NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville) had a single and a run-scoring
sacrifice fly, but the Monmouth University baseball team fell at No. 2
Vanderbilt, 13-1, Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field. With the loss, the Hawks
fall to 1-3, while the Commodores improve to 7-1.
Kyle Perry (Toms River,
N.J./Toms River South), Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) and
Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) added one hit each, with Perry scoring the
Hawks' run. Starting pitcher Jonathan Shippee (Waterford, N.Y./Shenendehowa)
took the loss on the mound, allowing two earned runs on one hit, four walks and
one hit-by-pitch. Shippee was also plagued by two balks and a wild pitch.
Kyle Smith led the Commodores
offensively with a double, a triple and four RBI's in his two at bats. He also
scored twice. Vince Conde added a pair of hits, while Tony Kemp scored four
runs. Philip Pfeifer earned the victory for Vanderbilt, allowing one unearned
run on two hits and a walk over 6.0 innings pitched. He struck out six.
Each team crossed the plate
once in the first inning. After Perry reached on a fielding error and moved to
second on a Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) sacrifice bunt, Guida
singled him over to third. Perry then scored on Gronsky's sacrifice fly.
Vandy countered with a run in
the bottom of the first. Jack Lupo walked, moved to second on a balk and came
around to score on a Connor Harrell double. The Commodores again struck in the
third inning with the aid of walks, balks and, this time, a wild pitch. Kemp
reached on a leadoff walk, stole second with one out and after Conrad Gregor
walked, both runners advanced on Shippee's second balk of the game. The two
runners again advanced later in the count on a wild pitch. Shippee was pulled
after walking Mike Yastrzemski, and Jeff Paglione (Mantua, N.J./Gloucester
Catholic) limited the damage by inducing a flyout to end the threat.
The Commodores added another
run in the fifth, as Lupo singled with one out, stole second and scored on
Gregor's single up the middle. Vandy would add two more in the sixth without
benefit of a hit. A hit-by-pitch, error on a sacrifice bunt attempt and a
stolen base put runners on second and third. The Hawks cut down the runner from
third on a fielder's choice for the first out, but both runners advanced to
second and third to keep the threat alive. A fielding error allowed the first
run of the inning to score before Gregor's sacrifice fly scored the second run
to give Vanderbilt a 5-1 edge.
The Hawks threatened in the
seventh, loading the bases with one out on the strength of a Gronsky single and
walks by Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Dan Shea
(Wilmington, Del./Salesianum). But Vandy reliever Carson Fulmer struck out a
pair of Hawks pinch hitters to extinguish the threat.
Smith's two-out, pinch-hit
double down the right field line scored Vince Conde to give Vandy a 6-1 lead
before a balk and a wild pitch scored two more in the bottom of the seventh. Smith
again struck with the bases loaded in the eighth with a bases-clearing triple
to push the Vanderbilt lead to 11-1. A walk and a John Norwood pinch-hit,
two-run double made it 13-1.
The Hawks return to action
Friday, when they begin a three-game set at Delaware. First pitch from Bob
Hannah Baseball Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.