LaGrange, GA (3/18/11) – Junior catcher Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) and freshman Anthony Bowens' (Nutley, NJ / Nutley) each drove in two runs to back another solid outing by sophomore righty Zach Brown (New Vernon, NJ / Morristown) as Montclair State completed its Spring trip on Friday evening with a 7-1 victory at LaGrange College.
Senior centerfielder Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and two stolen bases as the Red Hawks won their third straight while upping their record to 6-2 as they now head home to New Jersey for their Yogi Berra Stadium opener on Tuesday, March 22 against Oneonta State at 3:30 pm.
Brown, who was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division II/III Pitcher of the Week on Monday, improved to 2-0 as he went the first 7 1/3 innings. Brown, who has pitched at least seven innings in all three starts this season, allowed a run and five hits striking out eight and walking two.
MSU jumped on the board in the first inning with two runs. Mickey McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) walked with one out and Boggi singled to put runners at the corners. Bond lofted a sacrifice fly for the first run and an error on Cody Pace's (Milltown, NJ / Spotswood) ground ball allowed Boggi to cross the plate as Montclair led 2-0.
The lead was extended to 4-0 in the third as Bowens belted a two-out, two-run double scoring Boggi and Pace. Bond collected his second RBI of the game in the fifth with a single that brought home Boggi, who led off with a triple as Montclair led by five runs.
That proved to be more than enough for Brown, who did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and gave up a run in the sixth. Dylan Papa (South Plainfield, NJ / South Plainfield) would come in the eighth and strike out one batter before Paul Ciccazzo (Staten Island, NY / Tottenville) recorded the final two outs to nail down the victory.
Montclair tacked on two runs in the ninth for the final score. Pace had an RBI single and Boggi came home on a wild pitch.