CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Monmouth baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to UVa on Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field, losing 5-3 in Game One and 6-2 in a weather-shortened Game Two that only saw the completion of five and a half innings. Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) had three hits in both games, going six-for-eight on the day.
Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) had three hits from his #2 spot in the order in the first game, and Wilgus continued his strong start to 2014. T.J. Hunt (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) took the loss in Game One, allowing four earned on six hits through five. Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) provided three innings of scoreless relief. Josh Sborz allowed two runs on six hits through five to get the win for the Cavaliers. Jeff Singer (Riverton, N.J./Gloucester C.C./Holy Cross) took the loss in the final game of the series. Brandon Waddell got the win in Game Two for UVa, pitching all six innings that were played and surrendering just one earned run on five hits.
The games were moved up an hour after Friday’s game was postponed, turning Sunday into a doubleheader. MU struck quickly in Game One, scratching across a first inning run on Virginia starter Josh Sborz. Wilgus and Guida both singled, and Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) moved them over with a sacrifice bunt ahead of Dan Shea’s RBI groundout.
Mike Papi walked to lead off the third against Hunt, and Branden Cogswell knocked a single to right. Derek Fisher got the Cavaliers on the board with a run-scoring double, and Brandon Downes put Virginia in front with an RBI single. Joe McCarthy’s sacrifice fly capped off a three run third for the home team. The Blue and White wasted no time in responding, plating a run in the next at-bat. Gronsky was hit by a pitch to get things started, and Shea singled to center to put two on with nobody out. Craig Sweeney’s (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) opposite field single loaded the bases, and everyone would move up a base on a wild pitch, scoring Gronsky and cutting the Virginia lead to 3-2.
Virginia manufactured a fourth inning run, with Daniel Pinero singling, stealing second and scoring on Papi’s 3-2 single to right. In the top of the seventh, Monmouth got within a run again, with the rally sparked by a Connor White (Wall, N.J./Wall) leadoff bunt single. Wilgus continued his big day with a single, and Guida picked up a hit of his own to fill the bags for Gronsky to bring in another run with a sacrifice fly. Pinero added a run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Cavaliers and that score would hold, with UVa winning the first game of the day by a 5-3 count.
The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage with a pair of runs in the first and second against Singer. A walk and a hit by pitch set up Downes to rope a two-run double into left, making it 2-0 Virginia. Pinero doubled in a second inning tally and Fisher brought home the fourth run with a fielder’s choice. Monmouth would quickly slice that lead in half, when Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Northampton C.C./Warren Hills Regional) singled back through the middle leading off. Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholc) followed with a base hit, and two batters later, Wilgus stayed hot with a two-RBI double.
McCarthy would pad the Virginia lead in the fifth with a two-run double, and the Cavaliers retired the Hawks in the sixth before the weather came and wiped out the remainder of the game, which was called after 5 ½ innings.
MU returns to action Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a meeting with Towson in Annapolis, Md. at The U.S. Naval Academy.