BASEBALL DROPS DOUBLEHEADER TO MARIST SATURDAY
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth Baseball was defeated in a pair of games to Marist Saturday, falling 5-4 in the opener before a 7-1 loss in the second contest. Tom Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) was the only Hawk with multiple hits in each game.
The Hawks comeback effort fell just short in the opener, when MU entered the ninth down 5-0 but scored four times to trim the deficit to a single run. John LaRocca (Plainview, NY/St. Dominic) led off with a pinch-hit double, and Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) drove him in before Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) lined a single the other way to make it a 5-2 game. Clay Koniencki (Schwenksville, PA/Malvern Prep) dropped a base hit into right to score two more and set up runners on the corners with two away, but Mike Coss struck out Ryan Crowley (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY/Iona Preparatory) to end the game.
Marist got the lead on a three-run home run in the first inning by Greg Kocinski, and added to it with single runs in the third and fifth on a sacrifice fly and a passed ball. Red Foxes starter Charlie Jerla worked into the final inning, striking out seven.
In the nightcap, Marist jumped to a 5-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run single from Kocinski and a three-run home run from Tyler Kirkpatrick. MU got a run back in the fifth when Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) hit a sacrifice fly to right to cut the deficit to 5-1, but Marist got it right back in the sixth with a sac fly of their own. The Red Foxes added a run in the ninth to secure the 7-1 win.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We didn’t come out with any intensity, we didn’t play with any purpose and you can see the results. I thought we could’ve played much better and of course we didn’t. I thought our bullpen did a good job in the second game.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
-MU has now lost five conference games by one run.
-Ryan Lillie tossed two one-hit innings in relief in the first game.
-Kyle Ajjan took his first loss of the season, allowing five runs, four earned, in five innings.
-Monmouth loses both games of a doubleheader at home for the first time since May 16, 2009 against Central Connecticut State, a stretch of nearly eight years.
-Today marks just the second time since joining the MAAC that Monmouth fell in both games of a twinbill, the first coming on May 15, 2015 at Canisius in MU’s first season in the league.
-Mike Brambilla got an out on the only pitch he threw.
-Clay Koniencki drove in multiple runs for the fourth time this season.
-Marist takes the weekend series two games to one.
-Monmouth outhit Marist in the first game, 11-8.
-Three Hawks had multiple hits in the first game.
-Charlie Jerla earned his fourth win for Marist in the first game, while Mike Coss picked up his second save.
-Tyler Ksiazek took the loss in the first game, allowing five runs in three innings.
-The MU bullpen saw four pitchers allow just two runs across six innings.
-Scott Boches earned his fourth win in the nightcap for Marist.
-Monmouth hosts Lafayette Wednesday in non-conference action at 3:30 p.m.