LOUDONVILLE, NY- Monmouth Baseball scored four runs in the ninth inning, including a three-run home run from Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum), but eventually fell 6-5 at Siena on Sunday afternoon. The Saints win two of three games on the weekend.
Siena jumped to a 4-1 lead, with Jordan Bishop singling home the second run in the second before a two-run base hit in the fifth to make it 4-0. MU got a run back in the sixth on a wild pitch, but the Saints added two in the eighth when Zach Durfee doubled to center to make it 6-1.
MU had the first six batters of the ninth inning reach safely, with Shea hitting a three-run homer to cut it to 6-4. After Shea’s blast, MU loaded the bases with nobody out, trimming the lead to 6-5 on a fielder’s choice. With one away and runners on the corners, Danny Hobbs got Aidan Favia (Short Hills, NJ/Millburn) to ground into a double play to end the game.
NOTES AND QUOTES “We fought as a team to the last out. I want our guys to relish these pressure spots. Our inability to score early in the game came back to bite us. We look forward to playing at home next weekend.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
-All of Monmouth’s four conference losses have come by one run. -Shaine Hughes had three hits in every game of the series. -Dan Shea is now the team leader in home runs with five. -Joe Molettiere posted a perfect eighth inning in relief. -Six Hawks had multi-hit afternoons. -MU has dropped two of three for the second consecutive conference weekend. -Monmouth will play the next two conference weekend at home before the MAAC bye to end April.
NUMBERS CRUNCH -Tyler Ksiazek took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. -Monmouth outhit Siena 13-12. -Each team made one error in the game. -Chris Amorosi earned the win for Siena, allowing one run in five innings.
UP NEXT -Monmouth is at Columbia on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference game at 3:00 p.m.