HAWKS WIN PITCHER DUELS, SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER FROM QU
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Sophomores Andrew McGee (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) and Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) both threw complete games for the Monmouth University baseball team, which swept Quinnipiac University in a Northeast Conference doubleheader, Friday afternoon at MU Baseball Field. In game one's 4-1 victory, McGee struck out four batters en route to his third win and second complete game of the season, while Frey went the distance for the first time in his young career, allowing one run on five hits with four punch-outs in the Hawks' 6-1 victory.
Quinnipiac scored in the opening frame of game one on Scott Donaghue's single, scoring Vincent Guglietti, who reached on an error.
Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) registered the Hawks' (17-12, 8-3 NEC) first hit of the afternoon, a three-run home run down the left field line to propel the Blue and White ahead, 3-1. Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) both reached on a fielder's choice before Guida connected with this first career round-tripper.
Josh Boyd (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Central) worked a free pass to start the fifth, moved to second on Kyle Perry's (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Martin single to right-center to plate an insurance run for MU, which increased its lead to three, 4-1.
Quinnipiac's starter Spencer Kane threw a complete game for the Bobcats, surrendering four runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out four opponents.
Similar to game one, QU struck in the first inning to begin the nightcap. Brian Ruditys singled up the middle and was awarded second on a throwing error by MU second basemen Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area). After a groundout, Kyle Nisson's single to center field chased in Ruditys to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead.
The Hawks responded in the second inning, plating six runs on six hits. Perret walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Stewart's infield single. Guida followed with a RBI base hit to center, plating Perret, and Boyd roped a RBI double, chasing in Stewart. Perry's seeing-eye single through the left side scored Guida and Martin continued the offensive attack with a two-run double which allowed Boyd and Perry to come around to touch home. Two batters later, Avella chipped in a RBI single, scoring Martin, to give Frey all the run support he would need.
Frey, who only allowed two hits and a walk in the final six innings of the contest, picked up his fourth win of the season in his sixth start.
Nick Fabrizio was tagged with the loss for the Bobcats. In a complete game of his own, the hurler allowed six runs on eight hits with a strike out in his 6.0 innings of action.
Monmouth and Quinnipiac will conclude its four-game Northeast Conference series at 1 p.m. on Saturday.