Three-run fourth inning proves enough to back freshman ace's three-hitter.
St. John's will put three-game non-conference winning streak to the test against Rams.
Free strikes out eight over nine innings to win game one pitcher's duel.
Sunday's series finale will be Senior Day for Montez, Marcelino and Comstock.
Freshman ace sets new career high with most strikeouts for a Red Storm pitcher since 2010.
Photos from St. John's softball game against Fordham on March 20, 2012 in the Bronx.
As a junior in 2012: Played in 41 games with 28 starts, primarily at catcher and DP ... hit .211 on the year in 95 at bats with eight runs scored ... was an effective pinch hitter, batting .286 coming off the bench and had a .298 success rate advancing runners ... got her first hit of the year against then-No. 8 Georgia during the Red & Black Showcase (Feb. 11) ... was especially effective at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational, going 2-for-4 against both Winthrop (March 9) and Gardner-Webb (March 10) including her first home run of the year against the Eagles ... carried that momentum over to the home opener against Manhattan (March 21), going 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the Red Storm's extra-innings victory ... had a multi-hit outing in the first game of a doubleheader against Syracuse (March 31), going 2-for-4 against the Orange ... named to the 2011-12 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
As a sophomore in 2011:Played in 32 games, starting 19 ... posted a .970 fielding percentage, second highest on the team among players who played at least 30 games ... had a hit and a run scored in season debut against Florida State (Feb. 11) ... registered an RBI against Texas Tech (Feb. 11), then repeated the feat the next day against Wichita State (Feb. 26) ... recorded a season-high 11 put-outs during the first game of the Seton Hall double-header (Apr. 6) ... went 2-for-3 in the season finale against Marist (May 7.) ... named to 2010-11 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
As a Freshman in 2010:Saw action in 35 contests with 17 starts (14 at DP, three at catcher) ... was only St. John's player to post a 1.000 fielding percentage and recorded 27 putouts ... finished the year with .151 batting average, eight hits, five runs, one home run, two doubles and four RBI ... recorded first hit and first run of career in 10-0 win over Youngstown State (Feb. 20) ... blasted a pinch-hit home run off Creighton All-American pitcher Tara Oltman in a 9-5 win over the Blue Jays on March 12 in the University of Arizona Tournament ... went 1-of-3 with one double, one run scored and one RBI in St. John's 6-0 win over at Pittsburgh (April 18) ... hit a pinch-hit RBI double at Louisville (April 24) ... recorded career-high two hits against LIU (April 29), going 2-of 3 from the plate.
Before St. John's:Played varsity softball for four years at Daniel Hand, improving with each season and serving as team captain as a senior ... hit .324 with 26 RBI as a freshman, .338 with 18 RBI as a sophomore, .438 with 21 RBI as a junior and .458 with 29 RBI as a senior ... named to All-Southern Connecticut Conference team from 2007-09 and to all-state team for Connecticut High School Coaches Association from 2008-09 ... in 2009, garnered New Haven Register first-team all-state and all-area honors ... in 2008, was named to the New Haven all-state second team and was named female athlete of the week ... travel ball teams were Beach Girls Gold and Panthers Gold.
Personal:Born in Waterbury, Conn. ... daughter of Antonio and Susan Marcelino ... has two younger siblings, Zoe and Briana ... enjoys snowboarding ... majoring in sports management and is considering future as a college coach.
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