BASEBALL FALLS LATE AT ALBANY WEDNESDAY, 4-3
ALBANY, NY- Monmouth Baseball dropped a midweek non-conference contest at Albany Wednesday, 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Freshmen Dan Abate (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) and Zach Schild (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) each had multiple hits to lead MU offensively.
The Hawks jumped to the lead in the third when Abate led off with a single and moved up two bases on a passed ball before Schild drove him in with a base hit up the middle to make it 1-0 Monmouth. MU added one in the sixth on a Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) sac fly after Tom Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) led off the inning with a triple.
Albany got one back in the sixth when Nick Kondo doubled home a run after a Monmouth error, but the Hawks regained the two-run lead in the seventh on a passed ball. In the bottom of the eighth, the Great Danes scored two runs on a slow roller to shortstop that was thrown wide of first to tie the game.
Albany won it in the bottom of the ninth with runners on the corners and one out on a ground ball wide of second base to plate the game-winning run.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We pitched extremely well today, and played poor defense. Little things and details win one-run games and we didn't win that area of the game.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
“Zach handled himself well. He plays with a sense of purpose and has a full speed motor, and did some very positive things today both offensively and on defense.” – Ehehalt on freshman C Zach Schild
“Tyler Ksiazek and Ryan Lillie were very good. We need to have other guys fully ready for the weekend.” – Ehehalt on the pitching through the first five innings
“We have to get back at it tomorrow and figure out a way to play well over the next three MAAC weekends.” – Ehehalt
-Dan Abate recorded his first ever multi-hit game.
-Zach Schild has posted multiple hits in each of his last two starts.
-Monmouth pitching did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.
-The Hawks staff did not allow an earned run on the afternoon.
-Joe Molettiere was checked with the loss, allowing an unearned run.
-Hunter Torres got the win for Albany.
-Monmouth played its second-to-last non-conference contest of the season.
-Today marked the first of an eight-game road swing for Monmouth.
-Tyler Ksiazek worked two shutout innings, allowing just one walk.
-Ryan Lillie surrendered just one hit with four K's in his two innings.
-Mike Brambilla tossed a perfect seventh inning.
-The Hawks were outhit by Albany 8-7.
-MU was 4-for-9 leading off innings.
-The Blue and White made three errors, while Albany made two.
-Monmouth heads to Fairfield to open a three-game series this weekend in MAAC play.