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Saturday, May 26, 2007

MU coach Dean Ehehalt on MU baseball wins 2007 NECs

Of course this is already old news to many..and all the details s are on the MU and NEC web sites..

Sooo if you would like to comment on it, this would be the place....

I also talked with Dean late this afternoon and here is what he said...

Monmouth coach Dean Ehehalt praised the pitching which helped carry the Hawks throughout the season and in the NEC Tournament.

""Once again Brad Brach (who won the NEC Tournament opener Thursday) set the tone as he's done all season,'' said Ehehalt.

""Ryan Buch was solid (in winning Game Two Friday) and everybody else that pitched this weekend was solid.

""Matt Coulson really, really stepped up and pitched a big game,'' said Ehehalt of the former Brookdale Community College and Freehold Boro standout.

""I knew he could,''said Ehehalt. ""He pitched in junior college in big games and he had so much energy. It was a great way for us to start the last game of the tournament with him on the mound.''

I asked him if the team felt it had something to prove after its 2006 s late season swoon....

""No,'' said Ehehalt. ""It wasn't any factor at all. We didn't talk about last year. We talked last year about last year and moved on.

""This is a different group of kids. A much different team. A very goal oriented team and they bought into each other and had a great season.

""They put their stamp on one of the best teams to ever play here. The 36 wins (a new school r record) is quite a significant accomplishment when you consider the non-conference schedule we played.''

I asked Ehehalt if opening the season winning two of three games at Central Fla., something MU had never done before, was a tone setter.

""We really came together on tha trip as a team,'' said Ehehalt. ""We made a lot of errors on that trip and did alot of things that could have gotten us real frustrated.

""But we wound up getting out of there taking two of three and that was something I think our guys fed off of and I think gave us a lot of confidence for the rest of the year.''

I just checked the UCF web site because I was curious. They finished 27-32, 7-17 in Conf. USA and were just eliminated from their tournament. None the less a quality feather in MU's cap to take a series from a Florida Conf USA team on the road to open the season.

If I added it up right..give or take a game..MU went 16-11-1 in non-conf. games..split with Seton Hall and lost to Big East champion Rutgers.

Any one have any thoughts on the MU baseball season????

Certainly a big key to MU success was the 1-2 punch of Bad Brach and Ryan Buch each going 9-2 and were Nos. 2 and 3 in the NEC in ERA - Buch 2.17 ERA and Brach 2.72 ERA.

MU also led the NEC in batting (.306) and was No.2 in runs scored (376, one less than the Mount).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yahoo for Deano the Machino... I hope the boys get to go to the Austin Regional... It would be Hook'em Hawks vs. Hook'em Horns... Plus I think Assistant Coach Chuck Ristano be killer singing 'Rawhide' at one of Austin's many live music venues.

4:45 PM, May 27, 2007  

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