Senior first baseman Lou Politan ( Livingston, NJ / Livingston) and freshman Jay Bionde ( Pompton Plains, NJ / Pequannock) each had two hits and drove in a run as the Red Hawks moved to 11-9 on the season.
Junior first baseman Zac Hess ( Harleysville, PA / LaSalle College) belted a solo home run for the Bulldogs, who fell to 12-13 with their second straight loss and fourth in the last five games.
Scoreless through the first three innings, the Red Hawks broke on top in the fourth with three runs. Politan led off with a single up the middle and Kloepping lined a double down the left field line. After and out and intentional walk loaded the bases, Himmelfarb lofted a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run. Rob Clark (Livingston, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead and Bionde lined a base hit to center scoring Rob Bowness (Sparta, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) for the three-run MSU lead.
DeSales would cut that lead to 3-2 in the sixth as the Bulldogs loaded the bases on base hits by Greg Treat (Concord, NH/Concord) and Andrew Heard ( Alexandria, VA/Hayfield) around a walk to Doc Neiman (Center Valley, PA / Southern Lehigh). After a strikeout, Mike Bianca ( Ellicott City, MD/ Mt. St. Joseph) grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home Treat and Neiman scored as the throw skipped past first base.
MSU would get the run back in the bottom of the inning as Himmelfarb launched his second home run in the last three games over the left field fence giving the Red Hawks a 4-2 advantage. Montclair would tack on three runs in the seventh as Politan drove in a run with a single and Kloepping tripled home another before Steve Piscitello’s ( Hauppague, NY / Hauppague) sacrifice fly accounted for the final Montclair run.
Hess provided the last run of the game as he launched his first round-tripper of the year that cleared the left-centerfield fence.
Senior righthander D.J. Cunningham ( Hanover Park, NJ / Florham Park) picked up the victory as he went the first four innings in his pre-determined start. Cunningham (3-2) retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced, striking out one. Righthander Mark Reilly ( Cream Ridge, NJ / Notre Dame) suffered the loss. Reilly went four innings giving up five hits and three runs, striking out two and walking one.Montclair State returns to action on Thursday, April 10 as the Red Hawks travel to Kean University for a second meeting with the Cougars this season. MSU, which posted an 8-1 win on March 27, will face the defending national champions at 3:30 at Jim Hynes Field in Union.