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first_imgThe Monmouth University baseball team collected 15 hits, highlighted by freshman Tim McEndy’s pinch-hit, threerun double in the eighth inning, en route to a 9-7 victory over Penn State on Monday afternoon at the Santaluces Complex in Lantana, Florida. The win improves Monmouth’s record to 2-5, while the Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference fall to 3-5 overall. Sophomore Kyle Breese (1-1) picked up the win for the Hawks, tossing 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on one hit and three total walks. The lefty also struck out four batters in relief of Monmouth starter Ryan Buch, who lasted 4.0 innings, surrendering five runs. Monmouth opened the scoring in the first inning, as Chris Collazo’s RBI single plated Andy Meyers for the 1-0 lead. Penn State answered with two runs in the bottom of the second and three more in the third frame, to grab a 5-1 lead. The Nittany Lions took the four-run advantage behind four hits, two walks and a wild pitch off Buch. TheHawks netted two runs in the fourth inning, as JohnDennis registered a sacrifice fly, plating Nick Pulsonetti, and Kyle Higgins’ RBI single broughtMike Casale home. Monmouth retook the lead, 6-5, with three more runs in the top of the fifth, when Pulsonetti delivered a two-run bases loaded double, and Matt McEndy’s bases loaded groundout plated a third score. Holding the 6-5 advantage in the eighth, Tim McEndy’s double pushed the Hawks’ edge to 9-5, scoring his brother Matt, who led off the frame with a single, Shawn Teters and Meyers. Monmouth returns to action on today, when theHawks take on FloridaAtlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.last_img

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