WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.– The Monmouth University baseball team took two of the three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) weekly honors this past week, league officials announced Tuesday afternoon. Freshman infielder Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) was named MAAC Rookie of the Week, while junior left handed pitcher Jeff Singer (Riverton, N.J./Gloucester C.C./Holy Cross) earned MAAC Pitcher of the Week accolades.
Singer was inches away from perfection against Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, tossing seven perfect innings and not allowing a base runner until the first batter of the eighth inning. After allowing a base hit, Singer got a pop up and a ground ball double play to face the minimum through eight, throwing only 71 pitches in the process. His final line was eight innings, one hit, no walks and five strikeouts. He faced 24 batters, and recorded 1-2-3 innings for seven straight frames. Adam Yunginger (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) came on to get the final three outs in order, and MU went 27 up, 27 down against FDU while only allowing one base runner in the 10-0 win. Singer has now thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings.
Lamberton had a big week, going 8-for-17 to hit a monstrous .471. His on base percentage sat at .526, and he posted a slugging percentage on the week at a whopping .647. He notched his first career three-hit game against FDU on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base. He continued his stellar play with another three-hit game in Game One at Fairfield on Friday, knocking two doubles and scoring a run. On Saturday at Fairfield in the final game of the series, he was on base three times in the MU victory. He started all four games at third base and did not make an error all week long.
The Hawks return to the diamond this afternoon at Seton Hall, with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.