The original schedule had today slated for a doubleheader to make up Friday's rain out game but the first game lasted 16 minutes shy of five hours. No make up date has been announced for the second game. SU (8-1) has won eight in a row at home while the Red Hawks fall to 1-2.
Salisbury tied the game 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Freshmen Andrew Miller, Devon Quaglietta and senior Tyler Riley all reached base on free passes (two walks and a hit by pitch, respectively) to start the inning. Senior Brian Camper hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Miller to score to tie the game. The Sea Gulls had a golden opportunity to end the game as they had runners at the corners with one out but failed to push the game-winning run across as reliever Marty Cabalar (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippany Hills) induced an inning-ending ground ball.
The Sea Gulls loaded the bases again in the 13th as Crystal singled off Michael Vitale (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) down the left field line to score Mark Bostwick to end the game.
Montclair State (1-2) had led the entire game up until the bottom of the ninth and led by as much as five, 7-2, going into the bottom of the seventh. The Red Hawks knocked Salisbury starter Eric Willey out of the game in the sixth inning as they tagged him for three hits (a single and two doubles) and three runs in that inning. Lou Politan (Livingston, NJ / Livingston), Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) and junior Ed Kloepping (Pennsville, NJ / Pennsville) each had three hits in the game and drove in five of Montclair's seven runs.
Senior Justin Armiger (2-for-6) hit his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut into MSU's lead as SU now trailed by one, 7-6. Armiger's grand slam re-energized the Sea Gulls as they had been effectively shut down by the Red Hawks pitching staff to that point. Crystal who drove in the winning run was 3-for-6 on the afternoon with two runs scored.
Junior Jeff Feigl (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he threw the final six innings in relief for the Sea Gulls without yielding a run. He allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two.
Montclair State now has the week off before the Red Hawks head out West for the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational. MSU will face Wisconsin-LaCrosse in its first game on Friday, March 14 at 5:00 pm EDT. It will be the first of six games for the Red Hawks.