Solid Pitching Carries Baseball to Second Straight Win

Box Score

LaGrange, GA (3/16/10) – Senior righthander Daniel Nodarse (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) tossed six strong innings while senior rightfielder Scott Evangelist (Northfield, NJ / Holy Spirit) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs at the plate as Montclair State posted its second straight victory, topping LaGrange, 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon.

Adam Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Red Hawks improved to 4-2 on the season, 2-1 on their Spring Break trip.

Nordase (1-0) allowed two first inning runs, then shut out the Panthers his last five innings. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out two. Kevin Miller (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) and Matthew Rago (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) shut out the Panthers on one hit over the last three innings.

Jacob Mauldin (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers. He allowed four earned runs in three innings. Mauldin surrendered five hits, walked two and struck out two.

The Panthers went up 2-0 in the first inning. With one out, Miles Lee walked and moved up on a wild pitch. Eric Heath followed with a base hit to left center, scoring Lee from second for the first run. Heath stole second and later scored on Craig Mobley's two-out single to make it 2-0.

The Red Hawks got a run back in the second inning to make it 2-1. Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) walked, stole second and took third on a wild pitch before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville).

MSU took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning to go up 4-2. Mickey McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) singled to open the inning, stole second and scored as Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack) singled into left center. Bond delivered the second run with a ground out and Bergman's single back through the middle plated Evangelist as Montclair took a three-run advantage.

The Red Hawks added three more runs in the fourth to close out the scoring. After loading the bases with two outs, Evangelist drove in two with a base hit and an error in the outfield allowed McGraw to score all the way from first base with the final run.

Himmelfarb had two hits for Montclair, which collected nine in the contest.

Montclair State continues its trip on Wednesday as the Red Hawks travel to Atlanta to face Emory University in a 3:00 pm contest.