Piscataway, N.J. – Monmouth University senior Lauren Sulick (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) set a new school record for career wins as the Hawks defeated Rutgers University in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon, 6-3. Sulick, who improved to 10-5 on the year, earned her 57th career victory in the Blue and White, behind a complete game, surrendering one earned run.
Sulick, who surrendered a lead-off single in the first and third innings, did not allow another hit until the seventh frame, as the Scarlet Knights were held to all singles. Sulick, who broke Scarlet Reuter’s record for wins (56; 1998-2001), also tallied six strikeouts to increase her career total to 387, which ranks third all-time at Monmouth.
“Lauren did an awesome job today shutting down Rutgers with six strikeouts, one walk and one earned run,” stated head coach Louie Berndt. “She was great. You could see it in her eyes that she wanted it and she went after it. Her teammates helped her out with 10 hits and scoring six runs. The final out of the game was a shallow hit to center, but Kayleena Flores made an exceptional running catch up the middle to secure the win and the record.”
Berndt added, “It was great to see the entire team play hard and help Lauren achieve this milestone.”
The Hawks, who improve to 27-13 on the season, scored all six run over the final four frames and held a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the fourth, sophomore Vanessa Cardoza (Santa Ana, Calif./Ocean View) broke the scoreless tie with a home run to left field, giving MU the 1-0 lead, while senior Kate Kuzma (Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck) provided further run support with a three-run homer in the sixth, as the Hawks took a 4-0 lead.
Cardoza extended Monmouth’s advantage in the top of the seventh with a single up the middle, which scored freshman Nikki Sandelier (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township), and later scored on a single up the middle by freshman Raelynn Galindo (Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda), which put the Hawks up 6-0.
The Rutgers offense was stalled until the bottom of the seventh inning, until a pair of singles from Alexis Durando and Jordan Whitley, coupled with a one-out error, led to the Scarlet Knights’ first run of the game.
Melanie Slowinski and Elizabeth Adams followed with run-scoring singles to cut the lead in half, 6-3, but the Scarlet Knights’ rally was stalled by consecutive popups, securing the win for the Hawks.
Monmouth, which pounded out 10 hits, got two hits apiece from Cardoza and Flores, while Alicia DeSanto (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) reached base three times on three walks.
Rutgers falls to 25-22 on the season.
Monmouth closes out the regular season this weekend with a Northeast Conference doubleheader at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, April 27, followed by a home doubleheader against Saint Francis University on Sunday, April 28 at noon, Senior Day, celebrating Monmouth’s six seniors.