BASEBALL EARNS DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OF FDU
TEANECK, N.J. - The Monmouth University baseball team took both games of a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson, Saturday afternoon at Naimoli Complex. In game one, Andy McDonnell (Newton Square, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) earned his fourth win of the season while Ed Martin (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan [Brookdale CC]) drove in three en route to a 7-2 win while Dan Smith (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) posted his second-complete game performance and Nick Pulsonetti (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) powered the Hawks to a 8-3 game two victory with his 34th career home run which ties the MU all-time mark.
In game one, Martin connected on his second home run of the season, a three-run shot, in the opening frame, plating Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) who doubled and Pulsonetti, who reached via a walk, to give Monmouth (27-15, 18-5 NEC) a 3-0 lead.
Pulsonetti earned his second free pass with two outs in the third and moved over to second on a pitch that got a away from FDU's hurler Nick Melchiorre . Martin was plunked by a pitch and rookie Jake Gronsky (Danville, N.J./Danville Area) singled up the middle, chasing in Pulsonetti and Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) followed with a RBI double, scoring Martin. After Cal Costanzo (Edison, N.J./Edison) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, rookie Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) earned a walk brining in Gronsky to push the Hawks ahead, 6-0.
FDU got on the board in the fourth on a two-run home run by Joe Martino, cutting MU's lead to 6-2.
Monmouth added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on Gronsky's infield single scoring Pulsonetti who walked for the third time of the contest.
McDonnell earned his fourth win of the season hurling 5.0 innings yielding two runs on six hits, while John McDonald (Langhorne, Pa./Conwell Egan Catholic) and Matt Frazier (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park) combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Melchiorre is saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits while allowing five walks in 6.2 innings of action.
In the nightcap, the Hawks fell behind 3-0 in the third on a RBI single from Martino and two-run base hit by Matt Holsman off of Smith.
Rosenkranz started the Monmouth fifth with a single, advanced to second Perret's free pass, and came around to score on Terry's base hit to center. Pulsonetti followed with a three-run home run, his sixth round-tripper of the season which ties Jay Law with the most in program history. Rosenkranz singled home Gronsky, who was hit by a pitch, in his second at-bat in the inning to cap off the five-run inning for the Blue and White which took a 5-3 lead.
Monmouth continued its offensive attack on the Knights in the sixth as Pulsonetti doubled down the left field line to score Josh Boyd (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Catholic), who took over for Perret after reached on a fielding error. After Martin groundout, moving Pulsonetti to third and Gronksy walked, Stewart connected on a two-run single, plating both Pulsonetti and Gronsky to increase the Hawks' lead to 8-3.
Smith earned his fourth consecutive win in his second-straight complete game effort, allowing three runs on eight hits while fanning three.
FDU's starter Chris Theordor is credited with the loss, yielding five runs on five hits while walking five in 4.1 innings of work.
Monmouth will look for the four-game sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson tomorrow, May 1st, in the series finale. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.