Monks Stop Skid, Trounce Eagles 14-0

WINTER HAVEN, FL - Saint Joseph's ended a three-game losing streak by overpowering St. Joseph's (NY) on Friday, 14-0. Monks right-hander Pat Moran '10 (Winterport, ME) tossed a gem, allowing just two hits and no walks while fanning nine in eight innings, to earn the win. The Monks rapped 15 hits in the offensive onslaught and were led by Ian Lee '11 (Hampden, ME), who went 3-3 with two runs and an RBI. Mike Burdin '10 (Gardiner, ME), Ben Grant-Roy '10 (Biddeford, ME) and Peter Allain '12 (Salem, NH) had two hits apiece for the Royal Blue.

St. Joe's led 9-0 after three innings, having scored three runs in each of the first three frames, and Moran did not allow a base runner until Mike Lanza '11 (Northport, NY) and Mark Cisek '10 (Sayville, NY) opened the third with back to back singles. The junior's stat line of eight innings, nine punch-outs and two hits allowed all qualify as career bests.

The Monks notched two hits and worked four walks in the first inning off St. Joseph's (NY) starter Ken Nizinski '11 (Levittown, NY) to post an early 3-0 lead. With one out, Burdin walked, Lee singled and Grant-Roy earned a base on balls to pack the bases. Third baseman Todd Keneborus '11 (Hollis Center, ME/Cheverus) kicked off the scoring with a sac fly to right to send home Burdin, and Eric LaBatte '11 (Rochester, NH) plated Lee with a double down the left field line. Right fielder Craig Woodbrey '10 (Gorham, ME) walked to load the bases for catcher Travis Adams '10 (Saco, ME), who collected the fourth base on balls of the inning to plate Grant-Roy and lift the Monks to a 3-0 advantage.

With one out, Burdin started the second inning by reaching on a misplayed ball by Eagles shortstop Jeff Coyle '10 (Mastic, NY) and advanced to third on a perfectly-executed run and hit play by Lee, who sent a sharp single through the right side of the infield vacated by the second sacker. Lee swiped second and Grant-Roy sent both SJC runners home with a double to deep right-center. Up next was Keneborus, who found a first-pitch fastball to his liking and drove it to left for a base knock, scoring Grant-Roy from second and giving Moran more support than he would require with St. Joe's firmly in the lead, 6-0, after two innings.

Moran escaped unscathed with some help from his infield in the top of the third inning. After Lanza and Cisek collected base hits to open the frame, Eagles catcher Mike Hernandez '09 (Lake Grove, NY) grounded to Keneborus at third, who fired the ball to second to start a 5-4-3 twin killing. The third out of the inning was recorded by Monks shortstop Dan Achorn '12 (Bow, NH) on a play that could be tabbed as the best of the day. St. Joseph's (NY) second baseman Mike Gerdes '10 (Wantagh, NY) hit a chopper up the middle, but the rangy Achorn found the ball with his mitt, turned glove side, and fired to Grant-Roy, who made a nice pick, to close out the inning.

After Adams worked a walk to start the inning, the Eagles staff called to the bullpen for righty Nick Monaco '12 (Medford, NY). The reliever didn't fare much better than his predecessor, as he proceeded to issue a pair of wild pitches as part of a sequence to walk Achorn and balked, sending Adams across the plate. Monaco went on to unleash two more wild pitches, the last of which allowing Achorn to score. Burdin singled up the middle with two out and Lee drove him home with a double to deep right-center to give the Monks a cushy 9-0 lead after three frames.

All was quiet until the seventh inning when the Eagles brought in Matt Timmons '09 (Miller Place, NY) to spell Monaco on the hill. Achorn greeted the righty reliever with a single through the left side and Wade Oliver '09 (Owls Head, ME) registered a base hit up the middle. Both players moved up a base when Michael Hebenstreit '09 (Centerville, MA) grounded out to Timmons and Achorn scored, making the score 7-0, Monks, on a passed ball.

With his single in the seventh, Oliver became the 11th player in program history to reach the 150-hit plateau.

Allain jumpstarted a four-run eighth for St. Joe's by lacing a double down the left field line and moved to third on a groundout to short by Steve Gorsun '09 (South Berwick, ME). In his first at bat of the season, Cameron Sprague '12 (Portland, ME/Deering) collected an RBI, scoring Allain by hitting a grounder to shortstop. Pinch hitter Pat Hamilton '12 (Plaistow, NH) blasted a triple off the wall in right, scoring catcher Jon Dahms '12 (Gorham, ME), who reached earlier on a miscue by Eagles first baseman Prateek Thaman '12 (Hauppauge, NY), and crossed the plate himself when Nick Lemieux '12 (Thomaston, ME) doubled to left to notch his first collegiate hit. Burdin followed with his first career triple, a deep fly just beyond the reach of right fielder Tim Caden '12 (Setauket, NY), to drive home Lemieux and cap the game scoring.

Tri-captain Andy Pooler '09 (Southwest Harbor, ME) worked a scoreless ninth and helped his cause by starting a 1-6-3 double play to close out the one-sided contest.

The Monks will close out their southern swing with a nine inning contest against SUNY-Cobleskill on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 9:15 AM.