Pomona, NJ (5/1/11) – Junior lefthander Sean Hille (Edison, NJ / St. Joseph's (Metuchen)) tossed a complete game in the opener while senior centerfielder Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) drove in a combined seven runs as Montclair State locked up the final spot in the New Jersey Athletic Conferece Baseball Championship with a doubleheader sweep of Richard Stockton on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Hawks (18-15) won the first game 6-3 to clinch its tournament berth and completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory in the second game. MSU finished 10-8 in the conference and will open up play as the No. 6 seed in the NJAC Tournament on Tuesday, May either at Rowan University or Kean University. Both teams are vying for the No. 1 seed which will be detemrined by the outcome of Kean's makeup contest at Ramapo on Monday.
Hille recorded his second complete game of the year and improved to 4-3 as he allowed three runs and eight hits. He struck out six and walked run.
Montclair took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Boggi walked with two outs and the came all the way around to score on Kevin Bond's (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) base hit to right-center field. Stockton would tie the game in the bottom of the inning but Montclair plated three runs in the third to take the lead for good.
Mickey McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) reached on an error and Jay Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ / Pequannock) singled. Both would score on Boggi's double to left center giving the Red Hawks a 3-1 lead. Cody Pace (Milltown, NJ / Spotswood) brought home the final run with a sacrifice fly.
The Ospreys closed the gap to 4-3 in the sixth inning however Montclair answered back with a run in the top of the seventh as Boggi delivered his third RBI of the game with a single. Montclair would tack on a run in the eighth as Jason Chesterman (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) singled home a run for a 6-3 lead.
Hille made that hold up as he retired six of the final seven batters he faced.
Boggi finished 3-for-4 at the plate while Bond had two hits for MSU.
In the second game, Boggi continued his torrid hitting driving two in the first inning as Montclair State scored three times in the first inning and led 4-0 after three as Anthony Bowens (Nutley, NJ / Nutley) singled home Pace from second after a double.
Richard Stockton would get within 4-3 before Montclair put the game away with a four-run seventh inning. Boggi plated the first two with single and Pace added the other two runs with another base hit as Montclair boosted its lead to 8-3. The Ospreys got a run in the eighth inning for the final margin.
Reliever Jake Campbell (Sayreville, NJ / Sayreville War) picked up the victory as he pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing a run and four hits. Boggi was 3-for-5 as he finished the day 6-of-10 in the twinbill. Pace and Bionde had two hits each for MSU, which collected 12 in the game.