Baseball Splits Twinbill at Piedmont College

Demorest, GA (3/7/09) – Senior righthander Michael Streaman (Westfield, NJ / Westfield) pitched six strong innings in the first game while Richard McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) drove in three runs in the second contest as Montclair State split a pair of games at Piedmont on Saturday. The Red Hawks (1-2) downed Mount Aloysius College 6-2 before falling to host Piedmont College for the second straight day, 14-6.

Streaman went 6.1 innings allowing two runs and three hits, striking out three and walking one in picking up his first victory of the season. Freshman righthander Scott Shan (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief before junior righty Peter Vilardi (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) tossed a shutout ninth inning.

The Red Hawks would get on the board in the top of the first as Jay Bionde ( Pompton Plains, NJ / Pequannock) led off the game with a double and scored as Scott Evangelist ( Northfield, NJ / Holy Spirit) collected an RBI ground out.

MSU would add three more in the third. Bionde drew a one-out walk and scored as Kevin Bond ( Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) lined a triple. Bond would score on a wild pitch and senior first baseman Jason Lopez ( West New York, NJ / Memorial) added an RBI single as Montclair went up 4-0.

Senior leftfielder Ed Kloepping ( Pennsville, NJ / Pennsville) extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth with an RBI single, however Mount Aloysius battled back with two in the seventh to trim the MSU lead to 5-2. But Shan got MSU out of trouble and the Red Hawks would tack on a run in the ninth as Sean Galligan (Sparta, NJ / Lenape Valley) singled home junior Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack), who reached on a pinch-hit double.

Bionde and Joseph Zembryski ( Rutherford, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) had two hits apiece for MSU.

For the second straight day, host Piedmont used a big first inning scoring five times. The Lions would eventually go up 9-0 before Montclair would get on the scoreboard in the fourth. Mike Ercolano ( Vernon, NJ / Vernon) collected a one-out single and went to third on a base hit by Kloepping before scoring on a misplayed ground ball. Adam Bergman ( Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) drove in the second run with an RBI single.

Piedmont would counter with three runs in the bottom half of the inning with make the score 12-2. MSU got three runs in the seventh, two coming off the bat of McGraw, who singled with the bases loaded. Jonathan Trotter ( Flanders, NJ / Mount Olive) added a sacrifice fly in the inning. McGraw accounted for the final MSU run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

Bergman, Kloepping, Himmelfarb and Timothy Swift ( Tenafly, NJ / Tenafly) each had two hits for the Red Hawks.

Montclair State wraps up it Georgia trip on Sunday, March 8 as MSU takes on Greensboro College beginning at 1:00 pm.