Stockton softball drops a pair to TCNJ at home -

Stockton softball drops a pair to TCNJ at home

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(Galloway, NJ) – Richard Stockton (13-5, 0-4 NJAC) could not shake its offensive doldrums as the Ospreys dropped both ends of an NJAC doubleheader to College of New Jersey (16-2, 4-0) by scores of 1-0 and 7-2. TCNJ now has won nine of its last 10 games while Stockton, which managed just four hits on the day, has lost four in a row.

Stockton pitcher Michelle Pietrocola (North Brunswick/North Brunswick) tossed a two-hitter with three strikeouts in the opener, but she was upstaged by TCNJ freshman Ashtin Helmer who threw a one-hit shutout and fanned four. The Ospreys could not solve Helmer and did not hit a ball out of the infield in the first 5 2/3 innings before Nicole Scanlon (Colonia/Colonia) singled with two outs in the sixth frame.

The game was scoreless into the final inning before TCNJ broke through in the top of the seventh. Kristen Lake drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. A bunt single by Christine Desiderio put runners at the corners for Liz Huttner who produced the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Lake with the game-winner in the 1-0 contest.

Stockton's troubles in the second game were self-inflicted as the Ospreys committed four errors that led to six unearned runs in the 7-2 defeat. Grace Long (Egg Harbor Twp./EHT) went 1-2 with a double and a run scored while freshman Gianna Cuffari (Cedar Grove/Cedar Grove) was 1-2 with an RBI.

Stockton broke out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings. Long doubled and scored the first run on an RBI single by Cuffari. In the next frame, Jessica Goncalves (Union/Union) led off with a single and later scored an unearned run on a TCNJ error for a 2-0 count.

The Lions produced one run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to pull into a 2-2 tie. TCNJ took control with three unearned runs on two hits, two errors and a passed ball in the top of the sixth. Two more unearned runs in the seventh created the 7-2 final score.

Stockton pitcher Brittany Ksiezopolski (Hillsborough/Hillsborough) fanned six and yielded just one earned run. TCNJ freshman Nicole Hroncich hurled a three-hitter with three strikeouts while Huttner and Kelly Hommen led the Lions' offense with two hits and a run scored apiece.

Stockton will travel to FDU-Florham on Thursday for a non-conference doubleheader at 3 pm.

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