TEANECK, N.J. – Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) had three hits, including a home run, and four RBI’s as the Monmouth University baseball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 8-2, Friday afternoon at the Naimoli Complex. With the win, the Hawks improve to 22-14 (13-4 NEC), while the Knights fall to 6-25 (2-15 NEC).
Andrew McGee (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) pitched his sixth complete game of the year to improve to 7-1 on the season. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out nine. Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional [Northampton C.C.]) and Dan Shea (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) had two hits each. Both Bamford and Shea scored a run, while Shea also drove in one. Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) had a hit, a run, and an RBI each. Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South), Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) and Kyle Perry (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) had a hit and a run apiece.
The Hawks wasted no time jumping all over the Knights with six runs in the first, chasing FDU starting pitcher Nick Cuono after just two-thirds of an inning. Wilgus led off with a home run down the right field line, before a Sweeney double, Stewart hit-by-pitch and Bamford single loaded the bases. Perret followed with an RBI single and Guida drove in Stewart with a sacrifice fly. Shea’s single to right center plated Bamford. Following a Perry hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Cuono was pulled in favor of Craig Warner. Wilgus greeted him with a single through the right side for his second and third RBI’s of the inning and the Hawks’ fifth and sixth runs of the stanza, giving MU a 6-0 lead after one half inning.
Monmouth tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Guida reached on a one-out error, stole second, moved to third on a Perry single and scored on a failed pickoff attempt. Perry moved to second on the failed pickoff and scored on a Wilgus single up the middle, giving the MU leadoff hitter four RBI’s on the day.
The Knights scratched across one run in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth. A two-out double by Ryan McGrath got things started before Riley Moonan walked. Kyle Weeks then singled to left center to bring in McGrath and cut the Hawks’ lead to 8-1 after eight innings. Another two-out double, this time by Jack Loftus in the ninth, set the table for Jordan Ritz’s RBI single, before McGee closed out his sixth complete game of the season.
The Hawks and Knights return to action tomorrow, when they play a doubleheader of seven-inning games. First pitch from Teaneck, N.J., is scheduled for 1 p.m.