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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information

BASEBALL FALLS IN OPENER AT FAU, 16-5

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: February 17, 2017
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BOCA RATON, FL- Monmouth University’s baseball team dropped the season opener at Florida Atlantic on Friday night, 16-5. Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) drove in four runs for the Blue and White, who fall to 0-1 on the season.

FAU struck for three quick runs, plating them on a base hit, an error and a sacrifice. The Hawks battled back in the third, getting a solo home run off the bat of Ryan Bailey (Mount Kisco, NY/Fox Lane) and an RBI single from Shea, the third consecutive hit for MU in the inning.

The Owls struck for four in the fourth off MU starter Ricky Dennis (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South), including a two-run double from Tyler Frank, before adding two more in the fifth on a Kevin Langham two-run home run. A three-run sixth extended the Florida Atlantic lead to 12-2.

Florida Atlantic extended the lead on Esteban Puerta’s three-run home run in the seventh, and led 16-2 until Shea led off the eighth with a solo homer, Monmouth’s second long ball of the night. Shea added a two-run single for the Hawks in the ninth to close the night with four runs batted in.

NOTES AND QUOTES

“Early in the game, we were unable to execute defensively and with pitch execution. That’s never a good combination, FAU is way too good to give them addition outs. They took advantage of everything tonight and the score shows that.” –Monmouth Head Coach Dean Ehehalt

-Ryan Bailey notched Monmouth’s first hit, RBI and home run of the season on one swing with a third inning home run.

-Grant Lamberton, Shaine Hughes and Dan Shea got three hits in a row to plate Monmouth’s second run in the third, with Shea driving in Lamberton on a base hit to right.
-Danny Long became the first true freshman to start a season opener for Monmouth since 3/5/10, when Danny Avella started at third base at San Diego State.
-Johnny Zega notched his first career hit as a pinch hitter in the seventh with an infield single. Zega finished with two hits in the game.
-Dan Shea homered in the eighth, his first of the season.
-Tom Jakubowski collected his first hit as a Hawk, a sixth inning single.
-Ryan Lillie made his Monmouth debut, tossing a scoreless eighth inning.
-Dan Abate made his collegiate debut as a pinch hitter in the ninth, and was hit by a pitch.

NUMBERS CRUNCH
-Ricky Dennis got the start, and finished with four innings pitched, allowing six runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
-Six different Hawks collected hits on the evening.
-Alex House started for FAU, working six innings and allowing two runs on five hits.
-FAU outhit Monmouth 15-10 on the evening.

UP NEXT
-Monmouth continues its series with FAU tomorrow afternoon in Boca Raton at 3:00 p.m.

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