Glassboro, NJ (5/4/10) – With the bases loaded in the top of the 11th inning, center fielder Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) ripped a RBI single giving sixth seeded Montclair State University a 3-2 victory over the top seed Rowan University in the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship Tournament on Tuesday.
The game was tied, 2-2 after nine innings. Following a scoreless 10th inning, Red Hawks’ shortstop Jay Bionde (jr. Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock) led off the 11th with a single up the middle. Left fielder Mickey McGraw (so. Morristown, NJ/Morristown) reached base on an error and Bionde advanced to second. A sacrifice bunt by right fielder Scott Evangelist (sr. Northfield, NJ/Holy Spirit) moved the runners to second and third. Catcher Kevin Bond (so. Cedar Grove, NJ/Cedar Grove) was intentionally walked to load the bases. Boggi hit a line drive to left center field that was just out of the reach of Rowan shortstop Marc Magliaro (so. Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp.), scoring Bionde.
In other first round action on Tuesday, second seeded Kean University defeated the fifth seed Richard Stockton College, 8-7. The fourth seed The College of New Jersey topped the third seed Rutgers-Newark, 11-9.
The double elimination tournament continues with the second round on Thursday, May 6. Richard Stockton (19-18) is at Rowan (23-13-1) and Kean (29-10) hosts The College of New Jersey (21-17). Montclair State (20-16) plays at Rutgers-Newark (22-19). All three games begin at 3:30 p.m. The remainder of the tournament will be played at the highest remaining seed on Saturday-Sunday, May 8-9. The NJAC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Right-hander Jack McDonough (jr. Cranford, NJ/Cranford) earned the win on the mound. He (2-5) tossed two innings in relief, allowing just one hit. Profs’ righty John O’Hara (jr. Clayton, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) took the loss. He (1-2) threw 2.1 innings, surrendering one earned run on two hits.
Bionde finished the game with two hits (six at bats) and one run scored. Boggi posted one hit (six at bats), one RBI and one run scored. Designated hitter Michael Ercolano (jr. Vernon, NJ/Vernon Twp.) went one for two with one RBI. Pinch hitter Matthew Moreno (fr. Park Ridge, NJ/Park Ridge) had one hit and one RBI. Designated hitter/third baseman Adam Bergman (so. Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston) scored once.
For Rowan, center fielder Matt Citro (jr. Bloomsbury, NJ/Phillipsburg) was two for three with one RBI, one run scored and a triple. Third baseman Dave Lenig (sr. Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Mem.) produced one hit (three at bats), one run scored and a double. Catcher Nick Turano (so. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) registered one hit (four at bats) and one RBI. Right fielder Jordan Marsch (sr. Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.) added two hits in five trips to the plate.
The Profs went ahead, 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Citro had a leadoff single to left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. He advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Turano’s single to right center field. The Red Hawks tied the game (1-1) in the top of the second. With one out, Ercolano drove in Boggi with a single. In the bottom half, Citro’s triple to left center field brought Lenig home. In the top of the eighth, Moreno came in as a pinch hitter with one out and runners at first and second. He hit a single through the right side of the infield that plated Bergman.
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