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Monday, April 09, 2007

MU baseball update from Chris Tobin

Team Notes: Monmouth is 14-10-1 after its 3-2 week, defeating Columbia at home and splitting the series at Mount.
After its win on Thursday at Mount St. Mary’s to open conference play, Monmouth is now 10-3 in league-openers under coach Ehehalt.
Junior Brad Brach tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts at Mount St. Mary’s, and now has 158 career strikeouts, four Ks behind No. 5 all-time (Glen Keeton, 162, 2000-2004). Brach now has 15 career wins, which ties him for seventh place in MU’s D-I history with Glen Keeton and Brian Gismonde. Mike Benfield (1998-2001) is the all-time leader with 20 wins.

Monmouth has played five three-game series so far this season, and has won four of them, taking two-of-three from UCF, Wofford, Vermont and Liberty. MU lost 2-of-3 at Navy, with the two losses coming with a 2-1 score.

Senior Kyle Messineo (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) is now 17-for-19 in stolen base attempts this season, giving him 46 swipes in his season-plus with the Hawks, which ranks him fourth in MU history, six behind Jon Lewis (2002-2005). Greg Landis (1998-2001) is the all-time leader in stolen bases with 90.Messineo, who ended last season with two triples, no home runs and 18 RBI, already has three triples, five homers and 23 RBI after 25 games in 2007. Messineo had no career home runs entering this season and has five round-trippers

Sophomore John Elia (Hillsdale, N.J./Pascack Valley) connected on his first career home run this weekend. The sophomore went 2-for-3 on the week and posted a 1.667 slugging percentage.
Senior Matt Coulson (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) earned two starts this week, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He worked 13.0 innings, allowing six hits and striking out nine.

In his first start in nearly a month, Coulson worked 7.0 innings to earn the win against Columbia, allowing one earned run with six strikeouts. The lefty worked 6.0 frames in a no-decision, allowing two hits, in a start on Saturday.

reshman Ryan Buch (Yardley, Pa./Conwell Egan) remained unbeaten, earning a no-decision on Friday, working 5.0 innings with four strikeouts.

Sophomore Brett Holland (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) collected his first career triple in MU’s loss to Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday.
Junior Andy Meyers (Stratford, N.J./Sterling) led the Hawks with a .471 average, collecting a team-best eight hits with two doubles and four RBI. Also drew four walks, registering a .609 on-base percentage.

Andy Meyers now has 105 RBI in the Blue and White. The all-time leader in RBI in MU history is Joe McCullough, who drove in 187 runs from 1995-1998.

Monmouth head coach Dean Ehehalt (358-370-2) in his 16th overall season reached the 350-win plateau against Wofford. Ehehalt is now 337-332-2 in his 14th season at Monmouth.
Monmouth returns to action on Tuesday, when they travel to Princeton.

My thoughts: Hard-to-swallow loss in the last game of the series at the Mount Saturday.


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