MSU National Championship Baseball Team of 2000 Reunites at Jackals Game

Member of the MSU 2000 National Championship Baseball Team members in attendance for their 10-year reunion on August 14: (L-R) Brian Ellerson, Jim Whalen, Craig Conway, Steve Trongone, Frank Francia, Marc Houser, Scott Allan, Kim DeRitter and Head Coach Norm Schoenig

Montclair, NJ (8/16/10) – The most successful team in the history of the Montclair State baseball program held its 10-year reunion on Saturday, August 14th in the place where they enjoyed so much of their success during its 2000 national championship campaign – Yogi Berra Stadium. Several team members were honored prior to the start of the New Jersey Jackals’ contest with the Worcester Tornadoes.

Head coach Norm Schoenig, who would be named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the evening as the group gathered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their triumph.

The 2000 Red Hawks put together one of the greatest seasons in program history. The squad went 42-7-1 setting the single-season mark for wins in addition to compiling a 17-1 record in the perennial powerhouse New Jersey Athletic Conference. Montclair would go on to win the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional title and advanced to the Division III World Series in Grand Chute, WI.

At the World Series, MSU dropped its first game to Cortland however it rebounded to win the next five games, including a 6-2 win over St. Thomas (MN) in the championship game that gave Montclair State its third NCAA Division III crown.