Port Charlotte, FL (3/14/11) – Freshman Cody Pace (Milltown, NJ / Spotswood) belted a a three-run homer helping Montclair State to an 11-6 victory over 19th-ranked College of Wooster in the Snowbird Classic on Monday afternoon.
Junior rightander Paul Ciccazzo (Staten Island, NY / Tottenville) picked up his second victory in as many outings with 5.2 innings of relief as the Red Hawks improved to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in their Snowbird schedule.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Wooster scored twice in the second and once in the third to take a 3-1 lead after three. MSU would respon with three runs in the top of the fourth. Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack) singled home one run and an error allowed two more to score as Montclair led 5-3.
The Scots responded with a two runs in its half of the inning knotting the game at 5-5. Montclair regained the lead in the sixth on two swings of the bat as Pace led off with a double and scored as Jay Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ / Pequannock) singled for a 6-5 lead.
The Red Hawks then blew the game open in the seventh. Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) walked andMickey McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) singled putting runner on first and second with one out. Following a strikeout, Jason Chesterman (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) singled to bring home Bond and Pace brought the rest in with his first collegiate home run as Montclair led 10-5.
Ciccazzo got the tin as he allowed two runs and five hits in hit relief appearance, striking our three and walking one. Steven Hagen took the loss for Wooster.
Pace, Bione, McGraw and Matt Moreno (Park Ridge, NJ / Park Ridge) all had two hits apiece for MSU, which collected 14 in the game.
The Red Hawks continue their appearance in the Snowbird Classic as they face Carthage College at 10:00 am. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the opening game of the 1993 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. Montclair won that game 5-1 en route to its second national championship.