CARY, N.C.—Monmouth righthander Pat Light, ranked No. 53 on Baseball America's preseason Top 100 list of 2012 draft prospects, got his season off to a strong start Friday in a 10-2 Hawks victory against Wright State.
Light pitched seven innings, giving up a run in the second inning but cruising the rest of the way. He struck out six and walked none. Light's fastball touched 96 mph in the first inning and sat in the low 90s through the early frames, while settling into the 87-89 mph range in the later innings. His fastball had solid late life down in the zone, and after giving up a run-scoring double to Wright State's Zach Tanner and a hard single later in the innings, Light located his fastball well.
His slider and changeup both sat in the 79-81 mph range early, losing 3-4 mph as the game went on, but Light was effective locating both to his glove side. His command was good enough that he needed just 89 pitches to go seven innings.
Sophomore second baseman Jake Gronsky had three hits and four RBIs to pace the Hawks offense.
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