There’s only one way to accurately describe the performance of Monmouth’s ace during his first two NEC starts of the season – LIGHTS OUT!
Pat Light struck out 13 batters and allowed no runs over the final eight innings of the Hawks’ NEC opener against Garden State rival FDU last Friday, March 16.
Although there wasn’t a tremendous amount of room for improvement, Light’s second start was even better.
The 6-foot-6 Colts Neck, NJ product sat down the first 21 men he faced in Monmouth’s series opener against Wagner.
He fanned Wagner’s Eddie Brown to end the seventh for his ninth K of the day.
Only six outs away from a perfect game, Light took the ball in the eighth with Wagner catcher Hayden Hunter leading off.
The Seahawks’ cleanup hitter, who had been retired via groundout and flyout in each of his first two at-bats, worked the count to 1-1 before sending a single back up the middle.
Although he spoiled Light’s bid at history, Hayden did not shake the tall right-hander. Light bounced back by getting ahead of the ensuing batter, Tommy Higgins, on a 1-2 count and inducing a 4-6-3 double play ball.
Light surrendered a two-out single to Jayson Keel, but that was it. A Nick Dini groundout ended the eighth and Light retired the side in order during the ninth to lock up his second straight complete-game victory.
Wagner would take the second half of Friday’s double dip, a seven-inning affair, but the story of the day in NEC baseball was clearly the power arm of a young Pat Light.
Here’s the Box Score from the Lights-Out Pitching Performance…
Here’s Pat Light following his win over FDU on Mar. 16…
Gavin Nevill talks baseball with FDU skipper Gary Puccio…
– Mar. 24, 2012 –