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BASEBALL SPLITS A PAIR AT GEORGE WASHINGTON SUNDAY

(Steckline, Monmouth)

ARLINGTON, VA – Monmouth baseball split a doubleheader at George Washington Sunday, mounting  a comeback before falling late in the first game, 6-4, and winning the nightcap 7-3. Shaine Hughes (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) knocked a three-run home run in the second game and freshman Dan Klepchick (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South) struck out seven in Game Two.

MU jumped to an immediate 2-0 lead in the second game as Ryan Steckline (Newark, DE/Appoquinimink) doubled to score a pair. Steckline added his third RBI of the game on a ground out in the sixth to make it 3-1 after Colin Brophy homered to get the Colonials on the board. With two down in the seventh, Hughes gave the Blue and White some breathing room with a three-run home run to make it 6-1. A bases loaded walk would later make it 7-1 before GW scored a pair in the ninth to make it 7-3, the eventual final.

A bases loaded walk gave GW the early lead in the first game, but MU bounced back to tie in the sixth on Kyle Norman's (Ellicott City, MD/Good Counsel) RBI single. Mark Osis singled in the lead run for GW in the seventh before MU started a big ninth inning. A fielder's choice tied the game, and Matt Graber's (Newton, MA/Dexter) infield single gave Monmouth the lead. Justin Trochiano (Morganville, NJ/Marlboro) later followed with a run-scoring single to give MU a two-run lead. Isaiah Pasteur tripled home a run in the home ninth, however, and an RBI ground out tied the game before Osis hit a two-run home run to complete George Washington's game one comeback.

NOTES AND QUOTES
"It was a real nice bounce back win after a tough loss in the first game.  Klepchick was excellent today as was Ajjan.  Steckline had a nice two-strike at bat to score an important run in the middle of the game and then Shaine Hughes was able to stake us to the 6-1 lead that enabled us to have some breathing room." – Dean Ehehalt

-Shaine Hughes became the first Hawk with multiple home runs this season.
-Ryan Steckline has a hit in all five of his starts, and four of five have been multi-hit games.
-Steckline drove in three runs, the most of his early career and his second multi-RBI game.
-Steckline had multiple hits in each game.
-Hughes and Steckline drove in six of Monmouth's seven runs in the second game.
-Dan Klepchick became Monmouth's first pitcher with two wins this season.
-Klepchick's seven strikeouts are a season-high for an MU pitcher this season.
-MU tied a season high as a staff in the second game with 10 strikeouts.
-Kyle Norman has driven in a run in five games in a row.
-Danny Long took his first career loss in Game One.
-Austin Counsellor did not allow an earned run in four innings in the first game.
-Kyle Ajjan did not allow an earned run in three innings in the nightcap.
-Ajjan earned his first career save in the second game.
-Today marked Monmouth's first doubleheader of the season after weather postponed Friday's game.

NUMBERS CRUNCH
-Monmouth takes one of the three games on the weekend series.
-MU is now 3-6, while GW is 5-6 on the season.
-Monmouth outhit George Washington 12-7 in Game Two.
-Monmouth relief pitching allowed just two walks on the day.
-Seven Hawks had multi-hit games in the twinbill.

UP NEXT
-Monmouth opens a three-game weekend set at the University of Delaware on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.


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