JAKUBOWSKI DRIVES IN SEVEN RUNS AS MONMOUTH BASEBALL SWEEPS NYIT
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth Baseball's pitching allowed just three earned runs all day, and senior outfielder Tom Jakubowski (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford/Long Island) homered twice and drove in seven runs as MU swept NYIT Sunday. The Hawks took the opener 10-4 before winning the nightcap 7-1.
After Anthony Martelli put NYIT up 1-0, MU responded to score the next four runs, starting when Dan Abate (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) drove in his first career run with a base hit to right. Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) doubled down the line amidst a three-run second, but the Bears got two back on an error in the fourth to trim it back to 4-3.
Jakubowski legged out an RBI double in the fourth before he and Clay Koniencki (Schwenksville, PA/Malvern Prep) hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 7-3, and MU added three in the eighth to go up 10-3. NYIT plated a run in the ninth to make it a 10-4 final.
MU leapt to a 4-0 lead in the second game when Jakubowski tagged a grand slam to straightaway center field, and the teams traded runs in the second on a Robert Fiato home run and a Hughes single the other way to plate one for MU. In the fourth, freshman John LaRocca (Plainview, NY/St. Dominic) hit his first career home run to right as MU would take a 6-1 lead and eventually win 7-1.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“He hit that home run in the first inning of the second game to get us going, and he's been really big for us. He's worked through some tough at bats and his veteran presence has been huge in the middle of our order. He's really a heads up player that plays hard.” – head coach Dean Ehehalt on senior OF Tom Jakubowski
“Jordan threw the ball well in spots, and Justin was able to give us a quality start. It was encouraging to see him throw today and of course our bullpen has been really good all year. Ben Hoffman and Austin Counsellor were excellent today in settling the game down and letting us get into the game.” – Ehehalt on the pitching this afternoon
“I'm so happy to see those guys do well. They have been chomping at the bit to get in the game and we've talked to them and all the young kids about sticking to the plan. Development is important and their time is going to come, and hopefully today was a breaking out party for them.” – Ehehalt on freshmen Dan Abate and John LaRocca's contributions
-Monmouth posts its second doubleheader sweep of the season, both at home.
-In the opener, Jakubowski and Koniencki hit back-to-back home runs. It is the first time this year MU has gone back-to-back and third time they have hit two home runs in the same inning (4/2 at Canisius – Long/Papcun, 3rd inn. and 4/11 at Columbia – Hughes/Jakubowski, 5th inn.).
-It marked Monmouth's first back-to-back home runs since April 7, 2013 at Mount Saint Mary's, when Craig Sweeney and Jon Guida hit consecutive homers in the ninth inning.
-Jakubowski now leads Monmouth with eight home runs, the most in a season for a Hawk since Dan Shea hit eight last season.
-Jakubowski's grand slam was Monmouth's first of the year and first since Dan Shea's game-winning grand slam on March 25, 2016 to break an eighth inning tie.
-Freshman John LaRocca hit his first career home run and recorded his first ever multi-hit game.
-Freshman Dan Abate drove in his first collegiate run and picked up his first ever extra base hit in the second game, hustling out a double.
-Jordan McCrum got his fourth win, the most on the team this season.
-Ben Hoffman picked up his second career save, and first since his first game as a Hawk in a season opening win over Penn State last year.
-Every Hawk to start the opening game had a hit except Dan Shea, who walked three times.
-Justin Andrews collected his first win since April 11, 2015 at Iona.
-Monmouth pitching allowed just three earned runs all day.
-MU allowed just 10 hits, five in each game, all afternoon.
-Jordan McCrum struck out seven batters for the third consecutive game.
-Justin Andrews earned his first win of the season in game two, allowing just two hits and a run with five strikeouts.
-Austin Counsellor picked up his first save as a Hawk with three shutout innings.
-Monmouth outhit NYIT 19-10 on the day.
-The Hawks left just one runner on base in the second game.
-Jakubowski totaled five hits, seven RBI's and five runs scored in the two games.
-Monmouth heads to Albany on Wednesday afternoon for a non-league matchup with the Great Danes at 3:00 p.m.