BOCA RATON, Fla. –
Florida Atlantic scored in the first inning and added runs in the third and fourth to down the Monmouth University baseball team, 4-0, in the second game of the their three game set on Saturday afternoon at FAU Stadium. Steve Wilgus
(Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) and Danny Avella
(Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) both registered a pair of hits to pace the Blue and White (1-1).
The Owls (4-2) strung together three base hits to plate a first inning run against Monmouth’s starter T.J. Hunt (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo). Tyler Rocklein connected on an RBI single and Levi Meyer plated a run on a fielder’s choice in the third which pushed FAU’s lead to 3-0. The Owls registered their final run on Brendon Sanger’s infield singer, bringing in Abraham who reached via a walk to lead off the frame, with Frank Trimarco (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) on for the Blue and White in relief.
Monmouth threatened in the seventh when Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) reached on a fielding error and moved to third on Avella’s double to right. FAU’s starter Jeremy Strawn forced Hughes to fly out, pinch-hitter Chris Gaetano (Madison Township, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) to strike out swinging and Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) to ground out to get out of his final inning unscathed.
Hunt suffered the loss for the Hawks, allowing three runs on five hits in three innings of work. Trimarco hurled three innings of relief, yielding a run on a two hits and a pair of walks. Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) and Adam Yunginger (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) combined to work two innings out of the Hawks’ pen, allowing two base runners via a hit and a free pass.
The Hawks scattered five hits off Strawn, who picked up his second win of the year after working seven scoreless innings.
Monmouth and FAU will meet tomorrow in the rubber match of the three-game set. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.