Baseball Season Finale Washed Out; Senior Day to Be Rescheduled in the Fall

Montclair, NJ (5/15/11) – The Montclair State baseball team saw its 2011 season finale washed out as the Red Hawks scheduled doubleheader with Ithaca College at Yogi Berra Stadium was cancelled due to rain and soggy field conditions. MSU ended its season at 21-18.

The cancellation also deprived Montclair from its annual Senior Day and an opportunity to honor the four seniors on the squad - Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville), Jay Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ / Pequannock), Mike Ercolano (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) and Andrew Himmelfarb (Upper Nyack, NY / Nyack).

The Red Hawks will get a chance to honor its senior players this coming Fall during halftime of one of the Montclair State home football contests.

Boggi joined the Red Hawks three seasons ago and was an All-NJAC selection each of the past three years. Appearing in 122 career contests he had collected 148 hits which includes 39 doubles, seven triples and 10 home run. A career .320 hitter, Boggi also scored 91 times and driven in 91 runs while also swiping 17 bases. A fixture in the Montclair State outfield he was named to the Mid-Atlantic Region Gold Glove Team in 2010.

Ercolano was with the Red Hawks for four seasons and appeared in 130 games, mostly as the designated hitter. Batting .302 for his career, he recorded 95 hits, 23 doubles and seven home runs while recording 70 RBI and 48 runs scores. He also served as a team captain.

Himmelfarb appeared in 78 games his first two seasons before being sidelined in 2009 with a shoulder injury. He returned the following season and has been a regular in the MSU lineup at second base, earning All-NJAC honors this season. Appearing in 154 career contests, Himmelfarb, a team captain, has collected 151 hits with 11 doubles and six home runs, driving in 74 runs while scored 109.

Bionde made up the other side of the Red Hawks’ middle infield appearing in 159 career games, including 132 starts at shortstop. A member of the NJCBA All-Rookie Team in 2008, he has been one of the best fielding shortstops in the NJAC throughout his career and was named to the Mid-Atlantic Region Gold Glove Team in 2010. At the plate, he has registered 159 hits along with 21 doubles, 95 runs scored and 72 RBI.

The Montclair State department of athletics and baseball program would like to thank these outstanding student-athletes for all of their hard work and dedication throughout their careers and looks forward to honoring them with their Seniod Day in the Fall.