TEANECK, N.J. – Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional [Northampton C.C.]) had two hits, including an RBI double, but the Monmouth University baseball team fell in 10 innings to Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at the Naimoli Complex. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 23-16 (14-6 NEC), while the Knights improve to 8-26 (4-16 NEC).
Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic), Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area), Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic), Dan Shea (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) and Kyle Perry (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) had one hit each. Wilgus, Gronsky, Perret, Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) and Bamford drove in one run each, while Wilgus, Perret, Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan), Shea and Perry scored once each.
Dan Smith (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) got the start on the mound for the Hawks, allowing four earned runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville hurled 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, while Jeff Paglione (Mantua, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk in 2.0 innings pitched.
Riley Moonan, Ryan MacDonald, Joel Roman and Ryan McGrath had two hits each for the Knights. Logan Frati picked up the win, hurling six innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.
The Hawks jumped out in front, 5-0, after two innings with a run in the first and four more in the second. Bamford scored Perret with a two-out RBI double in the first. After Guida reached on an error to lead off the second, Shea, Perry, Wilgus and Gronsky followed with consecutive singles to score two runs. Sacrifice flies by Perret and Stewart pushed across two more runs to stake the Hawks to a five-run cushion.
A John Giakis RBI single in the bottom of the third cut the Hawks’ lead to 5-1, before the Knights added three more runs in the fourth. A Roman double scored one, followed by a Dylan Sprague RBI groundout. Moonan doubled home the third FDU run of the inning to close to within one run at 5-4.
After four scoreless frames, the Knights scratched across a run in the ninth off Paglione to tie the game. After retiring the first batter, Paglione surrendered a single, a hit-by-pitch and a Kyle Weeks RBI single through the left side to tie the game at 5-5.
In the 10th, Paglione plunked the FDU leadoff batter, Roman, before McGrath singled. Both runners moved up on a Jordan Ritz sacrifice bunt, before Moonan was intentionally walked to load the bases. MacDonald then ended the game with a single through the right side.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, when they play host to intrastate foe Seton Hall. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at MU Baseball Field.