Baseball Falls to Kean, TCNJ; Red Hawks Knocked Out of NJAC Tournament

Kean Box Score / TCNJ Box Score

Glassboro, NJ (5/8/10) - The Montclair State baseball team was eliminated from the 2010 New Jersey Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Saturday as the Red Hawks fell to No. 2 seed Kean, 12-3 and No. 4 seed The College of New Jersey, 6-4 at Rowan University on Saturday afternoon.

Montclair, which entered the day 2-0 in the tournament fell to 21-18 on the season and must wait until Sunday, May 16 to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Red Hawks have three games remaining to try and bolster their season resume. MSU will host Salisbury University on Wednesday, May 12 at Yogi Berra Stadium (3:30 pm) before traveling to Ithaca College for a weekend set with the Bombers on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16.

In the early morning action, Kean right-hander Kevin Herget (fr. Park Ridge, NJ/Park Ridge) earned the win on the mound.  He (6-0) allowed three earned runs in seven innings.  Herget totaled nine strikeouts.  Righty Daniel Nodarse (sr. Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford) surrendered 10 earned runs in seven innings for the loss (1-2).

Catcher Eddie Jennings (so. Jackson, NJ/Jackson Mem.) paced the Cougars with three hits (three at bats), two runs scored, two RBIs and a home run.  Left fielder Dylan Laguna (so. Edison, NJ/Edison) went three for four with three runs scored, two RBIs and a homer.  Center fielder/left fielder Ryan Gibbons added two hits (five at bats), two runs scored, two RBIs and a home run.  Designated hitter Ken Gregory (jr. Pittstown, NJ/Immaculata) was one for two with three RBIs, two runs scored and a homer.  Second baseman Mike Moceri (sr. Yardville, NJ/Hamilton E.) produced two hits, a double and scored one run.  Right fielder Nick Nolan (jr. Linden, NJ/Roselle Catholic) had one hit, one RBI and one run scored.  Shortstop Steven Giambrone (so. Roebling, NJ/Florence Twp.) scored once.

For Montclair State, right fielder Scott Evangelist (sr. Northfield, NJ/Holy Spirit) compiled two hits (four at bats), three RBIs, one run scored and a solo homer.  Shortstop Jay Bionde (jr. Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock) chipped in with two hits (four at bats), a double and one run scored.  Center fielder Michael Boggi (jr. Towaco, NJ/Montville) recorded two hits (four at bats).  First baseman Jason Chesterman (fr. Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield) scored one run.

The Red Hawks went up 1-0 in the top of the first after Evangelist hit a solo shot to right field.  In the bottom half, Gibbons got on with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Gregory.  Laguna drove in Giambrone with a single to left field.  Jennings hit a solo home run to left center field in the second inning for a 3-1 lead. 

Montclair State tied the game (3-3) with two runs in the top of the third inning.  Chesterman got on base with a walk.  He moved to third on Bionde’s double down the right field line.  With the bases loaded, Evangelist ripped a single through the right side, plating Chesterman and Bionde.  Kean went ahead for good with five runs in the bottom of the third.  Nolan singled in Gregory for the first run.  Laguna came in on a ground out by third baseman Chris Carrano (jr. Lincoln Park, NJ/Boonton).  Jennings had a bunt single that brought Nolan home.  Gibbons followed with a two-run homer to right field.

Kean tacked on three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.  Moceri led of the fourth with a double.  Gregory knocked him in with a two run shot to right center field.  Laguna reached base on an error and came home on a double play with Carrano at bat.  In the sixth, Laguna hit a solo homer over the left field fence.

In the second game of the day, Lions’ right-hander Joe Marchitelli (jr. Jackson, NJ/Jackson Mem.) pitched a complete game for the win.  He (2-1) only allowed one earned run and struck out 15 hitters.  Righty Will Traverso (sr. Verona, NJ/Verona) took the loss for the Red Hawks.  He (2-2) threw one inning in relief and gave up one run.

TCNJ third baseman Nick Cifelli (fr. Ewing, NJ/Ewing) went four for four with two RBIs and a double.  Catcher Mike Galeotafiore (so. Brick, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) totaled one hit (five at bats), two RBIs and one run scored.  Shortstop Jason Zegarski (jr. Lawrenceville, NJ/Lawrence) was two for four with two runs scored.  Second baseman Scott Kelly (fr. West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro N.) added two hits (four at bats), one run scored and a double. 

Left fielder Chris Esperon (sr. Union, NJ/Union Catholic) and first baseman James Ruzich (so. Verona, NJ/Montclair Kimberly Academy) each scored once.  Designated hitter Ryan Anzelone (sr. Vernon, NJ/Vernon Twp.) and right fielder Michael Murphy (fr. Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) each drove in one run.

For Montclair State, left fielder Mickey McGraw (so. Morristown, NJ/Morristown) compiled two hits (four at bats), two runs scored, one RBI and a triple.  Evangelist and Boggi both produced one hit (four at bats) and one RBI.  First baseman Sam Politan (so. Livingston, NJ/Livingston) and third baseman Kevin Miller (so. Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield) scored one run apiece.

The Red Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  McGraw tripled down the right field line and he came in a ground out by Evangelist.  The Lions tied the game (1-1) in the second.  Galeotafiore reached base on an error and moved to second on a ground out.  Cifelli singled up the middle to put runners at the corners.  Galeotafiore crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Anzelone.

Montclair scored three runs in the third for a 4-1 advantage.  Politan walked and later scored on an error.  McGraw singled in Miller and Boggi’s single to left field knocked in McGraw.  In the bottom of the fifth, Kelly, Zegarski and Esperon all singled to load the bases with no outs.  Kelly came home on a ground out by Galeotafiore.  Cifelli ripped a double down the left field line plating Esperon and Zegarski.  TCNJ recorded one run in the seventh and eighth innings.  Ruzich went home on a ground out by Murphy in the seventh.  Galeotafiore’s single scored Zegarski in the eighth.