WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.
– Frank Trimarco
(Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) tossed seven strong innings, and Danny Avella
(Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) added three hits as the Monmouth University baseball team moved to 13-20 this year with a 4-2 win over Temple Friday. The Owls drop to 12-22 this year.
Trimarco worked seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, walking none and fanning two. Jeff Paglione (Mantua, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) came on to earn his fifth save, allowing just two hits in getting six outs. Avella went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in, and Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) and Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic each posted multi-hit days.
Matt Hockenberry started for Temple and went 6.2 innings, giving up four runs on 12 hits and striking out five. Patrick Krall threw 1.1 perfect innings for TU, and Derek Peterson added a pair of hits including a home run.
With one out in the second inning, Peterson hit a fly ball to right that carried over the right field fence to give Temple a 1-0 lead on Peterson’s second long ball of the year. Monmouth would answer back in the third, when Wilgus beat out a ground ball wide of second. After moving to second on another ground ball, Avella lofted a base hit into center that scored Wilgus to tie the game.
Robert Amaro led off the fourth with a triple to left, and Daniel Dragos singled him home to put Temple up 2-1. The Hawks went to work in the fifth to get things even, with Wilgus the catalyst again. He pushed a single through the right side, moving to second on Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic)’s sacrifice bunt. Sweeney tucked an RBI double inside the third base bag to tie the game at two.
Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) lined a single over shortstop to lead off the seventh, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Northampton C.C./Warren Hills Regional) and third on a Wilgus ground out. Alessandrine took advantage, poking a single through the right side to give Monmouth the lead run. Consecutive hard-hit singles from Sweeney and Avella to follow plated another MU run, and the Hawks handed Paglione a 4-2 lead.
Paglione struck out two and got a first pitch pop up in the eighth to keep MU ahead by a pair. In the ninth, Temple strung together back-to-back singles before pinch hitter Bobby Heitzman hit a ground ball to short that Guida took to the bag himself and fired to first to complete the game-ending double play.
The Hawks and Owls will meet again tomorrow afternoon at Temple, with the first pitch from Ambler, Pa. set for 1:00 p.m.