Softball Celebrates Seniors Day as Castro Homers Defeated

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The New Jersey City University softball team faced New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) foe Montclair State University on Tuesday afternoon, April 26, for a pair of games at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex . Unfortunately, the Gothic Knights were defeated by the Red Hawks in both clashes, but there were several bright spots throughout the day. Prior to Game 2, the NJCU celebrated its five graduating student-athletes on Senior Day. Then, in the half of the second inning of game two, the freshman receiver Abby Castro (Clifton, NJ/Passaic County Tech) blasted the first home run of his career.

As mentioned, the Gothic Knights (9-24, 1-15 NJAC) took time out between halves of Tuesday’s doubleheader to honor their five senior graduates: Brianna Loughlin (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge), Emily Ruiz (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep), Katherine Ayala (Jersey City, NJ / University Academy Charter), Alissa Bikowski (South Amboy, NJ/South Amboy) and Emma Herrick (Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville War Memorial). Click on the album below to view photos from the ceremony.


Gallery: (4-26-2022) 2022 NJCU Senior Softball Day

Game 1: Montclair State 9, NJCU 0 (6 rounds)

Although only beaten by the Red Hawks (22-15, 6-10 NJAC) just 9-5, Jersey City were never able to string together any significant rallies in this area, falling to at Montclair State, 9-0. Second year Sidnie Dabbadie (Burbank, CA/John Burroughs) teeed off in the circle and the right-hander pitched 5.1 innings, striking out six batters past her classmate Emily Tunney (Mays Landing, NJ/Oak Crest) came to complete the last 0.2 innings.

Bikowski was 1 for 3 in this one with a brace, while Loughlin made his third start of the season, going 1 for 2 with a walk. Freshman third baseman Mya Villanueva (Jersey City, NJ/McNair University) was also 1 for 2 with a walk, while her older sister, a sophomore Mariah Villanueva (Jersey City, NJ/McNair Academic) and Tunney accounted for the other two hits of the game.

Game 2: Montclair State 11, NJCU 3 (5 rounds)
This one started off tough for the Gothic Knights, as the Red Hawks made nine runs in the lead in the first, including six before the first out was recorded. However, from that point on, Jersey City beat Montclair State 3-2. Second year Sam Miller (Newburgh, NY/Newburgh Free Academy) came in first with one out and gave up just two wins in her 4.2 innings in the circle.

After a draw in the bottom of the first and bottom of the second, the Gothic Knights made their mark in the half second at home. Mya V. started with a unique explosion that occurred only shy of crossing the left field fence. However, the ball was hit so hard that Villanueva could only register a single. Worry not, though, because on the very next at-bat, Castro ran for the first time in his career, sailing over the left-center fence. The rookie rookie rounded the bases after his two-run shot and was greeted at the plate by the entire NJCU roster and the emotions – all happy – ran high in celebration. Click on the video below to watch the game in real time:


Montclair State started another rally in the top of the third and extended the lead to 11-2. However, the damage could have been much worse, but luckily Herrick made an exceptional early diving game to pass the runner and end the round. Click on the video below to watch the game in real time.

The Gothic Knights passed one more in late third. Bikowski started off with a bunt single to the pitcher, followed by a single from Ayala that put the runners on the corners. Herrick was next and she returned an understudy directly to the pitcher and the play could not be played, resulting in an RBI fielding single for the elder. It would be the last offense for either side of the day.


Green and Gold return to action on Saturday afternoon, April 30, for a road doubleheader in South Jersey against the nation’s No. 16 ranked team, Rowan University. The first game of Game 1 in Glassboro, NJ is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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