Cary, N.C. : For the second-straight season, the Monmouth University baseball team earned an opening day victory, defeating Wright State, 10-2, in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at the USA Baseball Complex.
Trailing by a run in the fourth inning, senior Josh Boyd (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Central) and sophomore Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) combined to drive in four runs, all with two outs, giving MU a lead it held to win.
Junior starter Pat Light (Colts Neck, N.J./Christina Brothers Academy) hurled 7.0 innings, striking out six without allowing a walk en route to his first win of the season.
“We just went out and played our game today,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt following the victory. “Pat was masterful on the mound and it really gave us a boost with his performance. Our guys continued to battle and we put up four runs in the 5th thanks to good at-bats and a clutch double by Jake. We played very good defensively and I am pleased with the effort we showed against a good program in Wright State.”
Down one run in the fifth, senior Ed Martin (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan [Brookdale CC]) led off with a single and moved to second on Tim Bickford’s (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan)walk. After back-to-back strikeouts from Raiders’ starter, Joey Hoelzel, Boyd laced a single to center, scoring Martin to tie the game. Jamie Rosenkranz (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) worked a walk to set up Gronsky who hit to the gap in left-center field, clearing the bases to give MU a 4-1 lead.
MU’s Hawks never looked back.
Monmouth is back in action Feb. 18, for a doubleheader against Saint Joseph’s at 11:30 a.m. and a clash with Youngstown State at 3 p.m., both at the USA Baseball Complex.