Baseball Falls to DeSales in Ninth-Inning Walk-Off Homer

Center Valley, PA (March 31, 2009) – Senior Zac Hess (Harleysville, PA/LaSalle) hit a three-run walk-off home run and junior Derek Moyer (Harleysville, PA/Souderton) had five hits and four RBI’s leading the DeSales University baseball team past Montclair State University, 10-9, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs have now won three straight and improve to 12-8 overall, while the Red Hawks fall to 7-9 overall. Second baseman Kevin Miller (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) and Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) each drove in three runs

Hess’ homer was his second of the season, clearing the right-center field fence plating senior Nick Repas (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air) and freshman Jack Kavetski (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth Whitemarsh) who had pinch-run for Moyer after he recorded his fifth hit of the game with one out.

Sophomore Travis Hughes (Levittown, PA/Conwell-Egan Catholic) earned his second win of the season, pitching one scoreless inning, striking out two. Senior James Niesuchouski (Chester, VT/St. Dominic) and sophomore Alex Brown (Nazareth, PA/Notre Dame) combined with Hughes to blank the Red Hawks over the final 3.1 innings allowing just three hits in that time.

The Red Hawks got on the board 2-0 in the top of the first as Boggi lined a double down the left field line scoring Ed Kloepping (Pennsville, NJ / Pennsville) and Scott Evangelist (Northfield, NJ / Holy Spirit).

DSU responded with two runs in its half and opened a 6-3 lead after three innings scoring three more in the second, and a solo run in the third. Moyer plated the first two runs in the opening inning with a base hit, Repas knocked in one run in the second, junior Andrew Feher (Riegelsville, PA/Palisades) scored on a wild pitch and Moyer drove in another run to finish off the three-run second and the Bulldogs took advantage of an MSU error in the third to push across one tally.

Montclair would come back with five runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-6 advantage. Kloepping scored on a wild pitch for the first run and Miller crushed a three-run homer to make the score 8-6. Evangelist added the final run with an RBI double.

Moyer made it a 9-7 game with a solo homer, his fourth of the year to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when Repas singled, moved to second on a ground out, and advanced to third on Moyer’s fifth hit of the game. Hess came to the plate and blasted a pitched high into the air and over the right-center field fence ending the game in walk-off fashion.

Sophomore Lou Cautero (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) took the loss (0-1). Righthander Kevin Wieme (Bayville, NJ / Paramus) tossed 4.2 innings of relief allowing an unearned run. Wieme struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Montclair returns to action on Wednesday, April 1 with a home contest against John Jay College at Yogi Berra Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 pm.