Bond, Martini Homer to Back Brown's Mound Start as Baseball Edged Piedmont, 4-3

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Demorest, GA (3/6/11) – Sophomore righthander Zach Brown (New Vernon, NJ / Morristown) pitched seven solid innings, striking out 10 and got offensive support as Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) and Lou Martini (Flemington, NJ / North Hunterdon) each homered as Montclair State completed its weekend trip to Georgia with a 4-3 victory over Piedmont College on Sunday evening.

Freshman righthander Alex Lesch (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) picked up his first career save, striking out the final hitter with the bases loaded as the Red Hawks improved to 2-0.

Brown, who returned to MSU this season after missing the 2010 campaign, allowed a run, three hits and two walks as he picked up his first win since April 25, 2009 when he got the victory in relief in a 5-3, 10-inning triumph against Rowan in Glassboro.

Scoreless through the first three innings, Montclair scored three times in the fourth to take a 3-0 advantage. Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) reached on a error and Bond made that hurt even more as he launched a two-run homer, his first of the season and 17th of his career. Two batters later, Martini added to the lead with his first career round-tripper.

The Lions (10-6) would get a run back in the fifth inning however Montclair answered right back in the sxith. Martini walked to open the inning and Mickey McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) sacrificed him over to second base. Sophomore first baseman Jason Chesterman (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) followed with a base hit scoring Martini to give the Red Hawks a 4-1 lead.

That's the way the game stood until the ninth when Piedmont would make things interesting. An error, balk and passed ball put the leadoff batter at third and he scored on another error cutting the lead to 4-2. A sacrifice fly would get the second run home making it a one-run game and left the tying run at third and winning run at first.

Lesch was summoned from the bullpen for his first collegiate appearance and walked the first batter loading the bases. But the rookie righty settled down and fanned the next batter preserving the win for the Red Hawks.

Chesterman had two of Montclair's four hits in the contest.

Montclair is now off until Sunday, March 13 when they travel to Florida for the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte. MSU will open its five-game schedule against Heidelberg College at 10:00 am.