Wilkinson's Complete Game Gem Propels Baseball Over Monmouth

Wilkinson's Complete Game Gem Propels Baseball Over Monmouth

Blackburn College Sophomore Righthander Brady Wilkinson pitched a four-hit gem as the Beavers defeated Monmouth College 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in Monmouth.  Wilkinson allowed an unearned run in the first inning before shutting out the Scots the rest of the afternoon.

Blackburn trailed 1-0 in the sixth before J.P. Hobbs led off with a single, Brandon Smith bunted him over to second and Shane Lewis singled to tie the game.  It stayed 1-1 until the 9th inning when after an out, Lewis singled to right-center.  Tyler Durand then executed a perfect hit and run single to put runners on the corners with one out.  After a pitching change A.J. Gill singled in Lewis to make it 2-1 Blackburn.  Walter Jarvis then added a two out RBI single to extend the lead to 3-1.  Wilkinson closed it out in the 9th to improve to 1-1 on the season.

"Brady was outstanding, he commanded his curveball extremely well and had them out on their frontside all afternoon," said Blackburn Coach Mike Neal.  "Brady gave us a tremendous lift today as we had been struggling to play good baseball, he kept his defense on its toes all day," added Neal.

Blackburn played errorless baseball and improves to 4-13 on the season while Monmouth falls to 4-7.