Baseball Bows Out of NCAA Regional Tournament

Auburn, NY (5/16/08) One of the longest days in Montclair State history ended on a down note as the Red Hawks were eliminated from the NCAA New York Regional Tournament early Saturday morning. Montclair, which began its day at 10:00 am, fell to Eastern Connecticut, 14-0 to finish the year at 28-20.

Lou Politan (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) had two hits for MSU, which had defeated Eastern Connecticut twice already this season, including an 8-7 win in the opening game of the regional tournament on Wednesday. Politan had a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth innings to give Montclair the victory.

Five Warriors recorded multiple-hit efforts as Eastern Connecticut scored six second-inning runs and junior James Kukucka allowed four hits and fanned eight over eight shutout innings.

Freshman right fielder Jim Schult led the Warriors with three hits and
three RBI's.

Senior left fielder Jon Dalton, senior center fielder Ismael Bolorin and
junior catcher Andrew Magliola drove in two runs apiece.

Dalton, Bolorin first baseman junior Tristan Hobbes and sophomore third baseman Melvin Castillo all had two hits. Andrew Smiley pinch-hit a home run for the Warriors.