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BASEBALL MOUNTS COMEBACK, FALLS AT FURMAN SUNDAY

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: February 26, 2017
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GREENVILLE, SC- Monmouth baseball scored five unanswered runs to trim the Furman lead to just two, but eventually fell to the Paladins in the rubber game of a three-game set on Sunday afternoon, 10-6. Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) and Ryan Bailey (Mount Kisco, NY/Fox Lane) each hit their second home runs of the season in the loss.

Single runs in three of the first four innings staked Furman to a 3-0 lead, with Monmouth answering in the fifth on Bailey’s solo home run, his second in as many weekends. However, a five-run bottom of the inning extended the Furman lead to 8-1, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Chadwick Word.

The Blue and White got a pair back in the sixth, when a pair of Hawks notched their first hits of the season as Brad Rhoads (West Chester, PA/West Chester East) hit an RBI double ahead of John LaRocca’s (Plainview, NY/St. Dominic) first career hit, a run-scoring single to trim it to 8-3. MU then drew two walks in the seventh ahead of Shea’s three-run shot, his second of 2017 to make it 8-6 Paladins. Landon Kay hit a two-run home run in the seventh to extend the Furman lead to 10-6, the eventual final.

NOTES AND QUOTES
“Give all the credit to Furman, they capitalized on every mistake we made. They are a solid team and play with toughness. I thought we battled but had too much to overcome.” –head coach Dean Ehehalt
-Dan Shea and Ryan Bailey have each homered in both weekends the Hawks have played this season.
-Dan Abate made his first career start at third base.
-Shaine Hughes remains the only Hawk to have a hit in all six games this season.
-Brad Rhoads collected his first career extra base hit with a run-scoring double.
-John LaRocca drove in his second career run with his first ever hit.

NUMBERS CRUNCH
-MU has hit six home runs the last two days.
-The Hawks were outhit 15-6.
-Jordan McCrum made his first start of the year and took the loss, allowing one earned run and three total runs in 3.1 innings.
-Ryan Lillie tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
-Matthew Quarles got the win with five one-hit innings out of the bullpen for Furman.

UP NEXT
-Monmouth opens the Notre Dame Irish Classic on Friday afternoon in Cary, NC at 1:00 p.m. vs. William and Mary.

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