SPARTANBURG, SC- Monmouth baseball was defeated Friday night in the weekend opener in Spartanburg, SC by Wofford, 16-4. Ryan Crowley (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY/Iona Preparatory) hit his first career home run in the loss, while Adam Scott struck out 10 for the Terriers.
Crowley’s two-run shot lifted the Hawks to a 2-0 lead, but Wofford answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. After a scoreless third inning, Wofford opened it up with six runs on five hits to take a 9-2 lead.
A Reed Massey home run accounted for two of Wofford’s three runs in the fifth, with MU plating a pair in the sixth. Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) drove in a run with an RBI double, and Grant Lamberton (Newark, DE/Salesianum) added another on a sacrifice fly. The Terriers would put home three more in the eighth to cap the scoring.
NOTES AND QUOTES“Not many positives from today, we got behind early and were unable to make plays. I was real happy for Ryan Crowley and Ryan Byrd. Crowley hit his first career homer and Byrd collected his first career hit. Both those guys work very hard.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
-Ryan Crowley knocked his first career home run in his first start of the year.
-Shaine Hughes picked up his team leading 15th hit.
-Ryan Byrd picked up a pinch-hit single, his first career hit.
-Chris Hawryluk made his collegiate debut on the mound.
-Hughes was on base four times, including a double, a walk and two hit by pitches.
-Scott struck out 10 in six innings to earn the win for Wofford.
-Shea added his team-best eighth run driven in.
-Monmouth picked up seven hits to Wofford’s 17.
-Ricky Dennis allowed nine runs, seven earned to take his third loss.
-Regan Dombroski allowed just one run on two hits in two effective relief innings.
-Seven different Hawks collected hits on the night.
-Monmouth will play a split doubleheader tomorrow in Spartanburg, SC, with the Hawks taking on USC Upstate at 1:00 p.m. and Wofford following the conclusion of the opening game.