WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.
- Junior Pat Light
(Colts Neck, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) picked up his fifth win of the season, striking out 10 batters without allowing a walk, as the Monmouth University baseball team defeated Quinnipiac University, 11-4, in Northeast Conference play, Thursday afternoon at MU Baseball Field. Danny Avella
(Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) registered a 3-for-5 day for the Hawks, who improve to 15-12 (6-3 NEC) with the victory. The junior drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and scored three times for the Blue and White.
Light, who threw two nine-inning complete games to start conference play, allowed one run over 7.0 innings for his third-consecutive NEC victory.
Quinnipiac plated the first run of the afternoon in the opening frame on a throwing error by catcher Kyle Perry
(Toms River, N.J./Toms River South), but the Hawks answered in their half of the inning. Ed Martin
(Hazlet, N.J./Raritan [Brookdale CC]) earned a walk and moved to second on Avella's base hit. Tim Bickford
(Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan) found the hole in the left side of the infield, chasing in Martin, to even the score at 1-1. Owen Stewart
(Howell, N.J./St. Rose) followed with a RBI single of his own, plating Avella, giving MU a lead it would never relinquish.
The Hawks added four runs in the following inning, rallying with two-outs in the frame. Martin worked his second-straight walk and came all away around to score on Jamie Rosenkranz
's (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) triple off the base of the wall. After Jake Gronsky
(Danville, Pa./Danville Area) was hit by a pitch, Avella connected on a infield single, which scored Rosenkranz. With Gronsky on third and Avella on second after advancing via a wild pitch, Bickford popped up a ball where Quinnipiac's infielders converged, but a miscommunication allowed the ball to drop in fair territory, score the runners and give the Blue and White a 6-1 advantage.
In the home half of the fourth the Hawks scored three runs on three-consecutive pitches. Rosenkranz and Gronsky registered back-to-back doubles, while Avella took the first pitch he saw over the right-center field wall for his fourth home run of the season.
With the Hawks up 9-1, the Blue and White struck for two more runs in the seventh on Martin's single up the middle, scoring Boyd who reached on a base hit, and Gronsky's RBI double to right field, plating Martin.
With Light out of the game, the Bobcats scored three runs on two hits against the Hawks' bullpen in the eighth inning, but could not get any closer than 11-4.
Bickford drove in three runs on two hits, while Gronsky finished the afternoon with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Monmouth and Quinnipiac will resume its Northeast Conference series tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader.