Baseball Beats Rowan to Move Into NJAC Championship Round

Newark, NJ (5/4/08) Senior righthander Tim Stringer (Annandale, NJ / North Hunterdon) pitched a complete game as Montclair State posted its second straight win and moved into the championship round of the NJAC Baseball Tournament with a 7-2 win over Rowan on Sunday evening.

Stringer pitched his first complete game of the season for the Red Hawks as he scattered seven hits and struck out nine batters. Right hander Anthony Cavalier (fr. Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) took the loss (3-1) on the mound for the Profs.

Montclair State was led by designated hitter Rob Bowness (gr. Sparta, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) with three hits (five at bats, a double and two runs scored. Left fielder Ed Kloepping (jr. Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville) went two for five with a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Second baseman Andrew Himmelfarb (so. Nyack, NY/Nyack) was one for three with two RBIs and one run scored. Center fielder Michael Nunes (sr. Hazlet, NJ/ Raritan) added two hits (five at bats) and two RBIs.

For Rowan, right fielder John McMullin (jr. Woodbury, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) recorded two hits (two at bats) and one RBI. Third baseman Tom Ready (jr. Blenheim, NJ/Triton Reg.) went two for four. Second baseman Joe Franceschini (sr. Toms River, NJ/Toms River E.) drove in one run, while third baseman Paul Urbanovich (sr. Rutherford, NJ/ St. Peter’s Prep) scored once.

Montclair State scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Nunes hit a two run single, bringing in third baseman Stephen Piscitello (jr. Hauppauge, NY/Hauppauge) and Himmelfarb. Catcher Jeff Miller’s (sr. Wyckoff, NJ/Ramapo) sacrifice fly plated shortstop Kevin Cuozzi (sr. Langhorne, PA/Neshaminy).

Rowan cut the deficit to two (3-1) with one run in the top of the sixth. McMullin singled up the middle, plating Urbanovich. The Red Hawks added three runs in the seventh. Kloepping had a RBI single and Himmelfarb singled in Bowness and Kloepping.

In the eighth, Kloepping doubled to right center field and Bowness came home. The Profs got one run in the top of the ninth when Franceschini drove in pinch hitter Tom Reindel (jr. Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) with a single.