WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Tish Derer
(Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Basil Academy), Kayla Weiser
(Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area) and Shannon Fitzgerald
(Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) had two hits each as the Monmouth University softball team split its doubleheader with Temple, Wednesday afternoon at MU Softball Park. The Owls took the first game, 7-3, before Monmouth won the second game, 7-5. With the split, the Hawks move to 24-13, while the Owls are now 19-18. Vanessa Cardoza
(Santa Ana, Calif./Ocean View) added two hits, three RBI’s and two runs scored, while Alicia DeSanto
(Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby), Kaitie Schumacher
(San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) and Kate Kuzma
(Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck) had two hits each. Schumacher, Scherr and Kuzma drove in two runs each. Jordan Barnett
(Eads, Colo./Eads [Garden City C.C.]) picked up the Game 2 win, limiting the Owls to one earned run on six hits and a walk, while striking out two in four innings of relief. On the day, Barnett hurled seven innings of one-run ball, striking out six.
Temple got on the board in the third inning, as Stephanie Pasquale’s double knocked in Anne Marcopolus, while Sarah Prezioso crossed the plate on Ali Robinson’s low-liner to second base to give the Owls a 2-0 edge as both runs were unearned off Monmouth starter Lauren Sulick
The Owls posted a five-run fourth inning to take a 7-0 advantage, as Temple put together six hits in the frame. A pair of singles preceded a Marcopolus one-out double to left center, giving Temple a 3-0 lead, and after the Owls loaded the bases with one out, both Pasquale and Robinson added run-scoring singles to push TU’s lead to 5-0. Kelsey Dominik then laced a two-out, two-run single up the middle to account for the seven-run difference.
The Hawks got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth, but could draw no closer. Weiser walked and moved to second on Raelynn Galindo
’s (Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda) single to right. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, before Fitzgerald singled home Weiser. Cardoza reached on a throwing error by the third baseman to load the bases, before Galindo and Fitzgerald scored on Kuzma’s single off the center field wall, cutting the deficit to 7-3.
Sulick (8-5) surrendered five earned runs on nine hits in four innings of work with four strikeouts in taking the loss. Kelsey Dominik took the win in the circle for Temple, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and five walks, while striking out four.
In Game 2, the Owls loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch, a single and a fielder’s choice, before two runs scored on Robinson’s two-run sacrifice fly to deep center field, giving Temple a 2-0 lead after one half inning.
The Hawks responded with four runs in the bottom of the first, all with two outs. Derer reached on a leadoff walk, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Cardoza’s single to right. After Fitzgerald reached on an error, Schumacher tripled home two more runs to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Kuzma’s double later in the inning made it 4-2 Hawks after one inning.
Monmouth added another run in the second inning. The Hawks loaded the bases on a pair of infield singles and a walk, before Cardoza’s fielder’s choice scored Derer to push the lead to 5-1. The Owls whittled away at the lead with Robinson’s leadoff solo blast to center in the fourth. Dominik followed with an RBI double later in the inning and the Hawks’ lead was down to 5-4 after four. Temple tied the game with an RBI groundout by Pasquale, after Prezioso tripled just prior.
The Hawks bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead, 7-5. Monmouth loaded the bases on an error, a single and a walk, before Scherr singled home Cardoza and Fitzgerald.
The Owls threatened with a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases before Barnett recorded an out in the sixth. But the senior hurler got a pair of strikeouts and a line out to extinguish the threat and preserve the 7-5 lead.
Three straight singles from DeSanto, Weiser and Cardoza to start the bottom of the sixth plated an insurance run for the Hawks, pushing their lead to 8-5. Barnett recorded the final three outs to close out the victory.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, when they travel to Northeast Conference foe Mount St. Mary’s. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Emmitsburg, Md.