Occhi, Urso Lead Baseball Past Rutgers-Camden

Camden, N.J. (4/28/17)Frank Urso went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and senior southpaw Mike Occhi hurled six strong innings in relief to lead the Kean University baseball team over Rutgers University-Camden, 7-2, in NJAC action on Friday.

Rutgers-Camden, which entered the day with a mathematical chance to make the six-team NJAC playoffs next week, was eliminated from the playoff race and falls to 13-21 overall and 4-12 in conference play. Kean, still battling for a post-season conference berth, improves to 21-15 overall and 8-8 in the NJAC.

Locked in a 1-1 tie entering the fifth inning, the Cougars took the lead for good with a three-run frame, sparked by a leadoff double from Urso. He advanced to third on a single by freshman Austin Arndt before rookie Mike Fidanza was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Back-to-back RBI singles followed from freshman Frank LoGuidice and junior Jim Fitzgerald before the final run scored on a double play ball.

The Cougars added a run in the eighth on a walk and Urso's RBI triple and plated a pair of unearned runs in the ninth on a single by LoGuidice, a pair of Raptor errors on sacrifice bunts and a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Krupa.

Occhi (pictured left) raised his record to 6-0 by scattering seven hits and one walk over his six-inning stint in relief.  Occhi struck out three and allowed only an eighth-inning run on a two-out pinch-hit RBI double by freshman Matt Yanick.

Krupa gave the Cougars a lead in the second inning after he hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a ground out and later scored on an error. Rutgers-Camden tied the contest off starter Christopher Rossi in the third inning after freshman John Tedeschi drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved up on a sacrifice by senior Jon Theckston. He scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman designated hitter Matthew Stoots.

Urso's three-hit game was only a home run shy of the cycle. LoGuidice added two hits in the Cougars' nine-hit attack.

The NJAC regular season comes to a close on Saturday with Kean facing off against The College of New Jersey on the road beginning at 11:30 a.m.