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Monday, April 30, 2007

MU weekly softball l update from MU and SID EO

Team Notes

The Monmouth University softball team is now 28-16 overall and 11-5 in the Northeast Conference, one game behind Wagner for second place. The Hawks end their regular season this Sunday, May 6 when they host Sacred Heart at 3 p.m.

The Monmouth University softball team scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete a 6-4 comeback win over Rutgers Wednesday afternoon in nonconference action.

Dawn Gilchrist (Newfoundland, N.J./Jefferson) drove in Jessica Nicola (South Amboy, N.J./Sayreville) with the tying run and Heather Gordon (Hatboro, Pa./Mount St. Joseph’s) scored the winning run on an error by the rightfielder on the same play in the top of the seventh inning. Alexa Ferrara (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) drove in Gilchrist with the insurance run one batter later for Monmouth.

Gordon started the game in the circle and re-entered in the seventh to earn her first save of the year, and Danielle Ellement (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Newbury Park) pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the win to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Nichole Alvarez (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases, which gives her 36 for the season and establishes a new Monmouth single-season record. She eclipses the previous mark of 35 held by Dawn Marino in 1995. Her 53 career stolen bases already place her in fourth place all-time for career swipes at Monmouth.
The Hawks trailed 4-1 after four innings before scoring once in the sixth and four times in the seventh. Alvarez, Nicola, Gordon and Gilchrist each singled in the final frame to push across the four runs and Gordon came back into the game and picked up her first save of the season.

Jaime Jurewicz (Holland, Pa./Nazareth Academy) went 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Hawks, who return to action tomorrow, April 26 when they travel to take on Rider for a 3 pm nonconference doubleheader.

Gordon drove in eight runs in the two games combined, giving her 58 RBI on the season, and won the second game in the circle to lead the Hawks. In the first game, Monmouth trailed the hosts 4-1 after three innings before scoring eight unanswered runs, two in the fourth and three each in the sixth and seventh, to complete the 9-4 comeback run.

Lee Simonetti (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) was 2-for-3 in the lead-off spot with three runs scored and a run driven in. Gordon had a double, but drive in three runs in the first, while teammate Jurewicz continue her hot hitting of late by going 3-for-4 with a RBI and Kara O'Dell (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) had two hits and a run driven in.

Kristine Sawlsville (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) earned the win to improve to 13-5. She threw 3.1 innings of shutout, one-hit relief, striking out five batters and walking only one.

In the nightcap, Monmouth blew the game wide open in the top of the third when Simonetti walked Alvarez reached an error by the third baseman and Jessica Nicola (South Amboy, N.J./Sayreville) singled to load the bases, setting up a Gordon grand-slam to give MU a 5-0 lead.

Simonetti scored twice, Nicola went 2-for-4 with a RBI and Gordon ended the game with five runs driven in. Alexa Ferrara (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and driven in and Jurewicz added two hits, including her third home run of the year, two runs scored and two RBI. Alyson Slattery (Staten Island, N.Y./St. John Villa Academy) collected a hit, run scored and a RBI for MU in game two.

Gordon threw two shutout innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 3-5 in the circle this season.

The Monmouth University softball team slugged their way to a doubleheader sweep over Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon, 10-8 and 11-7 in Northeast Conference action. In the first game, sophomore Sawlsville started and pitched five innings to earn the win, while striking out six batters, before giving way to senior Angela Rand (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) in the sixth inning.

Alvarez walked twice, scored two runs and swiped a pair of bases in the game, while Nicola had a RBI double in the third inning that scored Alvarez. Gilchrist followed with a single that scored in the top of the third for MU.

The Blue and White continued their assault when O'Dell laced a single to center, followed by Candice Palumbo (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) driving in Gilchrist with a base hit. Jurewicz walked to load the bases and Gina Mignogna (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) then followed with a RBI groundout for Monmouth.

In the top of the fourth, Alvarez led off with a base hit and Gordon drilled a two-run home run to left. Gilchrist doubled and scored on a wild pitch as the Hawks put three runs on the board in the inning. In the top of the sixth, Gilchrist led off with a solo home run and Jurewicz and Simonetti followed with run-scoring hits, the former a double.

Gordon went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Gilchrist and O’Dell each went 3-for-5 with the senior shortstop drilling a double as well, and Palumbo added two hits.

In the second game, Sawlsville came in during the fifth inning with the bases loaded and struck out two batters to navigate MU through what could have been a very big inning for the Mount. The hosts scored four in the first and two in the second to go up 6-2 after two innings.

MU took the game over with one of their bigger innings of the year when they exploded in the top of the third inning. Alvarez led off the third with a double and was chased home when Nicola blasted a home run over the left field fence. Gordon then walked, Gilchrist singled to right and O’Dell singled to center to load the bases for MU with no outs. Paulmbo, Jurewicz and Mignogna then all reached on errors and Alvarez drove in two with a triple following a Simonetti fly out.

Nicola then tagged her second two-run home run of the inning to blow the game wide open. Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a triple and a double, scored three runs and drove in two. Nicola had three hits, including the two round-trippers, and drove in four runs.

The Monmouth University softball team was swept by non-conference opponent Columbia, 8-4 and 8-6 on Sunday afternoon at the MU Softball Park.

In game one, senior Rand started in the circle and allowed four hits, three runs, two of which were earned and one walk in her four innings of work. She gave way to Sawlsville who pitched the final three innings, and she surrendered five hits and five runs, but only one run was earned, while striking out four and walking none.

MU fell behind 3-0 but struck for two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-3 lead. Simonetti led off the fourth with a single and Alvarez followed suit with a base hit through the left side. After Nicola and Gordon reached on an error and fielder’s choice, respectively and O'Dell drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, Simonetti singled with two outs and Alvarez then doubled. Nicola drilled a double down the left line to plate Alvarez, but it was the last run the Blue and White would push across. Simonetti went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a run.

In the second game, Columbia struck for four runs in the first and three the second, but MU countered with three of their own in the bottom of the second. Gilchrist singled home Alvarez in the home half of the first for MU.

In the bottom of the second, Ferrara led off with a single and Mignogna followed with a base hit. Alvarez then came up and blasted a three-run home run, her first of the season, over the left field fence to cut the Columbia lead to 7-4.

MU struck for two more in the fifth as Gordon scored on a Ferrara fielder’s choice and Gilchrist crossed home on a wild pitch to conclude the Hawks’ scoring. Alvarez was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored in the game. Gordon pitched the final 4.1 of the game in relief and allowed only one run.

Before the game, Monmouth’s four seniors, Ellement, Gilchrist, Gordon and Rand were honored with Senior Day presentations.

The Hawks return to action on Sunday, May 6 when they conclude their regular season by hosting Sacred Heart on the Northeast Conference's make-up weekend in a home doubleheader at 3 p.m. MU and the Pioneers were originally slated to meet on Sunday, April 15 but that doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brevity is underappreciated.

Hook'em Hawks

1:30 PM, May 01, 2007  

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