Farmingdale State - 8, Wheaton College - 5
Montclair, N.J. – Marissa Monaco and Meghan Acton each drove in two runs as fourth-seeded Farmingdale State collected its first NCAA Tournament victory with an 8-5 win over second-seeded Wheaton College (MA) in the NCAA Division III Softball Montclair Regional on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams (24-13) scored seven runs in the fourth inning and now advance to face third-seeded Haverford College in an elimination game on Wednesday. The winner of that contest heads to Sunday's championship round where it will meet top-seeded Montclair State at Noon and need two victories over the Red Hawks to advance to next week's Super Regionals.
Jenna Rocha slugged a solo home run in her final collegiate at bat for the Lyons, who finished the season at 30-12. Wheaton was making its eighth overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship and its first since the 2004 campaign.
Wheaton grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second as Ashley Vertente doubled in the first run with Erin Deneen adding a sacrifice fly. Farmingdale responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from D'Alessandro. The Lyons would extend the lead in the fourth with two runs for a 4-1 advantage on a wild pitch and error.
But the lead would last only until the next time the Rams came to bat as Farmingdale scored seven times. Lori Michalowski scored on a wild pitch for the first run and Acton's two-run double tied the game at 4-4. Mongiello put the Rams in from with a sac fly and Monaco followed with a two-run triple making the score 7-4. Andrea Klarman added the final run with a run-scoring single to left field.
Rocha provided the final run of the game with a towering home run to center field, the 20th of her career.
Taylor Webb earned the victory improving to 13-5. Webb allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits, striking out two and walking three. Emily Berardi took the loss for the Lyons finishing the year at 7-4.
Hillary Genova, Klarman and D'Alessandro each had two hits for Farmingdale State. Emma Hart had two hits for Wheaton.
The game was delayed twice due to rain with the second delay last 1:10.
**Story by Montclair Sports Info**