Monmouth takes Pirates in 10
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Junior leftie Andrew McGee and sophomore righthander
Adam Yunginger teamed up for a 10-inning five-hitter and junior second
baseman Jake Gronsky and senior first baseman Chris Perrett delivered the
key hits to propel Monmouth (3-5) to a 4-3 victory over East Carolina (7-5)
Friday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Among the game's rare offensive fireworks, Gronsky's
three-run homer in the top of the third was the one for the highlight reel.
The blast to left field broke a scoreless tie and gave the Hawks a cushion
the Pirates eventually offset but could not overcome.
ECU scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third
courtesy of junior shortstop Jack Reinheimer's RBI single and a wild pitch.
After the Pirates pulled even in the sixth on a leadoff
homer to left by junior first baseman Chase McDonald, McGee and reliever
Yunginger pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.
The coup de grace came on Perrett's one-out sacrifice
fly in the 10th, which drove in sophomore outfielder Steve Wilgus for what
proved to be the decisive run.
Sophomore righthander Jeff Hoffman started for the
Pirates and logged eight innings, limiting Monmouth to six hits, one of
which was Gronsky's three-run blow.
The game was knotted at 3-3 when senior southpaw Jake
Harris took over for Hoffman to start the ninth. Harris held the Hawks at
bay for 1 1/3 innings, surrendering a ninth inning single to third baseman
Owen Stewart and issuing a base on balls to Wilgus to start the 10th.
Harris gave way to junior righthander/designated hitter
Drew Reynolds after Wilgus moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Reynolds
served up a single to Gronsky that advanced Wilgus to third, setting the
stage for Perrett's winning sacrifice fly.
ECU was able to muster only a two-out single by
Reynolds in the bottom of the inning before McDonald flied out to right to
end the game.
Yunginger (1-0) got credit for the win after stepping
in for McGee at the beginning of the eighth. He handcuffed the Pirates on
one hit and one walk over the final three frames.
Harris (0-1) absorbed the loss.
East Carolina will try to even the
series when the teams face off Saturday at 2 p.m.