BIG EIGHTH INNING GIVES MONMOUTH BASEBALL 7-2 WIN AT SETON HALL
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Monmouth Baseball scored five times in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and got contributions from six freshmen in the starting lineup in a 7-2 win at Seton Hall Tuesday. Danny Long (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge) drove in two runs and pitched a spotless ninth inning, John LaRocca (Plainview, NY/St. Dominic) drove in the winning run and Brian Reiss (Watchung, NJ/Watchung Hills) delivered a strong start for the Blue and White.
After Matt Toke gave Seton Hall a 1-0 lead, Dan Abate (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) answered with an RBI single the other way to tie the game at one. Neither team scored again until the seventh, when Grant Lamberton (Newark, DE/Salesianum) brought in a run on an error, but Mike Caputo's RBI double in the bottom of the inning tied things again.
LaRocca drove in the lead run in the eighth, with two coming in on the play due to an error to make it 4-2 Monmouth. Long followed with a two-run double to extend the lead to 6-2 before scoring on a wild pitch to widen the lead to 7-2. Mike Brambilla (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) pitched through trouble in the eighth before Long made his first appearance on the mound as a Hawk, retiring the Pirates in order to lock down the 7-2 victory.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It was a nice win for the team today. We started six freshman and they played extremely well. They have been chomping at the bit to play.” – Head Coach Dean Ehehalt on the win
“Brian Reiss was outstanding today. He did a nice job of keeping hitters off balance.” – Ehehalt on starter Brian Reiss
“Offensively we executed nicely, and Lamberton, LaRocca, Abate and Long put together some key at bats.” – Ehehalt on the offensive production
“We recruited Danny Long to be a two-way guy and really have not been able to use him this year in that capacity, so it was nice to finally see what he could do. He likes to compete.” – Ehehalt on Long, who pitched the ninth inning and drove in two runs
-Danny Long made his first collegiate appearance as a pitcher, firing a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
-Dan Abate now has a hit in three of his last four starts.
-Ryan Crowley made his first career start at first base.
-John LaRocca has a hit in four of six starts this year, and has multiple hits in his last two starts.
-Grant Lamberton has hit safely in 13 games in a row and reached base in 18 straight, both the longest this season for the Hawks.
-Reiss' 6.2 innings and three K's are both career highs.
-Brambilla earned his first win of the season, and first since 3/15/16 at James Madison.
-JP Walsh made his first start since 4/8 at Siena.
-Monmouth has now completed its non-conference regular season schedule.
-Five of Monmouth's nine hits came from freshmen, while the other four came from seniors.
-Long is now the only Hawk to start all 45 games this season, while Jakubowski is the only other to have appeared in all 45 contests.
-Mike Brambilla fired 1.1 innings for just the second time this year, allowing just one hit and no runs.
-Brian Reiss fired 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts in a no decision.
-Zach Schild now has hits in his last five appearances and last five starts.
-Monmouth takes on Iona in the final conference series of the regular season, beginning Thursday at 2:00 p.m.