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Baseball Gets Swept by Marist Despite Close Games

BBBaseball battled all weekend long despite coming up with the short end of the stick, getting swept in a three-game series at home against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Marist.

The series began with a double-header on Saturday as the Hawks sent sophomore Dan Klepchick to the mound for the first game where he went 6.2 innings allowing nine hits and five earned runs while striking out five.

The Blue and White were the first team to get on the scoreboard however thanks to a first inning run-scoring single by senior designated hitter Clay Koniencki who went 3-3 in the game with two RBIs and three walks.

The Red Foxes bounced back strong with four runs combined in the third, fourth, and fifth innings turning a one run deficit into a three run, 4-1 advantage.

Monmouth continued to claw back as their hottest bat all season long, junior catcher Zach Schild drove in their second run in the fifth on a single to right field.

The Hawks then rallied back to score three runs in the seventh to tie the game at five a piece. Junior right fielder JP Walsh led the charge with an RBI double to left field scoring one, and then both Schild and Koniencki followed him up by putting the ball in play to drive in crucial runs.

Nine innings were not enough to decide the series opener as it would take eleven innings thanks to stellar relief pitching from freshman Mason Miller and junior Regan Dombroski. Marist finally pushed the eventual game-winning run across in the top half of the eleventh resulting in a 6-5 final.

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Softball Wins Three of Four in Doubleheaders

SB 04.10.18Another week, another impressive performance by sophomore pitcher Alyssa Irons, and three more wins added to Softball’s record as the Hawks competed in two doubleheaders at home to Quinnipiac and away to Rider, respectively.

In game one against Quinnipiac, Irons pitched a complete game with only one hit. She was one strike away from this being her second no-hitter of the season as she went on to earn Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Pitcher of the Week honors for the fourth time this season.

With the help of Irons and some strong offense, Monmouth was able to shut out Quinnipiac 3-0.

The three runs scored by the Hawks all took place in the bottom of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The first run was a result of sophomore catcher Erika Coreth hitting a single to right center field, allowing sophomore outfielder Katie Harrington to cross home plate after hitting a triple of her own prior. Junior outfielder Amber Wozniak crossed home plate next to increase the Hawks’ score from 1-0 to 2-0. Junior infielder Deangie Jimenez hit a single up the left side of the field, advancing junior utilities Amanda Hopeck to second, junior first baseman Kayla Rosado to third, and Wozniak home.

The last and final run scored in the game took place in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rosado was able to score due to a fielding error made by Quinnipiac’s right fielder off of Hopeck’s hit.

In game two of the doubleheader, there was a bit more action from both teams. It ended up being a close 4-3 game, with Monmouth coming out victorious yet again. Quinnipiac took the lead after scoring three runs in the top of the second inning when up against sophomore pitcher Lilly Robles. However, these were the only runs the Bobcats would score all game.

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Women's Lacrosse Loses Five Game Winning Streak

W LAX 04.10.19Women’s Lacrosse was defeated by Siena, 13-11, on Saturday afternoon at Kessler Stadium, snapping their five-game winning streak and slipping to an overall record of 9-4 on the season and 3-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.

Monmouth got out to a 6-5 lead going into halftime but then gave up a total of eight goals in the second half.

 Siena scored three unanswered goals at the start of the second half to take an 8-6 lead but junior midfielder Rachel Mills then tallied two straight goals to even up the score with 18:23 remaining in the contest.

After trading goals up until the 11:29 mark, sophomore attacker Caroline Bleck netted her lone goal of the game to tie it up at 10-10.

The game was tied until 4:45 when Siena scored the go-ahead goal. They then followed that up with another to make the score 12-10 with only 2:45 remaining in the game.

Junior midfielder Chloe Novak scored with 37 seconds left on the clock to cut the deficit to one, but the Hawks were unable to regain possession of the ball and ultimately gave up the final goal of the game with one second remaining resulting in their defeat.

Saturday’s contest marked the first time Siena beat Monmouth in history as the Blue and White were 7-0 all-time against the Saints going into the game.

