One thing can be sure when two pitchers with ERAs under two take the mound; it will be a pitcher’s duel, or a 13-11 game.
It was Option A on Wednesday afternoon in the first of a home-and-home between No. 5 Monroe and top-ranked St. Joe’s in Metuchen, as the home team Falcons won 3-0 behind a combined three-hitter from senior Andrew Goldan and junior Jimmy Mulvaney, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.
The victorious Falcons scored once in the first and twice in the second, and it was all they wold need. Shortstop Josiah Brown worked out a one-out walk in the first, stole second, and came around to score on an RBI single by first-baseman Tyler DelVecchio.
In the second, Joe’s got consecutive singles from Jack Kern, Xavier Arana and Mark Gialluisi, and DelVecchio walked do bring on the second run of the game. Robbie Carvelli struck out, and Tyler DelVecchio got plunked to earn his second RBI the hard way, making it 3-0.
Goldan, working on a pitch count, worked the first three innings, allowing just four baserunners, on two walks, an infield hit, and on a double play try that ended up as a 6-4 fielder’s choice.
Mulvaney started the fourth and retired the first six Monroe hitters he face, allowing only two singles the rest of the way: one to lead off the sixth, and the other with two outs in the seventh.
Goldan got the win to improve to 2-0, while Mulvaney locked down the save, his first. Monroe sophomore Harrison Lollin pitched well enough to win against most other pitchers in the league – eight hits, three runs and four strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings, but took the loss, to fall to 1-2.
Click below for postgame interviews from St. Joe’s win over Monroe: