Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Monmouth Advances to its Third-Straight MAAC Softball Championship Final

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  May 12, 2017

#5 Monmouth University – 2 | #3 Marist College – 0  

2017 MAAC Softball Championship Third Round – Game Nine

Donald E. Walsh Field

New Rochelle, NY

Score by Innings       1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R H E

Monmouth                 0 2 0 0 0 0 0    2  5  0

Marist                         0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  4  1

No. 5 Monmouth University defeated No. 3 Marist College, 2-0, to advance to its third consecutive MAAC Softball Championship round. The Hawks take on No. 6 Fairfield University. The 2017 MAAC Softball Championship final has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 14, with the time still to be determined due to impending weather conditions.  

The Hawks enter the Championship round as the No. 5 seed for the second time in program history. They went to the 2015 MAAC Softball Championship and faced No. 2 Fairfield. The No. 5 seed has never won a MAAC Softball Championship.

Junior Amanda Riley (17-17) tossed a complete game four-hit shutout for Monmouth. She struck out nine and walked two. Riley has pitched in all four games for Monmouth in the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship and has gone the distance in each start. The outing marked her 18th complete game and fifth shutout of the year (second in the Championship).

Through four starts in the MAAC Softball Championship, Riley is (3-1) with a 0.93 ERA (four earned runs/30.0 innings pitched). She has surrendered 15 hits, struck out 31, and walked 13. The junior finished all four of her starts, including a 9.0 inning performance against No. 1 Iona College in the second round of play.

Sophomore outfielder Jamine Higa accounted for both of Monmouth's runs in the victory. The sophomore drove in the game's first run with an RBI double to right-centerfield that scored senior infielder Rachel Shotzbarger. Higa crossed the plate later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Red-shirt senior Jessica Van Alphen started the game for Marist and went 1.2 innings, allowed two runs, earned, on two hits. She walked four and struck out none. Senior Jayne Oberdorf tossed 5.0 innings of scoreless relief for the Red Foxes. She allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out four.

With the loss, Marist has been eliminated from the 2017 MAAC Women's Softball Championship. The Red Foxes finished the season (37-22, 13-7 MAAC).

The winner of the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship earns the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The NCAA Softball Selection Show is on Sunday, May 14 on ESPN2 at 10:00 p.m.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship, visit maacsports.com/softball and be sure to follow the action on social media by using #MAACSoftball. 

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#3 Marist College – 5 | #4 Manhattan College – 4  

2017 MAAC Softball Championship Third Round – Game Eight

Donald E. Walsh Field

New Rochelle, NY

Score by Innings       1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R H E

Manhattan                 0 0 1 1 0 0 2    4  8  2

Marist                         0 0 0 2 0 0 3    5  8  3

No. 3 Marist College defeated No. 4 Manhattan College, 5-4, to advance in the losers bracket to take on No. 5 Monmouth University. The Red Foxes scored three runs in the bottom of the seven inning to erase a two-run deficit.

Senior outfielder Janna Korak led off the bottom of the seventh inning with an infield single. Senior catcher Rebecca Freeman followed with a single to rightfield, which advanced Korak to third. Korak scored on a Marist error to cut the lead to 4-3. Junior outfielder Kourtney Paul singled up the middle to tie the contest, 4-4. Junior outfielder Gabrielle Kelliher drove in the game's winning run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Paul went 4-4 with one RBI on the day for the Red Foxes, all four of her hits were singles. Sophomore Brandi Coon went 1-2 with an RBI, two runs scored, and two walks. Korak finished 1-3 with a run score, her lone hit of the day was the 200th of her career.

Marist got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior infielder Brittany Colombo slugged a two-run double to left-center field to tie the game, 2-2.

Sophomore Megan Beiermeister (11-6) earned the win for Marist. She tossed 2.0 inning in relief, allowed two runs, none earned, on three hits. She struck out two and walked two. Senior Jayne Oberdorf got the start for the Red Foxes. The senior went 3.0 innings, allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. She registered one strikeout and three walks. Sophomore Kallen Leeseberg pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief surrendered one hit, struck out one, and walked one.

Manhattan took a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning off an error by Marist coupled with an RBI single by junior outfielder Shannon Puthe.

The Jaspers scored the game's first run in the top of the third inning, junior Briana Matazinsky singled to rightfield, which scored freshman infielder Christine Gebhardt. Manhattan tallied its second run of the day on an error in the top of the fourth inning by the Red Foxes.

Freshman Nicole Williams (12-8) took the loss for the Jaspers. She pitched 2.2 innings in relief and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits. She struck out one and walked two.

The No. 4 seeded Jaspers have been eliminated from the 2017 MAAC Softball Championship and finished the season (34-21, 13-7 MAAC).   

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