The Rowan softball team has bounced back strongly after a loss to Washington College with a lopsided win over Ramapo, 11-0 and 2-0, in a doubleheader on April 12, as well as a sweep of Centenary College on Monday.
With the four wins, Rowan improved to 23-8 on the season, with a 7-3 conference mark in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, which is good enough for fourth in the NJAC standings.
“I think that with NJAC play, we had a bit of a tough start with the two losses to WPU,” said senior pitcher Krysti Maronski. “We are definitely a much better team now than we were two weeks ago when we lost to them. As long as we continue to keep doing what we’re doing, we will be a tough team to beat in the NJAC.”
The Profs played only five innings in the first matchup against Ramapo, winning the game with the 10-run mercy rule in effect. The team hit well, putting six runs on the board in the second inning, and coming back to cross the plate five more times in the third.
“We are finally coming around hitting-wise, which I feel is where we had been struggling a bit in the beginning,” Maronski said. “Everyone is contributing in the lineup and as long as we hit and score runs, the pitching staff should be able to limit opponents’ runs.”
The Profs hit .522 as a team in the first game, with seven different players scoring at least one run. In the second game, the team hit .308 and drove home two runs.
Maronski contributed big time in the first matchup, pitching a complete game no-hitter with nine strikeouts. All the while she was 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Maronski is 12-3 on the season with a 0.98 ERA and has a .368 average at the plate.
“I feel that we have really been coming along great,” Maronski said. “The energy is a lot better, and that is helping our overall game performance. Everyone is contributing hitting-wise, fielding, pitching and in the dugout.”
Following the wins against Ramapo, the Profs swept Centenary 7-0 and 5-1. In the first game, Maronski pitched seven strong innings allowing only one hit. In the second game, Beth Ann Hyland scattered five hits and struck out nine.
This final stretch could make or break Rowan in the NJAC, as the games against Rutgers-Camden could shake up the conference. The Scarlet Raptors sit just below the Profs and are eager to move up.
However, the games of most importance will be the final two, where the Profs will face off against conference leader Montclair State. If the Profs can take down both Rutgers teams, they’ll see an opportunity to majorly climb the NJAC ladder.
“We just need to stay focused and energized,” Maronski said. “As long as we are up in the dugout and on the field with high intensity and are mentally prepared, we should win.”