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Monday, March 19, 2007

MU baseball off to best start since'92, Higgens is POW, 35Oth for Dean

This and other MU baseball news from the NEC web site...

Monmouth (6-5-1, 0-0 NEC)
Monmouth inched above .500 for the season after taking two-of-three at Wofford over the weekend. The Hawks blasted the Terriers - who are off to a 17-6 start - in the opener of a twinbill on Saturday, 19-3, but dropped the nightcap, 10-3. Monmouth took Sunday’s rubber game, 11-8...

This is the fastest Monmouth has reached six wins to open a season since 1992, when the Hawks went 7-5 en-route to a 24-14 mark under coach Walter Woods..

.The win on Sunday was the 350th career victory for head coach Dean Ehehalt, now in his 14th year at Monmouth and 16th as a head coach..

.Junior shortstop Kyle Higgins (Green Brook, NJ/Watchung Hills), who was tabbed Akadema/NEC Player of the Week for the second time this season, led the Hawks with a .667 average, going 8-12 with three doubles, a homer, five runs and seven RBI. He went a perfect 5-5, including a home run and a double, with five RBI and four runs scored in the Hawks’ win on Saturday. Higgins also went 3-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBI on Sunday. His slugging percentage for the series was an astounding 1.167...Higgins ranks first on the club this season with a .491 average, .679 slugging percentage, five doubles and 14 runs.

..Freshman Ryan Buch (Yardley, PA/Conwell Egan Catholic) moved to 2-0 on the season, scattering four hits, while allowing three runs and fanning six in 6.0 innings in the 19-3 victory. He has struck out a team-high 18 in 13.1 innings of work on the year as opposing batters are hitting just .170 against the righthander...

Freshman Matt Frazier (Whippany, NJ/Whippany Park) earned his first career win by tossing 5.1 innings of relief in Sunday’s 11-8 triumph. He permitted two runs on four hits.. Note - Frazier is a cousin of the Toms River South Fraziers.

Junior Brad Brach (Freehold, NJ/Freehold Township) now has 136 career strikeouts, 12 behind Brian Gismonde (1998-01), who is seventh on the school’s all-time list..

.Sophomore infielder Mike Casale (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) connected on his first collegiate home run on Sunday, going back-to-back with junior first baseman Andy Meyers (Stratford, NH/Sterling), who hit his second of the year and 12th of his career...Meyers now has 91 RBI for the Blue & White.

...Senior outfielder Kyle Messineo (Cedar Grove, NJ/Cedar Grove) is 11-12 in stolen base attempts this season, giving him 40 swipes in his season-plus with the Hawks, which ranks him seventh in Monmouth history. Greg Landis (1998-01) is the all-time leader in stolen bases with 90..

Messineo went 5-9 with a 1.111 slugging percentage last week. He is second on the Hawks with a .429 average on the year.

..Monmouth hit .366 in the three games and is batting .314 this season...The Hawks open their home slate with five games this week, hosting Iona on Wednesday, St. Peter’s on Thursday and Vermont for three over the weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Augie Garrido at the University of Texas just got win No. 1600... Coach Ehehalt is right on his heels.

7:13 PM, March 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I'm on the count down already!

10:46 PM, March 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you demean coach Ehehalt's accomplishments? Garrido is about 30 years older than Ehehalt. Coach is doing a great job.

12:18 PM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Get serious.

I was NOT demeaning Dean's really think I would do that?

I WAS poking a little fun at the poster.

1:14 PM, March 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the Coach Garrido poster... I love Deano the Machino... I also think he is doing a great job... I also think that if the posters here held him to the same standard they hold Coach Calloway to, they would have run him out of town three or four years ago.

Hook'em Hawks.

1:36 PM, March 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run Dean out of town? Last year was the first year in 8 that they didn't make the NEC tourney. And in baseball, only 4 teams make it. Not 8 like basketball. Even with that, the team started out 12-0 in the conference and had about 3 tough weeks at the end of the season. You would be insane to run him out of town.

2:10 PM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

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2:10 PM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

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2:11 PM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

really like Dean's philosophies..pitching, pitching and more pitching, and left-handed pitching.

I've got to check with him about Marc-Aurele. If he comes back effective the staff, already looking impressive, would be even deeper.

Higgens is off to a helluva start.

Taking two of three from UCF and Wofford bodes well.

We (the Press) hope to send a photographer to a game this week.

I had to delete two of my own posts as I kept booting the spelling of Marc-Aurele!

2:14 PM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The poster was NOT suggesting that, far as I can see.

2:27 PM, March 20, 2007  

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