|Another impressive performance by Rider's Delany DeMello|
The Monmouth Hawks and Rider Broncs split a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in Lawrenceville, NY.
This conference twinbill featured two different kinds of games. Game one favored the pitchers. Monmouth took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI double by Ashalynn Umiamaka, who has been playing very well as of late. She's a junior transfer, new to the Hawks. But after this inning, Rider starting pitcher Delany Demello pretty much shut the door on Monmouth, allowing only two hits the rest of the way. Still, the Hawks held the slim lead until the sixth inning as their starter, Sydney Underhill, was pitching a fine game herself. She allowed only three hits in the game. But the Broncs mounted a comeback in that sixth inning, with a pair of MU errors aiding their cause. An RBI single by Gina McCool tied the game. Then Ally Breeden's two out, two run single sent home the winner. None of the runs were earned. Final was Rider on top, 3-1.
Game two evolved into a slugfest. Emily Cottrell's RBI single gave the Broncs a 1-0 first inning lead, but Monmouth would score the game's next six runs. In fact, they would score in each of the final five innings. Four Hawks drove home runs in the third inning: Jill Freese, Chloe Howerth, Ashalynn Umiamaka and Justene Reyes. Jill Freese came right back in the next inning with a two run home run blast. The game looked to be getting out of reach when Rider staged a rally in the bottom of the fourth inning, pulling to within 6-5. Ally Breeden's two run homer, and Dana Sensi's two run double made the game close once more. But Monmouth would score the game's next four runs to regain their five run lead. Rachel Shotzbarger drove home a run in the fifth inning; in the next inning Justene Reyes drove one home and RaeLynn Galindo drove home two more. It seemed their lead was safe, but Rider's Emily Cottrell blasted a grand slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning cutting the MU lead to 10-9. Emily had five RBIs in the game. The Hawks were relentless though, scoring another three runs in the top of the seventh to seal a 12-9 win, with Emma Hill and Chloe Howerth earning RBIs.
Monmouth and Rider are both 1-1 in the MAAC. Rider will play at Marist on Monday.