EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Monmouth University baseball team totaled 20 runs on 28 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Mount St. Mary’s, Saturday afternoon at Straw Family Stadium. The Hawks took Game 1, 7-2, before cruising to a 13-1 victory in Game 2. With the win, the Hawks improve to 15-11 (8-3 NEC), while the Mountaineers fall to 6-19 (2-9 NEC). The Hawks have now piled up 33 runs on 50 hits in winning the first three games of the series.
Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional [Northampton C.C.]) led the Hawks’ offense with a 6-for-7 day with a double, three RBI’s and three runs scored. Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) added a 4-for-6 effort with a grand slam, six RBI’s and two runs scored, while Kyle Perry (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) also had four hits, three runs and an RBI. Dan Shea (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) and Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) chipped in with three hits each, with Wilgus hitting a triple, driving in one run and scoring three more. Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) scored three runs each, while Connor White (Wall, N.J./Wall) went 2-for-4 with his first-career hit, a three-run home run.
T.J. Hunt (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) took the Game 1 win, limiting the Mountaineers to two earned runs on six hits and a walk in five-plus innings. He struck out four. Adam Yunginger (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) earned the Game 2 victory on the mound, limiting the Mount to one earned run on five hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out five.
The Hawks jumped out in front with a run in the top of the second inning in Game 1. Bamford led off with a double, moved to third on a Guida sacrifice bunt and scored on Casey Saverio’s (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) two-out single down the left field line. The Mountaineers responded with two runs in the bottom of the second. A walk, a single and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third ahead of Andrew Clow’s sacrifice fly and Zach Smith’s RBI single up the middle to give the Mount a 2-1 lead after two innings.
The Hawks drew even in the third with three-straight two-out singles from Stewart, Bamford and Guida. MU then took the lead for good with two unearned runs in the fourth. Perret reached on a fielding error on what would’ve been the third out with the bases loaded. Wilgus and Perry scored on the play to stake the Hawks to a 4-2 lead.
Monmouth padded the lead with three runs in the sixth. Perret’s double scored Wilgus, before Gronsky scored on a wild pitch and Perret came home on a Bamford sacrifice fly. Jeff Paglione (Mantua, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) came on in the sixth and recorded the final six outs to close the game out and clinch the victory for Hunt.
In Game 2, the Mount struck first with a walk and a double, all with two outs, to tally the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. The Hawks countered in the top of the second with a two-out, three-run home run from White, his first collegiate hit, to take a 3-1 lead. In the third, two walks and a single set the table for Guida, who blasted his first home run of the season, a grand slam, over the left field wall to give the Hawks a 7-1 lead.
In the fourth, 11 Hawks came to the plate to account for six runs. Wilgus rudely welcomed Mount reliever Nick Riley with a leadoff triple down the right field line. After Riley recorded an out, he walked Perret and plunked Stewart to load the bases. Bamford then delivered a two-run single to right and Guida singled through the left side to score Stewart, pushing the lead to 10-1 and chasing Riley from the game. A groundout pushed the runners to second and third, before Bamford scored and Guida moved to third on a wild pitch. Perry’s infield single scored Guida, before White and Wilgus followed suit with singles to shortstop to plate Perry with the Hawks’ 13th run of the game.
Neil Harm (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) recorded the final four outs on the mound for the Hawks to close out the victory.
Monmouth concludes its road NEC series at Mount St. Mary’s with a nine-inning game on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Straw Family Stadium.