Softball swept in regular season finale

MAHWAH, NJ- The TCNJ softball team fell in the opening holes in both ends of Saturday’s regular season finals in Ramapo, making late pushes but ultimately failing in a pair of NJAC backhands.

Lindsay Zengel had a 4-on-6 afternoon for the Lions (25-8, 13-5), who lost a 7-3 decision in Game 1 and a 5-2 final in the nightcap.

With the sweep, Ramapo (25-8, 14-4) passed TCNJ for third place in the NJAC standings and earned the hosting rights for a rematch in the first round of the NJAC Championship Tournament on Tuesday. Rowan is the first seed and will host sixth-seeded Montclair State, while second-seeded Kean will host fifth-seeded Stockton. The tournament switches to Kean after the first round contests.

Game 1: Ramapo 7, TCNJ 3

Schlee Ally immediately got into trouble, hitting the first batter before three straight hits – one of which was in error – put the Roadrunners into a 3-0 lead before the Lions recorded an out.

Ramapo added in the second, with a walk and back-to-back singles helping to extend the margin to 5-0.

The score stayed there until the fifth, when TCNJ’s dormant offense awoke. Held hitless through four, the Lions reached Ramapo starter Mahogany Wheeler with a first double by Julia Mayernik and a base hit by Kayla Hillenbrand. Two batters later Victoria Aspiazu put visitors on the board with a single RBI.

After a base hit by Julia Kinnally loaded the bases, Lindsay Zengel place an RBI single in center field to make it 5-2 and repack the sacks. TCNJ got another run when receiver Roadrunner dropped a forced play at home, reducing the margin to 5-3. Wheeler, however, managed to evade further damage with a strikeout and a pop-out.

Ramapo put two insurance runs on the board in the sixth, and the Lions couldn’t threaten again.

Zengel went 2 for 3 with an RBI and was the only TCNJ player with more than one hit.

Schlee gave up a season-high seven runs on nine hits in suffering his first loss of the spring. She walked two bases and struck out four in six innings.

Krista Verrino, Carli Egan and Alexis Corra combined to go 6-for-9 with four runs scored and five RBIs in the 1-2-3 spots on the Ramapo lineup.

Game 2: Ramapo 5, TCNJ 2
The top of the line Ramapo continued to do damage in the last drink. Another hit-per-pitch and a walk put the first two on board for Corra, who cleared the bases with a three-run homer to put the Lions in another 3-0 hole early.

Again, it was round five when TCNJ came to life. Led 4-0, Lauren Conroy delivered a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to half the deficit to 4-2.

Unfortunately, the Roadrunners salvaged one in the sixth to go up 5-2, and the Lions only managed a Zengel single in the seventh.

Conroy and Zengel each finished 2-for-3, giving Zengel a four-hit afternoon.

Marina Costello shot in a solid exit under choke relief Julia Rosslergiving up two runs on three hits in four innings.

TCNJ returns straight to Mahwah on Tuesday for a rematch with Ramapo in the first round of the NJAC Championship Tournament.

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