Rensselaer Tops Baseball in 10 Innings, 9-6

Box Score

Little Falls, NJ (3/21/10) – Senior leftfielder Camden Mamigonian (Dover, NH / Dover) went 3-for-5 including a homer and the go-ahead RBI in the top of the 10th inning as RBI scored three times for a 9-6 win over Montclair State at Yogi Berra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Senior first baseman Andrew Krushelnyski (Bloomfield Hills, MI / Brother Rice) was 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Engineers gained a split of the weekend series while improving to 8-2 overall.

Sophomore catcher Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) was 2-for-4 with a pair runs batted in for Montclair State, which squandered a 5-0 lead in the game and fell to 5-4 on the season.

Montclair State scored five times in the third inning to take its advantage however RPI would get one back in the fourth as Mamigonian drilled a pitch over the left field wall for a solo homer, his second of the season to make the score 5-1. The Engineers then put a five spot of their own on the board in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead on Krushelnyski’s two-run, opposite-field single.

The Red Hawks would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning as freshman Jason Chesterman (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) singled to center scoring Bond with the game-tying run.

That’s the way the game would remain until the top of the 10th. Jonny Rio (Maplewood, NJ / Columbia) reached second on an error. After a fly out, Mamigonian singled to left scoring Rio, who slid in just ahead of the throw putting RPI in front 7-6. Krushelnyski followed with an RBI double to center and pinch-hitter Noah Poissant III (Cohoes, NY / Cohoes) singled to right for the final run as the Engineers led by three.

Righthander Mike Ciezsko (Stevenson Ranch, CA / William S. Hart) set Montclair down in order in the bottom half of the inning to nail down the win. Cieszko (1-1) recorded the final five outs to earn the victory. Reliever Christian Biederman (Saratoga, CA / Saratoga) gave RPI  3 1/3 innings of outstanding relief as he gave up just one hit and struck out two before giving way to Cieszko.

Senior lefthander John Masklee (Totowa, NJ / Seton Hall Prep) suffered the loss for MSU as he entered in the fifth inning and pitched five innings allowing four hits and three runs (one earned). The lefty struck out and walked one.

MSU took its 5-0 lead in the third as Bond doubled home two runs with a liner down the left field line. Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) brought in another with a single and two more scored as Mike Ercolano’s (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) deep fly ball to center could not be handled.

Boggi had two hits for the Red Hawks.

Montclair State is now off and returns to action on Friday, March 26 as the Red Hawks make the trip to Ohio for a three-game swing. MSU will face Muskingum College in New Concord, OH on Friday at 3:00 pm. Montclair will then face John Carroll on Saturday, March 27 in New Concord before heading to Marietta to face Marietta College on Sunday, March 28 at 1:00 pm.

RPI returns home for their 2010 home opener on Wednesday against Castleton State. First pitch it scheduled for 4:00 pm.