at LIU Field in Northeast Conference play.



The first game featured a pitcher’s duel between two of the best hurlers in the NEC as LIU’s Jenny Giles pitched a complete-game shutout to best MU’s Kristine Sawlsville (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson), who threw a two-hitter. Sawlsville struck out six and walked only one in the game.



Palumbo got Monmouth’s first hit of game one with a two-out double in the top of the second and appeared poised to score the game’s first run after Lisa DiLeo (Commack, N.Y./Commack) blooped a single over shortstop, but LIU’s Chelsea Martinson cut Palumbo down at the plate to end the third frame.



Pinch-hitter Holly Erwin got the game’s scoring started for LIU with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the third inning, the Blackbirds first hit of the game, to give the hosts a 1-0 lead after three.



Simonetti led off the top of the fifth inning with a double to right field for the Blue and White, the second straight inning MU led off the frame with a two-bagger after Kara O'Dell (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) did it in the fourth, but the Hawks failed to push a run across the plate.



In the second game, LIU got on the board first again as Brittany Murphy scored on an errant Gilchrist throw as she tried to complete a double play and the Blackbirds went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Alvarez gunned down the third out of the bottom of the second at home, but the Blackbirds struck again in the frame for three runs on two Monmouth errors to take a 4-0 lead.



Jurewicz got the Hawks on the board when she smacked a two-out solo home run over the right-centerfield fence to cut the LIU lead to 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Randi Gillespie answered for LIU with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to extend the Blackbird lead to 6-1. Monmouth stranded eight runners in game of the two games of the doubleheader.



Monmouth concluded the week by dropping a pair of Northeast Conference games to Wagner Sunday afternoon, 6-5 in 10 innings and 8-0.



In the first game MU took a 5-4 lead over the Seahawks in the top of the tenth inning when Nicola drove in Gina Mignogna (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape), but the Hawks were unable to keep the lead, giving up two runs in the bottom of the frame.



Monmouth got the scoring started when Nicola drove in Simonetti in the top of the first inning and got on the board again in the top of the fourth when Gordon hit a solo home run to give MU a 2-0 lead. Wagner struck for one in the bottom of the sixth and MU answered when Nicola scored on a O'Dell sacrifice fly.



The Seahawks got three in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at four before sending the contest into extra innings.



Sawlsville started the game and gave up four earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched before giving way to Angela Rand (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert), who pitched the final three innings of relief and collected the loss, falling to 4-3 on the season.



Nicola went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while Simonetti also went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Gordon had three hits, including the home run, and Gilchrist added two hits.



In the second game, the Monmouth bats couldn’t get anything going against Wagner’s Kate Eshelman as the freshman threw a complete game two-hitter and didn’t walk a batter.



Monmouth returns to action this Thursday, April 26 when they travel to Rider for a 3 p.m. nonconference doubleheader with the Broncs.

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