WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth Baseball scored a season-best 17 runs on 16 hits and topped Quinnipiac Friday afternoon in the MAAC opener, 17-7 at the MU Baseball Field. Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) hit four doubles and Tom Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) homered twice, while Jordan McCrum (Dallas, PA/Dallas Senior) turned in seven strong innings on the mound.
Jakubowski got the day started by depositing a first inning three-run homer to right, and MU jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a four-run second. Shea’s second double of the day plated two, and Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) added the second of his three hits to score a run later in the frame.
The Bobcats got a run on two errors in the third before scoring two in the fourth on four hits. However, the Hawks used a four-run sixth to break things open and extend the lead to 11-3, doing so on a pair of QU errors and another run-scoring double off the bat of Shea.
A six-run seventh added to the Monmouth lead, and saw Jakubowski homer to the exact same spot. Freshman Danny Long (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge) notched his first career hit at home, dropping a two-run single into left, and Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) drove in a run with a double to right. Shea completed his five-RBI day with a double to score two more and make it 17-3. QU scored four in the ninth, three coming on Matthew Oestreicher’s three-run homer.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It was special because we’ve really struggled up to this point and we’ve made an emphasis to tell our guys we’re 0-0 in the conference and we bought into that today.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
“We got after it this week in practice after a slow start to the season. We were very excited to get the conference started and as Coach said all week, it’s a new season.” – senior OF Tom Jakubowski
-Dan Shea became the first Hawk this season to drive in five runs in a game and first to hit four doubles.
-Shea also was the third Hawk this year to record four hits, and the first since Aidan Favia on 3/11 at Wofford.
-Tom Jakubowski became the first Hawk this year to homer twice in a game, and is now in a three-way tie for first on the team in home runs with three.
-Grant Lamberton was the first Hawk to score three runs in a game this year, and the first to draw four walks in a contest.
-MU wins a series opener for the second straight weekend and third time this season.
-Jordan McCrum fired the longest outing for a Monmouth starter this year at seven innings.
-Ryan Lillie threw a scoreless eighth inning.
-MU pitching did not walk a batter until the ninth inning.
-MU has now won 11 consecutive conference opening games, dating back to 2005.
-The Hawks have won the home opener in 10 straight seasons.
-Monmouth has never lost a MAAC opener in four games.
-Every Monmouth starter reached base.
-The Hawks outhit Quinnipiac 16-12.
-McCrum allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts to earn his second win and even his record at 2-2.
-Danny Long drove in two runs with his first home collegiate hit.
-Johnny Zega added his first home collegiate hit.
-Pete Papcun had three hits in a game for the second time in his career, and first since doing so at Quinnipiac last April 30.
-MU posted season highs in runs scored with 17 and hits with 16.
-Monmouth takes on Quinnipiac in a doubleheader tomorrow at noon with a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning contest.