Ercolano, Politan Key Baseball Victory Over Utica in Snowbird Classic, 9-1

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Port Charlotte, FL (3/16/11) – Senior designated hitter Mike Ercolano (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) and junior first baseman Sam Politan (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) each drove in two runs as Montclair State downed Utica College, 9-1 at the Snowbird Classic on Wednesday morning.

Freshman lefthander John Silvestri (Livingston, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) tossed six solid innings for his first collegiate victory as the Red Hawks improved to 4-2 overall, 2-2 on its Florida trip.

Montclair scored eight of its nine runs in the game during a four-inning stretch that began a three in the bottom of the second innings. Anthony Bowens (Nutley, NJ / Nutley) singled with one out and Cody Pace (Milltown, NJ / Spotswood) reached on an error putting runners at the corners. Politan walked to load the bases and Ercolano brought two of them with a double and Politan crossed the plate on an error as MSU led 3-0.

The Red Hawks added two runs in the third as Bowens doubled home Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) with one out. Pace followed with an RBI single as the MSU lead grew to 5-0.

Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack) plated a run in the fourth with a single. After Utica (0-4) got its lone run in the top of the fifth, Montclair answered back immediately with a two-run double by Politan for an 8-1 advantage.

Freshman centerfielder Tim Byron (East Hanover, NJ / East Hanover) accounted for the final Montclair run in the eighth with an RBI single.

Silvestri allowed five hits and an unearned run in his outing, striking out four and walking two. Freshman righty Jesse Campanelli (Rahway, NJ / Rahway) struck out four in his two innings of scoreless relief before Louis Pimpinella (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) completed the game striking out two in the ninth inning.

Bowens finished 2-for-4 for Montclair State, which collected 13 hits in the contest.

Montclair State closes out its Snowbird Classic trip on Thursday, March 17 as they face 16th-ranked Wooster for the second time in four days at 12:00 pm. The Red Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots, 11-6 on Monday.