Baseball Downs WPU in NJAC Tournament, 10-1

Newark, NJ (5/3/08) Montclair State (25-15) took a 4-0 lead after three innings en route to a 10-1 victory against William Paterson (23-19) in an elimination game of the 2008 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Baseball Tournament May 4 at Newark’s Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. 

The second-seeded Red Hawks will face fourth-seeded Rowan (31-11) at 6:00 p.m. for the right to face top-seeded Kean (33-9) Monday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m.  The win also helped Montclair State avenge an 8-6 defeat at the hands of the Pioneers on Thursday at Yogi Berra Stadium.

Senior catcher Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) led the Red Hawks with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, five RBI, three runs scored, a double and a home run.  Senior first baseman Lou Politan (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) was 3-for-4 and scored three runs, and junior third baseman Stephen Piscitello (Hauppauge, N.Y./ Hauppauge) was 2-for-5 with a two-run home run.   

Sophomore second baseman Vin Ganz (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) was 2-for-4 with a RBI for William Paterson, and sophomore right fielder Mike Guadango (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) went 2-for-3 with a double.  Sophomore outfielder Andrue Laguerre (Jersey City, N.J./St. Benedict’s Prep) added a pair of doubles, and senior shortstop Dan Limone (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases to finish his career with a Pioneer-record 95 steals, including a program-best 38 this spring. 

Sophomore right-hander Jesus Castano (West New York, N.J./Memorial) was the winner on the mound (2-0), pitching 7.0 innings of six-hit ball and allowing just one run.  Freshman left-hander Chris Mongelli (Riverdale, N.J./Pompton Lakes) suffered the loss (3-4) after 4.0 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned). 

Junior left fielder Ed Kloepping (Pennsville, N.J./Pennsville) started the scoring in the top of the second, lifting a solo shot over the right-field fence.  The Red Hawks extended that advantage to 4-0 in the third, thanks to a two-run Miller single and a run-scoring Rob Bowness (Sparta, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) double down the left-field line.  Miller made it a 6-0 edge with a two-run homer in the fifth. 

The Pioneers’ Laguerre later kept it a six-run game in the sixth, snatching Kevin Cuozzi’s (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) fly ball back from going over the left-field wall with one out and a runner on first. 

Laguerre broke the scoreless drought for the Pioneers in the seventh after a double inside the third-base bag, a grounder that moved him to third base, and a Ganz RBI-single through the left side of the infield. 

The Red Hawks plated four runs in the top of the ninth, two coming from a Piscitello round-tripper to left field.