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Softball pushes TCNJ into doubleheader loss on senior day

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The New Jersey City University softball team hosted The College of New Jersey on Saturday, April 20 at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex for a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) doubleheader on Senior Day. Before the first pitch for game one, the Gothic Knights celebrated their seven graduating seniors – Hailey Mojica (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus), Skylah Cartwright (Willingboro, NJ/Burlington County Tech), Mariah Villanueva (Jersey City, NJ/McNair Academic), Sam Miller (Newburgh, NY/Newburgh Free Academy), Emily Tunney (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), Sidnie Dabbadie (Burbank, California/John Burroughs) And Nicole Weinbel (Clifton, NJ/Clifton). Once the game started, NJCU pushed the Lions in both matches, falling 6-0 in game one and then dropping game two 3-1.

Game 1: TCNJ 6, NJCU 0
Pitching was paramount in the first game as Dabbadie kept the Lions (21-9, 8-6 NJAC) off the board in the top of the first inning, including a great throw from Villanueva from behind the plate to drive the first to catch the runner stealing. NJCU (10-17, 4-10 NJAC) and TCNJ were both held off the board in the first two innings before the Lions drove in the game’s first run in the top of the third on a two-out double. TCNJ scored one more in the fourth to take the 2-0 lead before doing the most offensive damage in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs to take a 5-0 lead. The Gothic Knights got runners into scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings, but were unable to push them across the plate in the loss.

Game 2: TCNJ 3, NJCU 1
Miller was dominant in the second half of the twin-bill for the Green and Gold, pitching the entire 7.0 innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts – dropping her team-leading ERA to less than three on 2.98 in the process. A crazy top of the first inning that featured both mistakes and impressive defensive plays ended with Miller working from a two-out jam to keep it scoreless. Thanks in part to an error in the second inning, the Lions took a 1-0 lead before taking the lead 2-0 after a two-out single in the third scored another run.

After TCNJ fell in order in the top of the fourth inning, the Gothic Knights cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Junior catcher Abby Castro (Clifton, NJ/Passaic County Tech) started the game with a one-out double to left. Two at bats later, Mojica drove in a run on a single into the gap in left side, working her way in and out of a pickle between first and second to get in safely. The Lions almost scored again in the top of the fifth, but more defensive play from NJCU, including a late-inning double play by the juniors’ third base. Mya Villanueva (Jersey City, NJ/McNair Academic), leaving the score at 2-1. TCNJ scored one more run in the top of the seventh on a two-out single for the final 3-1 score.

– Mojica finished the day 2-for-6 at the plate, including a double and an RBI. Four other Gothic Knights scored hits that afternoon.
– The 3-1 loss in game two was the closest game in the series since 2014, when NJCU dropped a 6-4 game down in Ewing, NJ. The game before that was a 4-3 NJCU win at home on April 20, 2013.

Next one:
NJCU remains alone in seventh place in the NJAC standings, just one game behind Rutgers-Camden for that sixth and final spot in the elusive conference tournament. The Gothic Knights return to action on Tuesday afternoon, April 23, for an NJAC doubleheader at Ramapo College, which is currently tied for second. Game one first pitch in Mahwah, NJ, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m