March 28, 2004
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Monmouth University senior hurler Chris Della Rocco pitched well into the eighth inning, while his teammates took advantage of three Sacred Heart University errors, to lead the Hawks to a 5-1 win over the Pioneers in Northeast Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon.
Sacred Heart, 1-17 overall and 0-3 in the NEC, squandered a chance to score in the fourth inning when Greg Delmonico and Jamie Schilkowski reached on back-to-back singles to start the inning. Schilkowski took second on the throw on his hit, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Curtis Lewsey then hit a come-backer to the pitcher Chris Della Rocco, who got Delmonico hung up off third and he was eventually tagged out. Josh Enos walked to load the bases, but the Hawks got out of the inning when Anthony Diaz grounded into a double play to short.
Monmouth, 7-11-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, got a run in the top of the fift when Cipriano Apicelli led off with a double down the left field line. He went to third on a ground out to second and scored on a ground out to third by Fran Rotella.
The Hawks made it 2-0 in the sixth without the benefit of a hit. SHU pitcher Eric Bushor misplayed a bunt back to the mound by Apicelli with two outs and the bases loaded that allowed Brett Hardie to score. It was the second error of the inning for the Pioneers.
Monmouth scored two more in the seventh - again without a hit. Fran Rotella drew a walk to lead off the inning, signaling the end of the day for Bushor. Frank Pilitowski bunted and the throw to first hit him, putting runners on the corners. SHU reliever Bob McKee then hit Marc Weres to load the bases. The Hawks then executed consecutive successful squeeze bunts by Mike Kelly and Hardie to make the score 4-0.
After the Hawks made it 5-0 in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Apicelli, the Pioneers finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Dave Kaloyanides reached on an error to start the inning and went to third on a single by Jason Maiella. Della Rocco then hit Greg Delmonico to load the bases. It looked like he might get out of it when Schilkowski lined to second and Maiella was caught off second for a double play. Della Rocco went to 0-2 on the next batter, Lewsey, before he hit a ball up the middle to score Kaloyanides. Della Rocco was lifted in favor of Kevin Schneider, who got Enos to end the inning.