Baseball Bounces Back Against FDU-Florham

Little Falls, NJ (4/23/08) – Less than 24 hours after falling to No. 13 Johns Hopkins, the Montclair State baseball team got a three-run home run from senior Michael Nunes (Hazlet, NJ / Raritan) and three RBI off the bench from freshman Michael Ercolano (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) as the Red Hawks bounced back with a 14-3 victory over FDU-Florham at Yogi Berra Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman Jeff DellaPiazza ( Summit, NJ / Summit) belted a two-run homer for the Red Hawks, who won for the 10 th time in their last 12 games and moved to 20-12 on the season.

Sophomore shortstop Anthony Foster ( Hamilton, NJ / Nottingham) went 4-for-4 and drove in both runs for the Devils, who fell to 12-19-1 with their fifth loss in the last six games.

Scoreless after the first, Montclair State erupted for six runs in the second. Rob Clark (Livingston, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) brought home the first run with a single and Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack) singled through the infield to make it 2-0 before Nunes launched a three-run homer to left field as Montclair went up by five. It was Nunes’ second round-tripper of the season. Rob Bowness ( Sparta, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) delivered the final run with an RBI single.

FDU-Florham got a run back in the third as Chris Baldino ( Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) plated a run with an infield single and the Devils trimmed the lead to 6-3 in the top of the sixth. Foster accounted for both runs with a base hit just inside the right field foul line. But Montclair countered with two runs of its own as Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) drove in a run with a two-out single and while Bowness collected his second run batted in as Montclair went in front, 8-3.

The Red Hawks put the game away in the seventh with six runs. Vicente Medina ( North Bergen, NJ / Paramus Catholic) scored the first one on a wild pitch and Ercolano smacked a bases-clearing double to left field for a 12-3 lead. DellaPiazza followed with a two-run homer to left for his first of the year to cap the scoring for Montclair.

Junior lefthander Michael Vitale ( Bayonne, NJ / Bayonne) picked up the victory as he allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts as he moved to 3-1 on the year. Freshman lefty Dan Pregno ( Andover, NJ / Lenape Valley) took the loss for the Devils (0-3).

Bowness was the only Red Hawk to collect two hits in the game as Montclair out-hit FDU-Florham, 13-12. Baldino and D.J. Hanna (Stanhope, NJ / Lenape Valley) had two hits apiece for the Devils.

Montclair State returns to action on Thursday, April 24 as the Red Hawks take the short nine-mile trip to Wayne, NJ to face rival William Paterson in an NJAC matchup at Pioneer Park beginning at 3:30 pm.