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Men's Tennis Enjoys Tenth-Straight Victory

M Tennis 04.10.19Men’s Tennis extended their winning streak to ten with two 7-0 sweeps of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents Fairfield and Siena, respectively, on the road last weekend as they move to 3-0 in conference play.

“The important thing is to always keep up the same intensity during every match,” said senior Nicola Pipoli. “I always tell the guys, ‘if you have to give the opponent 6-0 6-0, you do it.’ Never bring your level down to your opponent’s level.”

The squad began their winning weekend on Saturday at noon where they defeated Fairfield without losing a single individual matchup.

In singles, senior Srdjan Jakovljevic began with two 6-4 wins.

Pipoli won his singles matches, 6-2 and 6-4 before junior Max Benaim swept his opponent with two 6-0 wins.

Sophomore Will Cooke Wharton defeated his opponent 6-3 and 7-6, and junior Sergio Martinez was victorious 6-2 and 6-0.

Senior Alberto Giuffrida finished up singles with 6-1 and 6-2 victories.

In doubles, Pipoli and Cooke Wharton combined to win their matchup 6-4 while Benaim and Martinez won theirs in a clean sweep of 6-0.

Jakovljevic and Giuffrida closed out the match with a 7-5 win.

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Upcoming Games 04-03-19

Wednesday, April 3

Softball vs Delaware
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

Baseball vs Princeton
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

M/W Track & Field
Colonial Relays
Williamsburg, VA TBA

Friday, April 5

M/W Track & Field
Sam Howell Invitational
Princeton, NJ TBA

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Men's Tennis Improves to 10-1 with Weekend Wins

M Tennis 04.03.19Men’s Tennis dominated last weekend, winning two matches on Saturday and one on Sunday in Little Silver, NJ, sweeping two of their opponents and extending their winning streak to eight matches.

“The season is looking good so far,” said junior Max Benaim. “We are 10-1, which gives us a lot of confidence going into conference tournament. We’re just going to keep training hard and do what we’re doing. The goal is definitely to win the conference again and then go further.”

Monmouth’s first match of the weekend was at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday against Saint Joseph’s, where they won 7-0. The Hawks were victorious in all six single matches, beginning with senior Srdjan Jakovljevic’s 6-4 and then 7-5 win.

Senior Nicola Pipoli won his match, 6-2 and 6-3 before Benaim won his by a combined score of 12-1. Senior Alberto Giuffrida defeated his opponent 6-4 and 6-2 while junior Sergio Martinez got his win in the form of 6-4 and 7-6 score lines. Freshman Austin Klapman finished out the singles portion with 6-0 and 6-3 wins.

In doubles, Pipoli and sophomore Will Cooke Wharton won their match 6-1 and Benaim and Martinez won theirs 6-2. Freshman Sacha Pachnev and sophomore David Weltz won by a score of 6-1.

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Baseball Dominates Saint Peter's in Conference Opener

Baseball 04.03.19Baseball opened up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play in spectacular fashion, taking two of three against Saint Peter’s while outscoring them 45-8 in the series on the road at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field.

The Hawks opened the floodgates right off the bat in Saturday’s double header with fifth year left fielder JD Andreessen clobbering a two-run homerun to left in the top half of the first to open the day’s scoring. This was the first of three homers on the day for him, as Andreessen also went yard in the top half of the ninth on a solo shot. He was later named MAAC Player of the Week for his performances.

The Blue and White tacked on two more runs in the first when freshman first baseman Robbie Holmes doubled to right field, driving in two runs to stretch the early lead to 4-0.

Senior designated hitter Clay Koniencki kept the lineup rolling in the third when he launched his first homerun of the season over the left field fence.

After Saint Peter’s pushed one across in the bottom half of the third, sophomore pitcher Dan Klepchick and the MU bats made sure that they would not get any closer with pure domination the rest of the way.

The Hawks would go on to score 22 consecutive runs in the following six innings to reach a final score of 27-1 in the first half of the double header.

