Union, N.J. (3/29/12) – Senior Steve Sanguiliano's homer in the third inning proved to be the difference as the #4 Kean University baseball team edged York College (Pa.) by the final of 4-3, Thursday afternoon in non-conference action.
Sanguiliano finished the day with a 1-for-4 performance with his second homerun of the year, a two-run shot. He also picked up his second save of the year as he tossed two thirds of an inning to close out the ninth and help Kean to improve to 14-5. The loss drops York to 8-13 this season.
The Cougars started the scoring with a single run in their first at-bat as senior D.J. Breckenridge (pictured left) led off the inning with a double. A sacrifice moved him over to third and he would later cross the plate on an RBI fielder's choice from sophomore Shane Alvarez.
The Spartans went ahead, 2-1, in the top of the second as junior Justin Cohen lofted a two-run shot to left-center. Kean went ahead for good in the bottom of the third as sophomore Tyler Smarslok singled to start off the frame. A successful sacrifice moved him into scoring position and an infield single by Alvarez put runners on the corners. Smarslok would tie the game at two-all after a balk was called on the Spartans and Sanguiliano gave Kean what would be the win with a two-run shot in the same at-bat.
York pulled within one in the top of the fourth as Colin Porter delivered a two-out RBI single, but that would be the end of the scoring for both teams for the remainder of the contest.
Senior Mike Russo (3-1) earned the win. Russo tossed five innings allowing three runs and nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Relievers Julian Diaz, Matt Mantione and Dan Hansen combined for two and a third innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits along the way. Sanguiliano (pictured right) then retired the final two batters of the game to pick up the save. Southpaw Tyler Alexander (0-2) suffered the loss for York. He allowed four runs and 10 hits with two walks in seven and a third innings of work.
For the Cougars, Breckenridge was 2-for-3 while senior Dylan Laguna was 2-for-4. The Spartans were led by Porter who was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Kean opens their New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday when they travel to the College of New Jersey for a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m.