TEANECK, N.J. -
The Monmouth University softball team ripped 27 hits in a two-game sweep of
Garden State Northeast Conference rival Fairleigh Dickinson, Saturday afternoon
at FDU Softball Field. The Hawks held on for a 6-5 victory in Game 1, before
silencing the Knights, 8-0, in six innings in Game 2. Kaitie Schumacher (San
Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) led the way with five hits, while Kate Kuzma
(Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck) had a team-best five RBI's. With the sweep, the
Hawks improve to 16-14 (7-5 NEC), while the Knights fall to 23-14 (5-7 NEC).
Schumacher went 5-for-8 with
a home run, three runs scored and three RBI's, while Kuzma went 3-for-8 with a
double, a triple, a home run and five RBI's. Kayla Weiser (Vandergrift,
Pa./Kiski Area) and Christine Scherr (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) each went
4-for-7 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI's, while freshmen Vanessa
Cardoza (Santa Ana, Calif./Ocean View) and Kayleena Flores (Atwater,
Calif./Buhach Colony) added three hits each.
Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell,
N.J./Washington Township) picked up the Game 1 victory in the circle,
scattering five hits and two walks in the full seven innings. She struck out
two. Lauren Sulick (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) earned the Game 2 victory, keeping
the Knights off the scoreboard while limiting FDU to three hits and three walks
in going the distance. She struck out three.
Weiser got the Hawks on the
board first in Game 1 with a solo home run in the second. The lead swelled to
3-0 on the strength of an RBI double from Kuzma and an RBI single from Chelsea
Paprocki (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) in the fourth. The Knights got one run
back on a Jordan Needle solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, before the
Hawks pushed their lead by 6-1 with a run in the fifth and two more in the
Cardoza reached on a bunt
single to lead off the fifth, before Weiser doubled her in with one out. In the
sixth, Alicia DeSanto (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) walked with one out,
before Scherr homered to right center to give the Hawks a five-run cushion. The
round tripper was Scherr's league-leading ninth of the season.
The Hawks would need every
bit of the aforementioned run support, as the Knights struck for four runs in
the bottom of the seventh on three hits and two errors. After Schoelkopf got a
ground ball for the first out of the inning, Needle reached on a throwing
error. Following a second-consecutive error, this time a fielding miscue, FDU
had runners on first and second with one out. Bryana Dorado drove in Needle
with a double to cut the deficit to 6-2, before a walk loaded the bases.
Following a popout for the
second out, Lauren Hamilton singled in the third run. Kirsten Shreve's single
to left center plated two more runs to make it 6-5 Monmouth. But on the play, Hamilton
committed the cardinal sin of being thrown out at third base for the final out
of the inning and the game on a relay from Paprocki to Tish Derer
(Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) to Cardoza to extinguish the threat.
In Game 2, Scherr led off the
game with a double to right field. She moved to third on Derer's sacrifice
bunt, before her run was fully manufactured with the help of Schumacher's
single up the middle. The score remained 1-0 Monmouth until the fifth, when the
Hawks struck for five more runs.
Scherr once again got things
started, this time with a single, and moved to second on a fielding error by
the center fielder. Derer once again moved Scherr to third with a sacrifice
bunt, before Schumacher again singled her in. Following a Weiser single to put
runners on first and second, Kuzma sent a three-run blast over the center field
wall to push the Hawks' lead to 5-0. A Cardoza single, followed by Paprocki
reaching on an error set the table for DeSanto's RBI infield single with two
outs to complete the five-run fifth.
Schumacher then led off the
sixth with a home run to center field. Following a Weiser walk, Kuzma tripled
down the right field line to stake the Hawks to an 8-0 lead. Sulick then closed
the door in the bottom of the sixth to end the game by the eight-run mercy
The Hawks return to non-conference
action Wednesday, when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple. First
pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m.