BASEBALL DEFEATED AT FAU SATURDAY, 6-1
BOCA RATON, FL- Monmouth threatened in both the seventh and eighth innings but were eventually held off by Florida Atlantic on Saturday, 6-1 in Boca Raton.
The Owls jumped to a 4-0 lead, scoring all four in the second inning on a fielder’s choice, a sacrifice fly and two run-scoring singles. They added a run in the fourth on Esteban Puerta’s single to make it 5-0 before MU got a run back in the seventh. The Blue and White loaded the bases and Tom Jakubowski reached on catcher’s interference to score the games first run. The home team was able to turn a double play to escape the jam.
The Hawks put two on in the eighth, trailing by four but couldn’t score before scoring an insurance run to make it 6-1, the eventual final. MU falls to 0-2 on the season, while FAU improves to 2-0.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We definitely improved off of yesterday. Brian Reiss was excellent in relief and gave us a chance to get back in the game.” –head coach Dean Ehehalt
-Ryan Lillie, pitching for the second day in a row, delivered a scoreless 0.2 of an inning.
-All three Monmouth hits came from someone who had a hit in the opener (Shea, Hughes, Jakubowski).
-Freshman Johnny Zega came off the bench to reach base for the second day in a row, drawing a hit by pitch.
-Jakubowski delivered Monmouth’s lone extra base hit, a one-out double in the fifth.
-Clay Koniencki made his first start of the year behind the plate and scored the Hawks’ lone run.
-The MU bullpen combined to allow one run in four innings.
-Joe Molettiere takes the loss for the Hawks, while Jake Miednik earned the win for FAU.
-The Hawks were outhit 9-3.
-Brian Reiss made his collegiate debut and tossed 3.1 effective innings out of the bullpen, allowing a run on three hits.
-Monmouth starter Joe Molettiere allowed five runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
-The series concludes tomorrow at FAU with first pitch slated for noon.