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 for the right to face top-seeded Kean (33-9) Monday, May 5, at The win also helped Montclair State avenge an 8-6 defeat at the hands of the Pioneers on Thursday at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Senior catcherJeff 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 basemanLou 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 (UpperSaddleRiver, 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-scoringRob 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.
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.