Lou Politan (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) had two hits for MSU, which had defeated Eastern Connecticut twice already this season, including an 8-7 win in the opening game of the regional tournament on Wednesday. Politan had a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth innings to give Montclair the victory.
Five Warriors recorded multiple-hit efforts as Eastern Connecticut scored
six second-inning runs and junior James Kukucka allowed four hits and
fanned eight over eight shutout innings.
Freshman right fielder Jim Schult led the Warriors with three hits and
Senior left fielder Jon Dalton, senior center fielder Ismael Bolorin and
junior catcher Andrew Magliola drove in two runs apiece.
Dalton, Bolorin first baseman junior Tristan Hobbes and sophomore third baseman Melvin Castillo all had two hits. Andrew Smiley pinch-hit a home run for the Warriors.