Rams Fall to Montclair in First NCAA Regional Game
Montclair State - 11, Farmingdale State - 1
Montclair, N.J. – The Farmingdale State softball team fell 11-1 in their first game of the NCAA Regionals on Friday afternoon in Montclair, N.J. Montclair junior shortstop Brianna Davidson (Monroe Township, NJ , Monroe Township) went 3-for-3 with three RBI while senior third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ, Pascack Valley) belted a three-run home run as top-seeded Montclair State rolled past fourth-seeded Farmingdale State, 11-1 in the NCAA Division III Montclair Regional on Friday afternoon.
Senior righthander Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ, Parsippany Hills) allowed two hits and struck out 10 for the Red Hawks (37-6), who will face third-seeded Haverford College at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 10. The Fords knocked off second-seeded Wheaton College (MA), 6-2 in the first game of the day.
Freshman designated player Allison Dailey (Commack, NY / Commack) drove in the lone run for the Rams (23-13), who will face Wheaton at 1:30 pm in the first elimination contest of the tournament.
The Red Hawks, who defeated Farmingdale twice during the regular season, pushed across a run in the second inning to grab the lead. Melany Zeller (Bloomfield, NJ, Bloomfield) was hit by a pitch to open the inning and pinch runner Jeanine Karnilla (Bridgewater, NJ, Bridgewater-Raritan) moved up to second on a sacrifice. Davidson then line a ball up the gap in left-center scoring Karnilla for the 1-0 lead.
Montclair State busted the game open in the third inning with six runs sending nine hitters to the plate. Hill helped her own cause with an RBI single for the first run and senior second baseman Katie Muglia (South Plainfield, NJ, South Plainfield) smacked a run-scoring single for another giving MSU a 3-0 advantage. Davidson brought home two more with a single to left field and sophomore Jaclyn Allegretta (Hackensack, NJ, Hackensack) doubled home the last two runs for a 7-0 advantage.
Farmingdale State, held hitless through the first three innings, got their only two of the game in the fourth as it pushed across its run. Marissa Monaco (Bohemia, NY / Connetquot) doubled to right-center leading off the inning and a wild pitch allowed her to go to third with no outs. Hill got the next two hitters, however Dailey flipped a base hit into right field making the score 7-1.
MSU, which had 11 hits in the game, added four runs in the sixth for the final margin. Brooke Powers (Newton, NJ, Pope John XXIII) delivered the first run with a RBI single before Amato ended the game with a three-run homer, her ninth of the season.
Hill improved to 26-4 on the season while righthander Taylor Webb (West Babylon, NY / West Babylon) took the loss. Webb (12-5) allowed eight hits and seven runs, striking out two and walking one.
**Story by Montclair Sports Info **