Monmouth University 9, Rider University 0 / 5 innings
Monmouth University 11, Rider University 0 / 5 innings
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
WEST LONG BRANCH—The Rider University softball team was held to six hits over two games, losing a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and hOURglass rivalry doubleheader at Monmouth University on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks won 9-0 and 11-0.
“Monmouth came out swinging,” said head coach Jaci Timko. “They are a very aggressive and good hitting team.”
In the opener, sophomore Toni Nino (Adelanto, Calif./Silverado) and junior Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough) each had two hits with Rider loading the bases in two separate innings but the Broncs came up empty each time, going 0-3 with the bases full.
“We hit the ball hard in the opener but we couldn't find a way to get the runs across,” Timko said.
Rider (3-21, 0-2 MAAC) left seven runners on base in game one.
Monmouth had nine hits in game one, including three home runs, the final one a two-run shot to end the game in the fifth inning on the mercy rule.
In the second game, Rider was held to one hit, a single to right center field by junior Amanda Crimarco (Levittown, N.Y./Kellenberg) with one out in the third inning.
Monmouth scored 10 times in the bottom of the second inning, stringing together seven straight hits with two outs. The Hawks went 9-13 at the plate with two outs in the game.
Rider is tentatively scheduled for a MAAC DH Sunday against Saint Peter’s but there is a good chance that the doubleheader will be moved due to the excessive cold and wind expected to overtake the area.