SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.– The Monmouth University baseball team rallied with a pair of ninth inning runs to tie the game at three, but fell on Derek Jenkins’ walk-off single in the bottom of the frame at Seton Hall on Tuesday afternoon, 4-3. The Hawks record falls to 11-20, while Seton Hall moves to 28-8 this year.
Anthony Ciavarella (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) made his first start of the season, working 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on three hits, striking out one and walking two. Frank Trimarco (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) came on to throw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing only one man to reach on a hit by pitch and retiring the other seven. Anthony Pacillo worked 7.1 innings for the Pirates, surrendering a run on nine hits, fanning five. He was handed a no-decision when the Hawks tied the game in the ninth against Ryan Testani, who gave up a pair of runs in the ninth but did get the win.
Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) led the way offensively with a pair of hits and two RBI’s for MU, including the game tying-sacrifice fly in the ninth. Dave Moreno (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional), making his first start of the season, went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. For the Pirates, Jenkins drove in two runs including the game-winner, and DJ Ruhlman added a run and an RBI for Seton Hall.
Ciavarella retired the first six to face him, and did not allow a hit until the fifth. The Hawks struck first in the third, when Moreno singled leading off and moved to second on Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic)’s bunt single. After Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Northampton C.C./Warren Hills Regional) loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice, Gronsky lifted a sacrifice fly to give Monmouth the 1-0 advantage.
Tyler Boyd registered Seton Hall’s first hit of the day leading off the fifth, and it ignited a rally. Ruhlman walked, and a sac bunt moved them each up a base to second and third. Dillon Hamlin singled up the middle to tie the game, and Jenkins notched an infield single to make it 2-1 SHU. After a walk, Trimarco replaced Ciavarella to retire the side and keep the score at 2-1 Pirates. Neither team moved a runner past first base in the sixth or seventh.
Monmouth loaded the bases in the top of the eighth with a pair of singles and a walk, but could not score. In the bottom of the inning, the home team added an insurance run, sparked by Kyle Grimm’s infield single. Boyd followed with a base hit, and Ruhlman brought the run home with a single of his own to make it 3-1 Pirates.
The Blue and White immediately went to work in the top of the ninth, when Moreno reached leading off again to start a run-scoring inning, this time via a hit by pitch. Cary Jacobson (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades) singled through the left side, and Bamford bunted them over to set up MU with runners at second and third with one out. Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) singled back to the pitcher to score a run and cut the lead to 3-2. Jacobson moved to third on the play, and Gronsky got one in the air to right, scoring Jacobson on the sacrifice fly to tie the game at three.
Seton Hall would waste no time in the bottom of the frame, when Hamlin led off by getting a hit by pitch. Chris Chiaradio bunted Hamlin over, and reached on a throwing error that moved the winning run to third. With runners on the corners and no outs, Jenkins ended the game with a walk-off single up the middle to give Seton Hall the 4-3 victory.
Monmouth is back on the diamond tomorrow for a non-conference matchup at Lafayette. First pitch with the Leopards is set for 3:30 p.m.