Broncs walk off in Game 1, split with Monmouth

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: April 08, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJMonica Clark (Bryn Mawr, PA/Archbishop Carroll) went 5-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI as the Rider University softball team split with hOURglass rival Monmouth Saturday afternoon at Herb & Joan Young Field. The Broncs walked off with an 8-7 victory in Game 1 before falling in Game 2, 11-1. With the split, Rider moves to 4-25 (1-5 MAAC), while the Hawks are now 10-19 (2-2 MAAC). 

At least one run was scored in each of the first seven half-innings of Game 1. The Hawks scored twice in the top of the first, before Rider answered with four in the bottom frame. Alexa Feliciano’s (Thousand Oaks, CA/Oak Park) two-out, bases-clearing double did the majority of the damage. Monmouth scored one run in the top of the second, before Rider countered with two on an error and an RBI single by Delany DeMello (Roseville, CA/Roseville) to take a 6-3 lead. Both teams scored once in the third, with Sabrina Torres (Clifton, NJ/Paramus Catholic) supplying the Rider run on an RBI double. 

Monmouth chipped away with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to tie the game. But after Kiera Swank (Bear, DE/Caravel Academy) singled with one out, Amanda Jordan (Somerset, NJ/Franklin Township) popped a fly ball to right that got lost in the sun, pushing pinch runner Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) to third. Following a pinching change, Spencer raced home on a wild pitch for the winning run. 

Monmouth ambushed Rider with seven unanswered runs in the first three innings and an 11-1 lead after four in Game 2. The Broncs lone run came on a Clark RBI double to score Spencer, who’d walked to lead off the fourth.  

“Game 1 was awesome. It was a great team win. Em threw an amazing game. She kept us in it. Our defense was a little shaky at times, but we made the plays when we needed to. And then our bats – we’ve been talking all season about that key hit. Lex got the key hit in the first inning and then we pieced it together.”

“It was nice to see the ball fall into the hole for Monica. She’s been hitting rockets right to people the last few games. I’m glad she’s kept swinging and it’s finally falling into place for her.” – Rider Head Coach Jaclyn Timko

Emily Oltman (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley) went the distance in Game 1 for the first complete game by a Bronc pitcher this season. She allowed seven runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks in 7.0 innings pitched. She struck out three.
Elyse Cuttic (Easton, PA/Bethlehem Catholic) took the Game 2 loss, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and a walk in her first 2.1 innings pitched. Cuttic settled down upon being reentered into the circle in the fourth, retiring all four batters she faced and striking out the side in fifth for three of her six strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. 
• The Broncs have split with Monmouth in three of the last four seasons, since the Hawks joined the MAAC. The outlier was a Hawks sweep last season in West Long Branch. 

• Clark raised her batting average 44 points to a team-leading .265 with the 5-for-6 effort. 
• Torres, Feliciano and DeMello also had two hits apiece for the Broncs, with Torres and Felicano each doubling once. 
• Clark and Spencer scored two runs apiece. 
Toni Nino (Adelanto, CA/Silverado), Ellie Oruska (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnet Valley), Amanda Jordan (Somerset, NJ/Franklin Township) and Swank also added one hit each. 

The Broncs return to action Wednesday, when they play host to Fairleigh Dickinson in a non-conference doubleheader. The twinbill starts at 3 p.m. 
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