BASEBALL FALLS IN SERIES FINALE AT #16 ECU, 16-2, ON SUNDAY
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Monmouth University baseball team fell at No. 16 East Carolina 16-2 on Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Monmouth, which opened the three-game series with a victory on Friday night, falls to 3-6 overall.
ECU, which connected on eight home runs in the first two games of the series, added four round-trippers and nine extra-base hits in the series finale to improve to 11-8 on the season.
ECU notched three runs in the bottom of the first when Kyle Roller connected on a two-run homer to right, and Zach Wright added a run-scoring double, off Monmouth starter Pat Light.
The Pirates recorded a pair of runs in the home half of the second to grab a 5-0 lead, as a leadoff walk came around to score on Dustin Harrington's two-out single up the middle, and a bases loaded infield hit led to a run.
ECU tacked on three runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Harrington's two-run homer, for an 8-0 edge, and racked up six more scores - on a pair of three-run home runs, including another from Harrington - in the bottom of the fourth to register a 14-0 lead.
Monmouth, which had one baserunner in the first five innings, when Kyle O'Neill reached on an error, collected its first hits of the game in the sixth frame, when Mike Casale lead off with a single through the right side, and Josh Boyd connected on a single to right. Matt McEndy followed with a two-run single to right center, trimming the lead to 14-2.
The Pirates added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh off reliever Joe Loiodice, as a pair of pinch-hits, coupled with a fielding error, made the score 16-2.
Light (0-2) worked 2.2 innings in the loss for the Hawks, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits, while fellow rookie Neil Harm allowed six runs in 1.1 frames.
Nick Vallillo, who entered to start the fifth for MU, allowed one single over 2.0 innings of work for the Blue and White. Loiodice surrendered a pair of runs on four hits in an inning of work, while Matt Goitz tossed a scoreless frame for Monmouth.
ECU, which had nine extra-base hits, notched 19 hits in the game, while Mike Wright (1-1) picked up the victory behind 5.1 innings, with eight strikeouts.
Monmouth returns to action on Tuesday, when the Hawks host Temple on their home opener at 3:00 p.m.