BASEBALL OVERPOWERS HOFSTRA, 14-4
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Cary Jacobson (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades) had four hits and six runs batted in to lead the Monmouth baseball team to a 14-4 win at Hofstra on Tuesday afternoon. Every Hawk who started reached base as the Hawks improved to 16-20 on the year and dropped the Pride to 17-18.
Jeff Singer (Riverton, N.J./Gloucester C.C./Holy Cross) won his fourth consecutive start, backed by an offense that posted a season-high 21 hits and 14 runs. Jacobson was 4-for-6 with six runs driven in and a run scored, and every Hawk who started offensively reached base. Danny Avella (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had a monster day at the plate as well, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored and four RBI’s. Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Northampton C.C./Warren Hills Regional) added four hits and Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) scored three runs.
Singer won his fourth start in a row, tossing five innings and allowing four runs on eleven hits, fanning four. Anthony Ciavarella (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) allowed just two hits in three scoreless relief innings. Jacobson became the first Hawk to record six RBI’s in a game since Ryan Terry did it on 4/13/10 in a 24-7 win over Princeton.
Hofstra starter Graham Tebbitt allowed five runs, three earned on ten hits with six strikeouts through 5.1 innings. Chris Harkey allowed four runs on four hits in his relief inning, while Kieran Ryan gave up five runs on four hits in his 2/3 of an inning. Kenny Jackson led the Pride offensively, going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s.
MU jumped on Tebbitt in the first, plating three runs early on. Bamford reached on an infield single, and two batters later, with two down, Avella knocked a double down the right field line, scoring the first run of the day. After Lamberton reached on an error, Jacobson started his day with a two-run single to left center to make it 3-0 Hawks.
The Pride tied the game in the bottom of the second with three runs in the inning. Brad Witkowski singled to left and scored on John Taurinsky’s single. With two down, Jackson came up with the bases loaded and singled in two to tie the game at three. Hofstra took a fourth inning lead, as Eric Ferguson singled and worked his way around the bases, scoring on Jackson’s RBI single.
MU got the tying and lead runs in the top of the sixth, sparked by Dave Moreno (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional)’s leadoff base hit. Bamford notched another infield single, and both him and Moreno moved up a base on a throwing error by third baseman David Leiderman. After Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) was intentionally walked to fill the bases, Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) was hit by a pitch to score the tying run. It was the first of three times Sweeney would be hit by a pitch on the afternoon. With two out and the bases loaded, Lamberton brought home the lead run with an infield single. Gronsky was cut down on the play at the plate trying to score, but MU led, 5-4.
The score would hold at 5-4 until the eighth, when the MU bats went off. Bamford and Gronsky started the inning with singles, and Sweeney was hit by his second pitch of the day to load the bases. Avella brought home the first run with a single to right, and Jacobson followed two batters later with a two-run single to right to make it 7-4 Monmouth. The final run of the four-run frame came on a wild pitch that chased Lamberton home.
Monmouth’s offense was far from done, scoring another five in the ninth. Ryan Bailey (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) singled leading off, and back-to-back hit by pitches to Gronsky and Sweeney loaded the bags. Avella hit a two-run single down the right field line, and was cut down trying to stretch it to a double but had already added his fourth RBI of the day. After a walk to Lamberton, Jacobson doubled down the left field line to bring in his fifth and sixth runs of the afternoon. Chris Gaetano (Madison Township, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) hit a long RBI double to right center to bring in the final run of the day, and two batters later, Bailey added his second hit of the ninth inning.
Jeff Paglione (Mantua, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) came on to pitch the ninth, and allowed a walk and a hit as well as getting a ground out before the game was called due to darkness and inclement weather.
MU returns home tomorrow to take on in-state rival Rutgers. First pitch with the Scarlet Knights at MU Baseball Field is set for 3:00 p.m.