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Women's Lacrosse Extends Win Streak to Five

W LAX 04.03.19Women’s Lacrosse earned two more wins in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play this past week, defeating Iona 13-8 on Wednesday in New Rochelle, NY, and then beating Marist 15-12 on Saturday at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

In the Hawks’ game against Iona, Monmouth started off strong by taking a 3-1 lead within the first ten minutes of the game thanks to goals from junior attackers Allison Turturro and Nicole Ceraso.

After trading goals back and forth, the game was locked at 5-5 with 7:52 left in the first half. Two unanswered goals were then scored by Turturro and sophomore attacker Caroline Bleck, giving the Blue and White a 7-5 lead. By the end of the half, the Hawks were still out in front 7-6.

Monmouth started the second half on an offensive tear scoring five unanswered goals in a span of just over three minutes to take a 12-6 lead. Scoring for the Blue and White in this stretch was Ceraso, freshman attacker Hope Steuerwald, and junior midfielder Sarah Gillogly. Iona then chipped away at the lead, but Ceraso netted her third goal of the game with just 51 seconds remaining which ended any speculation of a possible comeback for the Gaels.

Turturro finished the game with five goals, matching her career high that she set last season against Brown.

“I feel like as a unit everyone stepped up, cuts were open,” said Turturro. “When we go fast and play hard everything works out well. Film this week was really good because we saw some opportunities we could exploit.”

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Softball Sweeps Weekend Behind Perfect Game

Softball 04.03.19Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Irons threw the first perfect game for Softball since 2006 in game one of the program’s home double header with Niagara on Friday, where they won both games before sweeping Canisius in a double header on Saturday.

The performance was impressive enough to earn Irons Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Pitcher of the Week honors.

In the first game Monmouth swept Niagara with a 6-0 shutout. Irons pitched all seven innings without allowing a single run, walk, or hit.

“Today was an awesome way to start conference play,” said Head Coach Shannon Salsburg. “Obviously in game one, Alyssa set the tone. To throw a perfect game was awesome, and she did a great job of attacking the hitters all day. Our defense made the routine plays.”

Monmouth wasted no time getting into the groove of things in game one with freshman infielder and outfielder Lindsey Baron bombing a triple to left field. Junior infielder Sam Tomasetti was up to bat next and hit a single, allowing Baron to score and getting Monmouth on the board early. They scored again in the bottom of the third inning with junior first baseman Kayla Rosado hitting an RBI single to left field, scoring Baron to make it 2-0.

The energy picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning, where Monmouth scored four runs to solidify their 6-0 win in game one. Junior infielder Deangie Jimenez hit a single to left field which resulted in two runs, scoring junior utility Amanda Hopeck and sophomore outfielder Katie Harrington. Then, Rosado hit a single to right field, batting in Jimenez and Irons for two more RBIs.

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Upcoming Games 03-27-19

Wednesday, March 27

Women's Tennis vs LaSalle
West Long Branch, NJ 3:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse at Iona
New Rochelle, NJ 3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 29

Men's Golf at Trump Gold Course
Colts Neck, NJ 10:00 a.m.

M/W Track & Field
23rd Annual Monmouth Opener
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

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Baseball Goes 1-2 in Home-Opening Weekend

Baseball 03.27.19Baseball opened up their home schedule in West Long Branch this past weekend, splitting a two-game series with Wagner before losing the second half of Sunday’s double-header to Seton Hall.

The home opener was over from the beginning, as sophomore pitcher Dan Klepchick got the start on the mound and could not miss the Wagner bats getting charged for 12 runs, 11 of which were earned, on 13 hits in 4.2 innings of work.

The scoring got going in the second inning when the Seahawks climbed to a 5-0 lead on five hits and an error from the Monmouth defense. They expanded upon their lead with three more runs in the third inning thanks to a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Junior catcher Zach Schild got the Hawks their first run at home this season in the bottom of the inning with an opposite field double to score one.

After Wagner tacked on another four runs thanks to a triple and double in the top half of the fifth, the Blue and White were able to cross home for their only other runs of the game, scoring three in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a trio of run-scoring walks.

“Early in the game we couldn’t do anything to stop the bleeding,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. “They went up big early and we couldn’t make a play to keep the score down and then we had to fight back and were unable to do that.”

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