Baseball Rallies Past Ramapo for Sixth Straight Win, 4-3

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Mahwah, NJ (4/15/10) – Freshman first baseman Jason Chesterman (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning whie sophomore southpaw Sean Hille (Edison, NJ/St. Joseph’s-Metuchen) tossed his second straight complete game as Montclair State posted its sixth straight win, edging Ramapo College, 4-3 in an NJAC matchup at Jeff Maund Field on Thursday.

Junior centerfielder Michael Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) had two hits and drove in a run for the Red Hawks, who improved to 15-7 overall, 6-2 in the NJAC.

MSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack) walked with one out and went to third as Scott Evangelist (Northfield, NJ / Holy Spirit) doubled to left field. Catcher Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) lofted a sacrifice fly to score Himmelfarb as Montclair led 1-0. Boggi followed with a base hit to bring in Evangelist as the Red Hawks had a two-run lead.

Ramapo would tie the game in the bottom of the third on an RBI base hit and a run-scoring double. The Roadrunners went ahead in the next inning scratching out a run with the help of a wild pitch and ground out.

The Red Hawks would tie the game in the seventh innings. Mickey McGraw (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) fell behind 0-2 in his at bat, but battled back to draw a walk. He stole second and went to third as an error on a strikeout allowed him to move up 90 feet. Himmelfarb would ground into a double play, however McGraw crossed the plate tying the game at 3-3.

Montclair then took the lead in the bottom of the eighth as a pair of freshman provided some two-out magic. Third baseman Matt Moreno (Park Ridge, NJ / Park Ridge) singled up the middle and then stole second getting into scoring position. Two pitches later, Chesterman lined a base hit into centerfield scoring Moreno as MSU led 4-3.

The rest was left up to Hille (6-0), who managed to settle down after the fourth inning. He allowed four hits over the last five innings and came up with big pitches. Ramapo put to runners on with one out in the eight, but Hille induced a pair of ground balls to end the threat. In the ninth, a two-out error left the door open for Ramapo, however Hille picked off the runner at first base to end the game.

Hille struck out six and walked two as he threw his third complete game of the year.

The Red Hawks are back in action on Friday, April 16 as they travel to Newark, NJ to face Rutgers-Newark at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium beginning at 3:30 pm. It will be the second meeting between the teams as MSU knocked off the Scarlet Raiders, 6-4 at Yogi Berra Stadium on April 2.