FIVE RUNS IN EIGHTH INNING PROPELS BASEBALL TO 7-2 WIN OVER MARIST
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth scored five runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeat Marist, 7-2 in the weekend opener at MU Baseball Field Friday. Monmouth has now won three of four MAAC series openers, and got a career-best seven strikeout performance from Jordan McCrum (Dallas, PA/Dallas Senior).
Marist jumped to a 1-0 lead on a Monmouth error in the opening inning before MU answered in the bottom half of the first. Two walks ahead of Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) allowed the senior to single in a run, and Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 Hawks after one.
A pitching duel developed after the opening frame, with neither starter allowing another run. MU put the leadoff man on in six consecutive innings but Sean Keenan was able to pitch through trouble each time. McCrum recorded a career-best seven strikeouts and exited with the bases loaded after 6.2 innings. Reliever Ben Hoffman (Berlin, NJ/Voorhees) got Andrew Rouse to ground out and end the inning, preserving Monmouth’s one-run lead.
Marist rallied to tie in the eighth after Greg Kocinski singled and went to second on an error and Matt Pagano drove him in. In the bottom of the inning, MU drew two walks before Justin Trochiano (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro) dropped a perfect bunt, beating it out before the throw went up the line and enabled two runs to score. Grant Lamberton (Newark, DE/Salesianum) singled in a run and Papcun drove in two more, extending the lead to 7-2, the eventual final.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Jordan McCrum was outstanding today. He pitched out of several innings after some defensive miscues.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt on starter Jordan McCrum
“I thought our at-bats were good throughout the game and we were able to execute late. Pete had two big AB’s and Trochiano’s bunt was outstanding. We need to come out tomorrow with great energy and intensity against a quality team.” – Ehehalt
-Jordan McCrum struck out a career-high seven batters.
-Reliever Ben Hoffman picked up his first career victory.
-Chris Gaetano had multiple hits for the fourth consecutive game.
-Shaine Hughes walked three times for Monmouth, the most since Grant Lamberton walked four times vs. Quinnipiac on 3/24.
-Pete Papcun drove in three runs for the fifth time this season and second game in a row.
-Monmouth pitching did not allow an earned run all day.
-McCrum did not walk a batter until the seventh inning.
-The Hawks drew nine walks.
-Eight of nine Hawks who started reached base.
-All nine of the games runs were scored in the first or eighth innings.
-The Hawks are now 3-1 in MAAC series opening games.
-The Blue and White move to 5-0 at home.
-Monmouth and Marist conclude the weekend series with a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 12:00 p.m.