Newark, NJ (5/6/10) – Senior rightfielder Scott Evangelist (Northfield, NJ / Holy Spirit) betled a home run and drove in two runs while Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) and Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack)
each added two RBI as sixth-seeded Montclair State eliminated No. 3
seed Rutgers-Newark in a slugfest, 13-10 at Bears and Eagles Riverfront
Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Red Hawks (21-16) are now 2-0 in the tournament and their victory now makes the conference tournament a four-team bracket when it continues on Saturday, May 8 at Rowan University. MSU will face No. 2 seed Kean at 8:00 am with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship round. The loser of the game will be forced to come back in an elimination contest at 4:00 pm.
But in a repeat of Tuesday’s 11-9 opening-round loss to The College of New Jersey, the bullpen could not hold onto a late lead. Freshman reliever Matt Larangera had two outs with two men on due to an infield error and a walk before Boggi and pinch hitter Michael Ercolano (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) came up with back-to-back doubles as the Red Hawks took the lead. A single to rightfield by Himmelfarb made it 11-9, Red Hawks.
A two-run home run over the leftfield wall by sophomore catcher Anthony Palladino capped a six-run first inning for the Raiders which answered a two-run start by the Red Hawks. But a throwing error opened up the flood gates for four MSU runs in the top of the second to level the score. All four Red Hawk runs were unearned – including the rally-ending solo home run by Evangelist.
Senior leftfielderAnthony Yeswita’s second double of the game started a three-run rally in the fifth which staked the Raiders to a 9-7 edge. After a through-the-legs fielding error put senior third baseman Joe Furnaguera aboard and brought home Yeswita, junior shortstop Michael Cassese greeted senior reliever William Traverso with a two-run homer to left.
But the only Raider run after that was on a solo home run by Furnaguera to start the seventh inning when the Rutgers-Newark left the bases loaded to finish the frame. Closer Jack McDonough (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) coaxed a checked swing grounder back to the mound to kill the rally before earning a save by shutting out the Raiders on just one hit during the final two innings.