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BASEBALL EARNS FIRST WIN OVER FURMAN, 4-2

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: February 24, 2017
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GREENVILLE, SC- Monmouth scored two early runs and got strong pitching all afternoon to pick up its first win of the season at Furman on Friday afternoon, 4-2. Justin Andrews (Langhorne, PA/Neshaminy) threw three shutout innings in relief to earn his first save of the year, and Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) collected three hits in the victory. Ricky Dennis (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South) earned his first win of the year after six effective innings on the mound.


A leadoff double from Grant Lamberton (Newark, DE/Salesianum) followed by a Hughes single got the Hawks on the board in the first two batters of the game, and Hughes would later score on a wild pitch in the frame to put the Hawks up 2-0 early. The Paladins got a run back in the second on a Cameron Whitehead solo home run, but the Hawks got it right back in the third on a Tommy Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) sacrifice fly.

Furman threatened again in the sixth, getting a one-out walk before an RBI double off the bat of Brandon Elmy made it 3-2 Monmouth. Dennis shut down the next two in the inning to end his afternoon with the Hawks up a run. MU added a run in the ninth before Andrews completed his three-inning save to lock up the Hawks’ first win of the year, 4-2.

NOTES AND QUOTES
“Our guys came out and competed on every pitch. Ricky set the tone, and Justin Andrews came in and pitched very solid to close the door. Our offense did a very good job of manufacturing runs, and I am especially proud of how we came out with great energy and beat one of the more impressive pitchers we will see.” –head coach Dean Ehehalt

-Monmouth earns its first win of the 2017 season.
-Shaine Hughes has now had a hit in every game this year.
-Hughes posted his first three-hit game since last April 16 against Siena.
-It marks the second time in two years that Justin Andrews earned his first save of the season with a three-inning effort.
-Dennis now has beaten three non-conference teams the last two seasons.
-MU scored in the first inning for the first time this season.

NUMBERS CRUNCH
-Ricky Dennis allowed two runs on five hits through six innings, fanning three to earn the win.
-Andrews allowed two hits in a scoreless three innings to pick up the save.
-Shaine Hughes was the only Hawk with multiple hits, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
-Will Gaddis took the loss for Furman, allowing three runs through seven with eight strikeouts.

UP NEXT
-Monmouth continues the series with Furman tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

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