Baseball Drops NJAC Contest With WPU

Wayne, NJ (4/24/08) – Seniors Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) and Rob Bowness (Sparta, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) each belted home run and finished with two RBI apiece however, Montclair State fell to local rival William Paterson, 12-5 on Thursday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Red Hawks (20-13) into a four-way tie atop the New Jersey Athletic Conference standings with Kean, Rowan and The College of New Jersey.

Three singles by Michael Nunes (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan), Lou Politan ( Livingston, N.J./Livingston) and Bowness gave the Red Hawks a 1-0 edge during their first trip to the plate, but the Pioneers fought back for three runs in the home half of the inning. A Will Courter (Roseland, N.J./West Essex) single was followed by walks issued to Mike Guadango ( Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) and Perrone, loading the bases with one out for Joyce, who singled to center to plate Courter and tie the score. John Elia (Emerson, N.J./Pascack Valley) then delivered a two-run base hit up the middle, pushing WP ahead, 3-1. 

William Paterson tacked on two more in the second, thanks to a Guadango RBI-single and a wild pitch that allowed Courter to score from third, making it 5-1 game. Montclair’s Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, N.Y./Nyack) singled in Robert Clark (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) to cut that advantage by one in the top of fourth, but WP responded two runs of their own during the bottom of the inning after a Guadango run-scoring fielder’s choice and a Joyce RBI-single, pushing William Paterson ahead, 7-2, after four. 

Miller blasted his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot over the left-center fence, for a 7-4 game in the fifth. The Pioneers extended their lead back to five (9-4) with a pair of runs in the sixth, before Bowness hit a solo homer in the seventh, his sixth of the year, to make it 9-5. William Paterson finished the scoring with three runs in the eighth after an error, an Elia sacrifice fly, and a Derek Koppinger ( Columbia, N.J./North Warren) ground-out.

Courter led the Pioneer offense with his 4-for-5 effort and three runs scored. Perrone, Joyce, Elia and Vin Ganz ( Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) each had two hits for WP. Politan paced the Red Hawks with three hits, while Bowness was 2-for-5 with the home run and two RBI. 

Freshman Chris Mongelli (Riverdale, N.J./Pompton Lakes) picked up the victory to improve to 3-3, pitching 8.1 innings and allowing the five MSU runs. Tim Stringer ( Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) suffered the loss (3-5), giving up six runs in 3.1 innings.

The Red Hawks return to action on Friday, April 25 as MSU hosts New Jersey City University at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning at 3:30 pm.