Media Release March 29
Ewing, NJ… The College of New Jersey softball team hosted the No. 8 ranked Roadrunners of Ramapo College on Saturday in Lions’ Park. The visiting Roadrunners came away with two wins over the Lions holding on for a 6-4 win in the opener and then posted a 2-0 victory in the second game.
The games were the opening two for both teams in New Jersey Athletic Conference play as TCNJ is 0-2 in conference play and 10-8 overall. With the two wins, Ramapo moved to 14-2 on the year and 2-0 in the NJAC.
#8 RAMAPO 6, TCNJ 4
Ramapo picked up a pair of runs first in the top of the second inning as senior Kendall Patton (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and pushed the first runner across the plate. Ramapo added another score in the inning before the Lions turned a double play to end the Roadrunners’ scoring threat.
In the bottom of the third, the Lions were able to strike when sophomore Rachel Greeby (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) drove in sophomore Ellen Seavers (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) who lead off the inning with a single to center field.
In the top of the fourth, the Roadrunners nearly scored again as Patton returned to the plate with bases loaded and no out, but was struck by sophomore pitcher Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, NJ/Cliffside Park) for the first out. Sophomore short stop Jamie Chalkley (West Milford, NJ/West Milford) then flew out to center and no runners advanced. Katie Donnelly (Pequannock, NJ/Pequannock)flew out to right field to end the inning and keep Ramapo off the boards.
Freshman Jamie Moir (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) replaced Minervini in the top of the fifth with one out and runners on second and first and gave up a bloop single to Ramapo’s Kelly Schriber (Montclair, NJ/Mount St. Dominic) to load the bases. McKeon then drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to center to give Ramapo a 3-1 lead. Pinch-hitter Cherese Matthews (Pequannock, NJ/Pequannock) came to the plate with the bases loaded and would reach on an error at short and help put Ramapo up 4-1. A bases loaded walk tacked on another run for Ramapo and Moir struck out Jen Vitorino (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) to end the inning.
TCNJ would fight back with an RBI sacrifice fly from rookie Colleen Cawley (Riverton, NJ/Holy Cross) and pulled within three runs. Seavers would score on a passed ball and the Lions trailed by two after five innings, 5-3.
Sophomore Danielle Hagel (Egg Harbor, NJ/Oakcrest) led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to centerfield and the Lions trailed by just one run, 5-4 with no outs in the inning. The homerun was her second of the year and put her at 10 RBIs on the season.
Ramapo built their lead in the top of the seventh after Ashley O’Rourke (Pequannock, NJ/Pequannock) led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Chalkley would single to deep right and drive in O’Rourke and Ramapo led 6-4.
Ramapo’s Lyndsay Buehler (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) picked up the win in four innings of relief.
Schriber finished the game going 3-for-4 to lead the Roadrunners at the plate.
For TCNJ, Seavers collected a pair of hits in four at bats.
GAME # 2
#8 Ramapo 2, TCNJ 0
Ramapo pitcher Deanna Giordana (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) pitched a complete game to improve to 4-0 on the season allowing only six hits.
The Roadrunners scored single runs in the first and fifth innings to account for all of the scoring.
Greeby shined for the Lions at the plate picking up two hits in three official plate appearances.
For Ramapo, Rachel Wong (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) and Amanda Sansevere (West Keansburg, NJ/Raritan) each finished with a pair of hits.
Freshman Alex Sietsma (Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) suffered the loss for the Lions going 4.1 innings and allowing only the two runs.