SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
- The Monmouth University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at the University of San Diego on Monday afternoon, at Cunningham Stadium. The Hawks (0-4) lost game one 3-2 in walk-off fashion, and fell in the nightcap, 8-2, as the Toreros (6-6) recorded seven runs over the final three frames.
In game one, the Hawks struck first, notching a pair of runs in the second inning. In the frame, Jamie Rosenkranz
collected a lead-off single and crossed home on Danny Avella
's RBI double to right. MU tacked on a second run when Avella scored on a wild pitch with two out.
USD cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth when Tony Strazzara connected on a solo homer to left, and knotted the game in the fifth on Kevin Muno's solo shot to left center, both off of Monmouth starter Kyle Breese
With the game tied going into the bottom of the seventh, the Toreros received a two-out RBI single to claim the one-run victory.
Breese (0-1) surrendered three runs on six hits, with two strikeouts and five walks in the loss for the Hawks, while his counterpart, Kyle Blair (1-0) tossed a complete game, with three hits and five punchouts.
In the second game, freshman Pat Light
surrendered three runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings in his first career start for Monmouth, while striking out two and walking none.
USD got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third frame in game two, taking a 1-0 lead, as the Toreros recorded three straight hits to open the inning.
Monmouth notched a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead, as Bobby Dombrowski
delivered an RBI single to leftfield, scoring Anthony Lawrence
, and Rosenkranz crossed home on a delayed double steal attempt in which Dombrowski was caught in a run-down.
USD answered right back in the home half of the sixth with two runs to reclaim the lead, and added a single run in the seventh to take a 4-2 edge. Behind five consecutive hits in the eighth, the Toreros tacked on four runs to grab an 8-2 lead.Nick McNamara
allowed a run on one hit in an inning of work in relief of Light, while sophomores Matt Goitz
and Adam Krebs
combined to allow four runs on five hits, without recording an out. Freshman Neil Harm
notched the three outs in the eighth inning, stranding the bases loaded.
Junior Cal Costanzo
, who got the start at first base for a second time this season, went 2-for-3 for Monmouth.
Monmouth returns to action on Saturday, March 13, when the Hawks travel to Annapolis, Maryland for a pair of games at Max Bishop Stadium. Monmouth will face Iona at 10:30 a.m., and will take on Navy at 2:30 p.m.