Campbell Provides Relief as Baseball Tops Ithaca, 12-7

Box Score

Ithaca, NY (5/15/10) - Freshman Jake Campbell (Sayreville, NJ / Sayreville War) pitched four innings of scoreless one-hit ball in relief while Mike Ercolano (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) drove in three runs as Montclair State won its second straight as the Red Hawks took the first game of a weekend set with Ithaca College downing the Bombers 12-7 at Freeman Field on Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Miller (Bloomfield, NJ / Bloomfield) had a pair of RBI for MSU (23-18), which closes out its 2010 campaign on Sunday with a 1:00 pm contest with Ithaca (19-18).

Campbell (2-0) picked up his first career save as he retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced after coming into the game in the bottom of the sixth with the Red Hawks leading 9-7 and the tying runs on base. He would escape that inning before going on to retire 12 of the 14 hitters he faced. Campbell walked one and saved the game for lefthander Sean Hille (Edison, NJ / St. Joseph's (Metuchen)), who improved to 8-2.

Tied at 2-2 in the fifth, Montclair State scored four times only to see that answered in the bottom of the inning by the Bombers as the game was knotted at 6-6. In the top of the sixth, MSU would take the lead for good scoring three times. Kevin Bond (Cedar Grove, NJ / Cedar Grove) singled with one out and Mike Boggi (Towaco, NJ / Montville) and Andrew Himmelfarb (Nyack, NY / Nyack) were each hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ercolano was also hit by a pitch to force in the first run and Miller, after a strikeout, doubled to score two more as Montclair led 9-6.

Ithaca got a run back in that bottom of the sixth before Campbell closed the door the rest of the way.

The Red Hawks then added to more runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Bond and sacrifice fly by Miller for an 11-7 lead. Scott Evangelist (Northfield, NJ / Northfield) accounted for the final Montclair State run with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning.

Bond finished with three hits for MSU with Boggi, Himmelfarb, Ercolano and Miller each getting two as the Red Hawks collected 14 in the game.