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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.

“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.

-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.

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

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