MONMOUTH BASEBALL DEFEATED LATE AT RIDER MONDAY, 6-5
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Tom Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season and Austin Counsellor (Salem, NJ/Woodstown) fired five effective innings out of the bullpen, but MU baseball was defeated by Rider behind three runs in the eighth inning from the Broncs, 6-5 Monday afternoon.
Rider jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning on a Riley Mihalik RBI double to straightaway center and a Harrison McClure run-scoring single. The score remained 2-0 until the sixth, when Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) chopped a base hit over third base to score two runs and tie the game. The next batter was Jakubowski, and he deposited a 2-0 offering over the right field wall for his ninth long ball of the year, capping a five-run inning for MU to make it 5-2 Hawks.
The Broncs got one back in the bottom of the inning on Kyle Johnson's RBI double before rallying in the eighth, trailing 5-3. Two base hits and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one away, and Johnson singled to cut it to a one-run game. Mihalik then lined a sacrifice fly to left field, tying the game on a close play at the plate. McClure slashed a run-scoring single inside of first to give Rider the 6-5 lead, the eventual final.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We let one slip away today. We battled back with Pete's single and Tommy's home run and couldn't close the door.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
-Jakubowski now leads the team with nine home runs, the most for a Hawk in a single season since Danny Avella hit nine in 2011.
-Zach Schild put together his first-ever three-hit game, his fourth consecutive start with multiple hits.
-Pete Papcun had a multiple-RBI day for the 10th time this year, tied with Dan Shea for the most on the team.
-Seven of Monmouth's 12 conference defeats have come by just one run.
-The top three batters in Rider's order drove in all six runs.
-Austin Counsellor fired five effective bullpen innings, allowing a run on four hits with three strikeouts.
-Ben Hoffman allowed three runs and took his second loss of the season.
-Monmouth was outhit 11-7.
-Mike Diorio and Paul Sparano combined for 2.2 shutout innings for Rider, with Sparano earning the win.
-Johnson finished with three hits for Rider.
-Monmouth heads north to Seton Hall tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. to wrap up non-conference play.