JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Chris Perret (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Kyle Perry (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) compiled four hits and three RBI’s apiece as the Monmouth University baseball team defeated intrastate foe Saint Peter’s, 13-8, Wednesday afternoon at Jaroschak Field. Perret also scored two runs. With the win, the Hawks improve to 28-18, while the Peacocks fall to 14-26.
All nine batters in the Hawks’ line-up had at least one hit as Monmouth finished with 20 base hits. Owen Stewart (Howell, N.J./St. Rose) and Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) added three-hit days, with Sweeney driving in three and scoring twice. Stewart scored three runs. Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) chipped in with two hits and a run scored, while Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) drove in a run and scored twice. Joe Bamford (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional [Northampton C.C.]) drove in a run and scored another, while Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) and Connor White (Wall, N.J./Wall) scored once each.
Anthony Ciavarella (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) earned the win on the mound for the Hawks, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out six over 6.0 innings pitched. Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) picked up his team-leading fourth save of the year, tossing 3.0 innings of one-run ball. He struck out four, while scattering three hits and a walk.
Jon Kristoffersen led Saint Peter’s with a 4-for-5 effort with three runs scored and an RBI. Nicholas Henriquez, Robert Moore, Chris Grimes and Nick Cardamone added two hits each. Henriquez drove in a team-best three runs, while Cardone scored twice. Matt Mancini took the loss for the Peacocks, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits over 3.0 innings in the start. He struck out one and did not walk a batter.
The Hawks struck first with one run in the top of the first inning. Gronsky reached on a throwing error, moved to second on a Wilgus sacrifice bunt and scored on a Perret double. In the second, Sweeney led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a Perry single to left center to put the Hawks on top, 2-0. Monmouth tacked on two more in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Perret singled and Stewart doubled to put runners on second and third. A Bamford sacrifice fly brought Perret to the plate, while Sweeney’s single to left center scored Stewart.
Saint Peter’s got two back in the bottom of the third. Cardamone led off with a single and scored on Kristoffersen’s triple to right center. Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. Monmouth immediately responded with three runs in the top of the fourth. The first run scored as Stewart reached on an infield single and an errant throw allowed Wilgus to score from second. Following a Sweeney walk to load the bases, Perry singled up the middle with two outs to score two more, pushing the Hawks’ lead to 7-2.
Monmouth added two runs in the sixth on Sweeney’s two-run homer down the left field line. A single, a wild pitch and a Vincent Maietta RBI single in the bottom half of the sixth made it a 9-3 game. Ciavarella opened the bottom of the seventh by issuing a walk and allowing a double to put runners on second and third, before being replaced by Dan Smith (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee). Smith allowed consecutive run-scoring singles, cutting the lead to 9-6, before Frey took his place. Frey surrendered a walk and a sacrifice fly to make it 9-7 before striking out the final two batters to end the inning.
Each team scored one run in the eighth. The Hawks scored on a Perry single and an error by the center fielder that allowed Bamford to score. A Kristoffersen double, a fly out and a Henriquez RBI single accounted for the Peacocks’ run, making it a 10-8 Hawks lead heading to the final frame.
Monmouth added some insurance in the ninth, as White was hit by a pitch, moved to second on Alessandrine’s bunt single and scored on Gronsky’s double to center. Perret then plated two more with a two-run single to center, bringing in Alessandrine and Gronsky to take a 13-8 advantage going to the bottom of the ninth. Frey worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fourth save of the year.
Following an idle weekend in the Northeast Conference, the Hawks return to action Friday, May 10, when they travel to Bryant for a pivotal league series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.