PISCATAWAY, NJ- Tom Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) tied for the team lead with his fourth home run of the season, but Monmouth Baseball was defeated by Rutgers Wednesday on the road, 6-4.
MU jumped out to a 4-0 lead, with Grant Lamberton (Newark, DE/Salesianum) walking twice and scoring both times, once in the first on a Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) double and again in the third when Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) knocked an RBI single. Jakubowski homered to center in the third to score Hughes and put Monmouth up 4-0 early.
The Scarlet Knights battled back with two runs in the third before Carmen Sclafani homered to make it a one-run game at 4-3. With two down in the seventh, Milo Freeman drove in the tying and lead runs with a base hit to make it 5-4 Rutgers, and RU added a sixth on an MU error to take a 6-4 lead, the eventual final.
NOTES AND QUOTES “We simply didn’t execute enough today. Hopefully we can grow from this and play solid through the ups and downs that come with the game. It was nice to see Austin Counsellor return to the mound-he did a nice job.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
-Jakubowski hit his fourth home run of the season to tie a team-high. -Ryan Crowley was the only Hawk with two hits, including a triple, Monmouth’s third triple of the year. -Austin Counsellor made his MU debut with a scoreless second inning, needing just 13 pitches and throwing eight strikes. -Grant Lamberton drew three walks for the second time in four games. -Sclafani was the only Scarlet Knight with multiple hits. -Shaine Hughes has a hit in 17 of 20 games this year. -MU has a three-game winning streak snapped. -Ryan Fleming gets the win for RU, while Max Herrmann picks up the save.
NUMBERS CRUNCH -Six different Hawks had hits on the day. -MU used six different pitchers on the afternoon. -Monmouth was 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. -Mike Brambilla takes the loss for MU allowing two runs in the sixth.
UP NEXT -Monmouth heads to Canisius this weekend for a three game series with the Golden Griffins. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 2:00 p.m. in Buffalo, NY.