LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Bryant scored multiple runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to defeat the Monmouth University baseball team, 11-1, Friday afternoon in the Northeast Conference Tournament at FirstEnergy Park. The loss eliminates the Hawks, who end the season at 30-24-1. The Bulldogs now advance to face the loser of today’s second game between second-seeded Sacred Heart and No. 4 LIU Brooklyn.
Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic), Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area), Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) and Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) had one hit each for the Hawks, with Gronsky’s single scoring Sweeney, who’d walked earlier in the third inning. Frank Trimarco (Merrick, N.J./Sanford H. Calhoun) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in five innings on seven hits and one walk. He struck out five.
A.J. Zarozny, Kevin Brown and John Mullen had three hits each for the Bulldogs, while Carl Anderson, Robby Rinn and Jonathan Scott had two hits apiece. Brown and Mullen had three RBI’s each, while Scott drove in two. Jordan Mountford, Zarozny, Brown and Scott scored twice each. Craig Schlitter picked up the win on the mound, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks in 6.0 innings pitched. Jonathan Cohen took the save with three innings of scoreless relief, scattering two hits and a walk while striking out two.
A walk to Mountford and a Zarozny single put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the third before Brown singled home Mountford and put runners on the corners. Mullen followed with an RBI single through the left side to put Bryant on top, 2-0. MU countered with a run in the bottom of the third. A pair of walks to Sweeney and Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) preceded a Wilgus hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Gronsky’s infield single to third plated Sweeney and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Brown and Mullen singled consecutively with one out in the fifth before Brown scored on Anderson’s double down the left field line. Dan St. George followed with a sacrifice fly to score Mullen before Anderson came in on a wild pitch, putting Bryant on top, 5-1. The Bulldogs added four runs in the sixth. After loading the bases with one out, Brown and Mullen hit consecutive two-run singles to stake Bryant to a 9-1 lead. A horrific hop on a ground ball by Rinn to Alessandrine at third set the table for Scott, who sent a routine fly ball to right that carried in the jet stream over the right field wall for a two-run homer. Immediately following the home run, play was delayed three hours and 34 minutes by rain.
Neither team would scratch across a run the rest of the way, with Cohen recording the final nine outs for the thre-inning save for Bryant.