Ewing, NJ… The College of New Jersey softball team came back to earn a split with visiting Drew University on Sunday at Lions’ Park winning the second game of the doubleheader 5-1 after the Rangers won the opener by the score of 6-2.
The split put TCNJ at 11-9 at the midway point of the season, while the Rangers are now 13-11.
Game 1: Drew University 6, TCNJ 2
Drew broke open a tied game in the top of the sixth inning plating four runs. Jesyka Marko (Winfield, NJ/David Brearley) drove in the first run with a double and Cailin McGrorry (Avon, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) followed with a two-run single making it 5-2. Drew’s final run of the inning came on a RBI single by freshman Kati Eggert (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls).
The Lions got the early lead in the opener as sophomore Rachel Greeby (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) reached on an error and later scored on a single by Danielle Hagel (Egg Harbor City, NJ/Oakcrest) in the first inning.
That lead was short lived as the Rangers came back in their next at bat with a pair of unearned runs to jump in front 2-1. Scoring in the inning for Drew were Marko and Jillian Lusk (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch Plains-Fanwood).
TCNJ knotted the score at 2-2 in the last of the fifth as pinch-hitter Camille Heller (Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) singled home Steph Cintron (Northvale, NJ/Old Tappan) with a single into right field.
Ranger pitcher Lauren Collini (Dallas, PA/Dallas) picked up the win throwing a complete game, while Lion starter Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, NJ/Cliffside Park) suffered the loss.
Game 2: TCNJ 5, Drew University 1
The Rangers got the board first in the second game as Nicole Gagliardi (Freehold, NJ/Freehold Borough) doubled in Kerry Cowley (Montvale, NJ/Pascack Hills) for a 1-0 lead after a half inning of play.
TCNJ got the run back three innings later as Hagel lofted a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring freshman Colleen Cawley (Riverton, NJ/Holy Cross).
The Lions took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth pushing four of runs across the plate. Cawley accounted for the first run with a single scoring Jamie Mastrioanni (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) and then Kathy Sikora (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) raced home on a passed ball making it 3-1. The final two runs came home on a single by Greeby upping TCNJ’s advantage to 5-1.
Lion pitcher Alex Sietsma (Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) picked up her third win of the season on the mound throwing a complete game allowing only four hits.
Cawley and Sikora each had two hits for the Lions in the win.