EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Monmouth University baseball team’s offensive eruption continued Sunday as the Hawks beat Mount St. Mary’s, 15-4, to sweep the Mountaineers in the four-game weekend series. The Hawks piled up 48 runs on 71 hits in the four games to move to 16-11 (9-3 NEC). The Mountaineers fall to 6-20 (2-10 NEC) with the loss.
Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) and Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) each went 4-for-6 on the day. Guida smacked his second home run in as many days and finished with three runs scored and two RBI’s. Stewart scored twice. Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) hit a pair of home runs and finished with five RBI’s and three runs scored. Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic), Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Dan Shea (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) added three hits each. Wilgus scored three runs, Perret drove in three and Shea scored once and drove in two.
Dan Smith (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) got the win on the mound for the Hawks, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings pitched. He struck out three. Vincent Molesky took the loss for the Mountaineers, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks in three innings pitched.
Sam Nott led the Mountaineers with a pair of home runs and three RBI’s. Andrew Clow had a team-high three hits, while Zane Bard also added two hits.
The Hawks strung together three two-out hits in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead. Wilgus got things started with a double to right center before moving to third on Jake Gronsky’s (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) infield single. Wilgus then scored on Perret’s single through the right side.
Monmouth added two more runs in the fourth to extend to a 3-0 lead. Bamford led off with a triple to right center and Sweeney followed with a walk. Guida’s single through the left side scored Bamford before Shea’s single through the right side brought Sweeney home and chased Molesky from the game. But reliever Alain Girman allowed nothing further with a fielder’s choice, strikeout and foul out to end the inning.
The flood gates opened in the fifth as the Hawks put up six runs. The damage was done on a two-run home run from Sweeney, RBI singles from Shea, Wilgus and Perret and a sacrifice fly from Gronsky. Two Mountaineer errors extended the inning and made three of the runs unearned. Mount St. Mary’s got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth on Nott’s first home run of the day, a two-out, two-run jack to left.
The Hawks added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Wilgus led off the seventh with a single to center, stole second, and scored on Perret’s single to center. In the eighth, Guida reached on a one-out single, moved to second on Shea’s base hit and scored on a throwing error on a double-play attempt to make it 11-2 Hawks.
Mount St. Mary’s got two runs back in the bottom of the eighth. Nott led off with his second homer to left, and after a single and a walk, Tommy Quealy’s RBI infield single scored Clow to cut the Hawks’ lead to 11-4 after eight innings.
Monmouth wasn’t done, however, scoring four times in the ninth. With two outs in the inning, Stewart singled and Bamford walked to set the table for Sweeney’s second home run of the day. Guida followed suit with a rocket to left to make it 15-4. Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.J./Washingtonville) recorded the final six outs of the game to close out the victory and series sweep.
Monmouth returns to action Tuesday, when it welcomes Hofstra to MU Baseball Field. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.