10-RUN FIRST INNING SENDS BASEBALL TO WIN OVER IONA
Iona didn't get on the board until the fourth on a fielder's choice as Ajjan worked six strong innings, surrendering just the one run and striking out five. Iona scored four times in the final two innings, the bulk on a three-run double from Stephen Furman, to cap the scoring at 11-5.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Kyle gave us a boost. We needed somebody to go out there and go a little deeper in the game than what we've been getting and he certainly did that. He made some good pitches and he set the tone in the first putting up a zero.” – Head Coach Dean Ehehalt on Kyle Ajjan's outing
“It was the same thing we've been able to do all year with big innings. We have good at bats, we take a walk when we get it, and we were able to take advantage of getting an additional out. Dan Abate had a great base running play that really ignited us a little bit.” – Ehehalt on the 10-run first inning
-Monmouth's 10-run inning was their largest in an inning all season.
-Zach Schild had two hits for the fifth time in eight starts this year.
-Ryan Byrd had his first at bat since 3/10 at Wofford.
-Tom Jakubowski drove in three runs for the seventh time this year, and second time in the last three games.
-Kyle Ajjan picked up his first win since 4/8 at Siena.
-Ajjan's five strikeouts were his second highest output this season.
-Every Monmouth starter scored a run.
-Brad Rhoads scored his first run since 2/26 at Furman.
-Conor Gammond collected his second hit of the year, first since 3/10 at Wofford.
-Monmouth left 10 runners on base to Iona's 13.
-Bill Maier allowed all ten runs in the first inning for Iona, and took the loss.
-A pair of Iona relievers combined to throw four innings of one-run ball.
-Iona outhit MU 12-11.
-Ajjan tossed six innings, allowing four hits and a run with three walks and five K's.
-Monmouth hosts Iona tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. Senior Day festivities will precede the first game, honoring Monmouth's 2017 senior class.
10-run first inning sends monmouth baseball to win over iona