SOFTBALL OUTSLUGS CCSU, 11-6
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Kaitie Schumacher (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI's as the Monmouth University softball team defeated Central Connecticut, 11-6, Monday afternoon at CCSU Softball Field. The game was the second of a doubleheader originally scheduled for Sunday, before Game 2 was rained out. With the win, the Hawks improve to 18-18 (8-8 NEC), while the Blue Devils fall to 25-17 (7-7 NEC).
With the outburst, Schumacher now nine home runs, second only to Christine Scherr's (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) NEC-leading 10, and a team-leading 31 RBI's on the season. Kayla Weiser (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area), Kate Kuzma (Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck), Kayleena Flores (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony) and Alicia DeSanto (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) contributed two hits each for the Hawks. Flores and Vanessa Cardoza (Santa Ana, Calif./Ocean View) scored twice each, with Cardoza hitting her fourth home run of the season.
Lauren Sulick (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) picked up the win in the circle for Monmouth, allowing five earned runs on five hits and five walks in five innings pitched. She struck out two. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) pitched two innings in relief, limiting CCSU to one earned run on a solo home run. She struck out three.
The Blue Devils struck first for one run on Nicole Springer's RBI single in the first. The Hawks answered back on Cardoza's solo home run in the second to tie the game at 1-1. Schumacher then led off the fourth with a solo home run to left, giving the Hawks their first lead of the game at 2-1. Monmouth would never trail again.
Weiser followed with a single, before Kuzma doubled to put runners on second and third. An error on the next play allowed both runners to score and left Flores on third. Flores scored on Chelsea Paprocki's (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) sacrifice fly.
Scherr led off the fifth with a bunt single, before moving to second on Tish Derer's (Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) sacrifice bunt. Scherr then scored on Schumacher's second home run of the day, this time a blast to center field, putting the Hawks on top, 7-1.
The Blue Devils got four runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Arielle Bruno started the scoring with a two-run home run to left. Two walks and a Springer single loaded the bases for Sarah Vlahos, who doubled in two more runs to cut the Hawks' lead to 7-5.
Schumacher struck for her fourth and fifth RBI's of the game with a two-out single in the sixth, scoring DeSanto and Paprocki to cushion the Hawks' lead to 9-5. Monmouth added two more runs on three hits and two errors in the top of the seventh. Flores singled, moving Cardoza to third, before both runners advanced an additional base on an errant throw. Flores later scored on a similar play in which DeSanto singled and a throwing error allowed all runners to advance.
Tessa Brown homered down the right field line to lead off the bottom of the seventh to account for the final 11-6.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, when they play host to Garden State foe Rider in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at MU Softball Park.