Baseball Falls to Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa. (4/14/14) – The Kean University baseball team fell to Moravian College by the final of 8-1 Monday afternoon in a rescheduled non-conference contest.

Senior Thomas Mariano tossed seven innings with a run on three hits and five walks while striking out four batters to improve to 3-2 on the season. Senior Ben Hammel finished off the final two innings with a hit allowed but only faced the minimum six batters with a double play.

Kean (21-8) opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with two hits from their first three hitters.  Senior Tyler Smarslok led off the game with a single and after a successful sacrifice came around to score on a single from sophomore Matt Meleo

That would be the only lead the Cougars would have, however, as Moravian (23-6) answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 2-1 lead. After three straight walks to start the inning, sophomore first baseman Charles Savite hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score outfielder Anthony Gaetaniello. Junior Ryan Luke followed with a safety squeeze bunt to score shortstop Colin Case.

The Hounds added a run in the second to push their lead to 3-1 and tacked on two more runs in the home half of the third inning to make the lead 5-1.

Trailing 6-1, Kean loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning with no outs but Mariano would get two strikeouts and a ground out to end the threat.

The game between the Greyhounds and the Cougars was originally scheduled for February 25 at Kean but was postponed twice due to extremely cold temperatures on game day. The contest was supposed to be played tomorrow but was moved to Monday to avoid the rain in Tuesday's forecast.

Kean is back home to continue their NJAC slate when they host William Paterson University on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.