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Baseball posts 6-4 record in Florida

March 16, 2018

The Fighting Scots baseball team headed south for spring break to kick off their 2018 season. The Scots played ten games in seven days, finishing with a 6-4 record.

Monmouth kicked off their season on March 3rd with a doubleheader against La Roche College. In both games, La Roche got off to hot starts and the Scots would try to put a rally together. It wasn’t enough in either game though as Monmouth lost their season-opening series 3-6, 4-6.

The next day, the Scots took on Dominican University in another doubleheader. Monmouth would lose their third straight game to begin the season but would rebound in game two.

Dominican jumped out to an early lead in game two, going up 3-1 after the first inning. They would add to their lead with two more runs in the fourth, but the Scots would bust out five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Monmouth held Dominican scoreless the final two innings to get their first victory of the season.

The win against Dominican sparked a winning streak for the Scots. On March 5th they defeated Kenyon College 12-7. Sophomore Mike Dato and freshman Max Garey combined for five RBI’s on the day while starting pitcher Ridge Greenman got his first win of the season.

Monmouth had a day off before playing Lebanon Valley College in a doubleheader. The Scots would shutout the Flying Dutchmen through six innings before giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Monmouth would still come away with the win in game one 4-2.

Lebanon Valley would come out hot in game two, scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Scots would rally though and narrowly get the victory 8-7 to win their fourth straight game.

Monmouth’s final doubleheader of the trip came against Elizabethtown College on March 8th. The Scots would fall in game one 3-7 but would get their revenge in game two as they won another close one 3-2.

The Scots final game of the trip would be against Bridgewater State University. Bridgewater State would jump out to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning. Monmouth would only allow two runs the rest of the game and thanks to a five-run outburst in the bottom of the eighth the Scots were able to end their Florida trip with a 10-7 victory.

The Fighting Scots will host Simpson College this Saturday at 3 PM.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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