Union, N.J. (4/16/16) – The Kean University baseball team split with visiting Rutgers-Newark by the finals of 9-7 and 10-3 on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.
Kean stands with an 18-12 record and 7-3 mark in conference play while Rutgers-Newark is now 12-19 and 4-6 in NJAC action.
Both teams see-sawed in the first contest with runs coming in bunches along the way. The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first with a two out rally. Senior Sal Taormina started the rally with a walk and classmate Andy Lopez followed with a single up the middle. Sophomore Matt Krupa delivered the game's first run with a single up the middle and Lopez came around to score later on a passed ball.
Kean's lead was short lived, as the Scarlet Raiders posted three runs in their next at-bat. RBI Doubles from Cameron Dias and Brian Boulineau helped to make the score 3-2. Rutgers-Newark made it 6-2 with three more in the third, aided by a fielding miscue.
The Cougars chipped away and took the lead with a four spot. The Cougars recorded RBI with a sacrifice from Brian Cole, single from Chris Amato, double from Taormina (pictured left) and double from Lopez.
In the sixth Kean added what turned out to be necessary insurance with another RBI double from Lopez who later swiped home.
Rookie Ian Fitzgerald (2-0) earned the win in relief with an eight inning performance. He fanned nine and allowed just two earned runs.
Offensively Lopez was 4-for-5 while Lopez and Ryan Kelley were 3-for-4.
After see-sawing in the first frame Rutgers-Newark took a lead they would not relinquish in the second with four runs on five hits. Ross Halkias lofted a two run blast and to highlight the inning.
Senior Ryan MacFarlane earned the win on the mound as he tossed six innings allowing two earned runs. He improved to 3-2 on the season.
Offensivley for the Cougars Amato was 3-for-5 while freshman Shayne Fontana was 2-for-3.
For Rutgers-Newark MacFarlane helped himself with a 4-for-5 nightcap while Halkias tallied four RBI.
Kean hosts Ramapo on Thursday in their next scheduled matchup.