Ithaca, NY (5/11/08) –Sophomore outfielder T.J. Abone (Rome Free Academy/Rome)
scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to cap Ithaca’s rally
from a 4-1 deficit as the Bombers (29-11) finished their regular season
with a 5-4 win over Montclair State (26-18) Sunday at Freeman Field.
Senior Lou Politan (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) and junior Ed Kloepping (Pennsville, NJ / Pennsville) each
belted home runs for Montclair, which was trying to bolster its case
for an at-large bid for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
who led off the ninth with a single up the middle, moved to second on a
sacrifice bunt and stole third on ball four of a walk to junior
outfielder Matt Samela (Staples/Westport, Conn.), slid home with the
winning run on a ground ball by freshman third baseman David Ahonen
(Victor/Farmington). Politan fielded Ahonen’s chopper and threw to
second to try to catch Samela in a rundown, but Abone beat the Andrew Himmelfarb's (Nyack, NY / Nyack)
throw to the plate.
two-out two-run double highlighted a three-run sixth as the Bombers
tied the game 4-4. Junior catcher Drew Ash (Morris Knolls/Denville,
N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly and Abone doubled home senior shortstop Josh
Smith (Pulaski/Richland) and senior outfielder Rob Raux
scored Ithaca’s first run, coming home on a groundout by Ash in the
second. Smith finished with three hits. Abone, Raux and senior first
baseman Eric Ferguson (Columbia/Brainard) had two apiece.
Montclair State took a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo).
After the Bombers tied the game in the second Himmelfarb scored from
third base in the third to pu Montclair back on top. Politan made it s
3-1 game in the fifth as he connected on his second home run of the
year and Kloepping blasted his team-leading eighth the following inning
to make the score, 4-1.
Bryan Gardner (Fairport/Fairport), the fourth Bomber pitcher, earned
the win by retiring the last two batters in the eighth. Junior Adam
Brown (Greece Athena/Rochester) pitched 2.1 innings of hitless relief
to keep the Bombers in the game, striking out two and allowing only two
baserunners (one on an error and one on a dropped third strike). Junior
lefthander Michael Vitale (Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) suffered the loss as
he fell to 4-3 going the final 2.1 innings allowing the winning run.