PAPCUN’S WALK-OFF DOUBLE LEADS BASEBALL TO WIN OVER LAFAYETTE
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth scored three times in the final three innings, capped by Pete Papcun (Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy)’s walk-off double into the gap in the bottom of the ninth. Dan Shea (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) scored the winning run and drove in the other four, including the game winner as MU Baseball posts its first walk-off win of the season, 5-4 over Lafayette.
Down a run headed to the ninth, Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) was hit by a pitch and went to second on a passed ball before Shea drove him in and immediately stole second. Papcun sent a double to the gap to score the winning run.
Lafayette jumped to a 3-0 first-inning lead on a pair of RBI hits from Luke Robinson and Dan Leckie before a sacrifice fly made it 3-0. Shea answered with a two-run home run to straight away right in the bottom of the inning, and neither team scored again until the fifth when Lafayette’s Spencer Rouse doubled in a run to make it 4-2. MU got it back in the seventh on Shea’s RBI double before winning in the ninth.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It was nice to see our guys grind it out and win the ballgame in that fashion. We have certainly been on the back end of some tough one-run games and I sure our team is happy we were able to turn tides.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt
“Danny Shea had a huge game for us offensively. Ryan Lillie gave us a lift with 4 innings. Ben Hoffman coming in and induced the double play to end the seventh which gave us some needed energy. I thought our guys played hard today and showed a great deal of grit.” – Ehehalt
-The win marked Monmouth’s first walk-off victory of the season.
-Dan Shea drove in four runs and scored the fifth, having a hand in all five Monmouth runs.
-Shea and Hughes in the middle of the order combined to go 5-for-7 with five runs scored, two doubles and four runs driven in.
-Ben Hoffman threw 2.2 spotless innings to pick up his second win.
-Mike Brambilla added 1.1 shutout frames.
-Regan Dombroski made his first career start on the hill.
-MU outhit Lafayette 10-7.
-This marks the second time in four games MU won in its last at bat (Friday vs. Marist).
-The Hawks are 2-0 at home in midweek games this year.
-Leckie had three hits for Lafayette.
-Monmouth hosts Niagara in a conference series this weekend, with all three games to air on ESPN3.