- The Monmouth University baseball team fell at No. 16 East Carolina 11-4 on Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. A day after defeating the 16th-ranked Pirates, Monmouth surrendered six unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings, to fall to 3-5 overall and end its three-game win streak.
In a game that featured five home runs, all to right field, the Hawks climbed to within 5-4 on Cal Costanzo
's three-run homer, but allowed two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a four-spot in the home half of the sixth to fall behind by seven runs, as ECU improved to 10-8 on the season.
ECU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Kyle Roller drilled a two-out, two-strike home run to right center off Monmouth starter Kyle Breese
The Hawks pulled even in the top of the third frame when Matt McEndy
delivered a one-out single up the middle, and advanced to third on a Josh Boyd
single to right. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Ryan Terry
lifted a sacrifice fly to right, to plate McEndy.
The Pirates answered with a four-run home half of the third to claim a 5-1 advantage. ECU, which scored all four runs after the first two batters were retired, notched runs on Devin Harris' RBI double, and Zach Wright's three-run homer to right.
Monmouth climbed within a single run in the top of the fourth frame, when Danny Avella
drew a walk, Bobby Dombrowski
singled, and Costanzo launched a three-run shot of his own to right - his second career home run - making the score 5-4.
Back-to-back one-out, solo home runs by ECU in the home half of the fifth pushed the Pirates ahead 7-4, as Harris connected on a 1-0 pitch to right center, and Wright's second homer of the game hugged the rightfield line.
ECU tacked on four runs without a hit in the bottom of the sixth to corral an 11-4 advantage, as the Pirates took advantage of a pair of errors, a balk, two hit batters and two bases loaded walks.
Breese (1-2), who worked 5.0 innings for the Hawks, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, with four strikeouts was saddled with the loss. Jonathan Shippee
, who started the sixth inning, retired two batters, allowing four scores on no hits.Matt Goitz
worked a scoreless seventh frame, allowing one hit, while Chris Perret
- in his first career appearance on the mound after missing his entire freshman season with an injury - worked a scoreless and hitless eighth inning.
Boyd went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot for the Hawks, while Jamie Rosenkranz
and Costanzo added two hits apiece.
Seth Maness (3-2) earned the win for the Pirates, going 7.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts.
Monmouth returns to action on Sunday, when the Hawks wrap up the three-game series at East Carolina with a 1:00 p.m. contest with the 16th-ranked Pirates.