A Near No-Hitter, Monmouth Takes Game Three From No. 17 ECU, 4-0

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Ricky Dennis tossed eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts leading Monmouth to a 4-0 win over No. 17 East Carolina Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win, the Hawks snap a seven-game losing streak in the series and improve to 7-11 on the season, while the Pirates fall to 13-7.

Dennis (2-2) had a perfect game going through 6.1 innings until he hit Charlie Yorgen on an 0-1 offering in the seventh. He continued his outing with a no-hitter until Kirk Morgan’s pinch-hit single through the right side in the eighth frame. But good fortune was on his side as he got Garrett Brooks to line into a 3-6 triple play to end the stanza and keep the shutout intact. Justin Andrews worked a perfect ninth inning retiring all three batters he faced on 12 pitches.

Davis Kirkpatrick (0-1) suffered the loss allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout in three innings. Jimmy Boyd, who made his first relief appearance of the season in Saturday’s game, worked 4.1 innings Sunday out of the bullpen, surrendering two runs (both earned) on five hits with four strikeouts. Joe Ingle tossed the final 1.2 frames giving up a hit and striking out one.

Ryan Bailey led Monmouth’s nine-hit attack going 2-for-4 with an RBI. In all eight Hawks notched at least one hit – seven coming from the starting nine. Chris Gaetano, Pete Papcun and Justin Trochiano each joined Bailey with RBI in the contest.

ECU managed to get just three runners on base and was limited to one hit, its lowest out put since April of 2012 at Rice.How It Happened:

For the second time in the series, Monmouth scored in the first inning taking a 1-0 lead. Grant Lamberton walked to start the contest and took second on Shaine Hughes ground out to second base. Two batters later, Lamberton scored from second on Gaetano’s double down the right field line.

The Hawks extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Hughes and Papcun laced consecutive one out doubles. Hughes sent a shot to right center and came around on Papcun’s extra base hit down the left field line.

Trochiano pushed Monmouth’s lead to three, 3-0, when he belted his first home run of the season off Boyd in the fourth inning sending a two-out shot over the left field wall.

Monmouth capped the scoring with another run in the eighth, this time from Bailey, making it a 4-0 game. Papcun was hit by a pitch and was immediately lifted for Ryan Byrd as a pinch runner. Cary Jacobson singled with one out through the left side putting runners on the corners for Bailey, who singled down the left field line knocking in Byrd.Game Notes:

Monmouth turned the first triple play in Clark-LeClair Stadium history in the eighth inning … Travis Watkins saw his nine game hit streak come to an end … Yorgen extended his on base streak pushing it to 13 games when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh frame … ECU has lost four of its last six games dating back to Mar. 12 at Rice (L, 7-2).Up Next:

ECU will be back in action on Tuesday, Mar. 22 when it travels to Duke for a midweek in-state matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET) at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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