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Joe Loiodice secured the Hawks victory with his first career save.
Courtesy: Photo by Dave Schofield


Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: April 10, 2012
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, Temple University loaded the bases with one out, but Monmouth University reliever Joe Loiodice (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll) caught Jordan Queja looking at strike three and induced a groundout by Nick Lustrino to record his first career save and secure a 3-2 victory for the Hawks, Tuesday afternoon at MU
Baseball Field.  Senior Jonathan Shippee (Waterford, N.Y./Shenendehowa) worked a career-best 7.0 innings for the Blue and White (19-12, 9-3 NEC), scattering five hits, yielding one run with five strikeouts en route to his third win of the season. 

Danny Avella (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) got the Hawks on the board in the first inning, taking a pitch the opposite way, down the left field line for a double, allowing Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area), who was hit a pitch a batter earlier, to come all away around to score from first.  Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) roped a single to right, plating Avella, who slid in under the tag to stake MU to a 2-0 lead.

Lustrino's RBI single to center field cut the Hawks' lead in half, 2-1, in the third inning.

The Blue and White gained an insurance run in the seventh on Josh Boyd's (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Central) seeing-eye single through the left side, plating Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose), who stole second after reaching on a fielder's choice.

With MU ahead by two, 3-1, Temple earned the run back in the top half of the eighth on Forster Dunigan's run-scoring single, bringing the Owls again within one, 3-2.

Neil Harm (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) threw an inning out of the Hawks' bullpen, allowing a run on two hits, while Charlie Battis (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) started the ninth for MU, not allowing a hit in a third of an inning.

Eric Peterson is tagged with the loss for the Owls as the starter allowed two runs on two hits with three punch-outs.

Monmouth returns to action on Wednesday, April 11th, as it entertains Rider at 3 p.m. in West Long Branch.
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