STANDISH, Maine – After five and a half scoreless innings a single run in the sixth followed by a combined four runs in the seventh and eighth would push the regionally ranked Monks of St. Joseph's College (ME) past baseball (8-6) by the final score of 5-0 Friday afternoon at Larry Mahaney Field.
The Monks (12-2), who are currently ranked second in New England according to the most recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll, were led by pitcher Joe Gruntkosky. Through eight innings of work, the righty struck out a season-high 10 batters and surrendered just five hits and one walk to earn his second win of the season.
Catcher Nic Lops recorded what was the game-winning run in the sixth and finished the day with two of the Monks six hits. His second hit, a double in the eighth, drove in the final run of the afternoon for St. Joseph's.
On the hill for the Beacons was righty Michael Boughton (New Britain, Conn.). The junior went seven complete innings and allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits. He also managed two strikeouts and did not allow a walk in what would be his first loss of the 2012 campaign.
At the plate Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.), Taylor Kapulka (Worcester, Mass.), Dominic Morbidelli (Oakland, Calif.), Mike Mattei (Spencer, Mass.), and Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) each recorded a hit for the Beacons. Moquette's hit marked his fifth in the last three games. On the base paths Morbidelli and Failla each recorded a stolen base.
Baseball returns to action on Sunday when they open up their Little East Conference schedule with a doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University. First pitch from the Mansfield Complex is scheduled for 1 p.m.