Union, N.J. (2/16/18) – The Kean University baseball team started things off on the right foot with a 2-1 win over Drew University in the season opener for both on Friday afternoon.
In a mixed bag of weather junior Tyler Hopman worked out of early trouble and tossed eight innings allowing just one run with four hits and one walk. He fanned six to improve to 1-0. Rookie Daniel Chiusano faced three batters in the ninth to earn his first collegiate save.
Drew (0-1) got on the board in the top of the second taking advantage of a leadoff walk to Anthony Tagliaferro. Eric DiPietro followed with a double down the line and put the Rangers up 1-0.
The Cougars (1-0) quickly answered in the bottom of the same inning as senior Matt Krupa reached via a hit batsman. He swiped second and would come around to score on a double from junior Brian Cole, one of two on the day.
Kean scored what would be the winning run in their half of the sixth as Jimi Fitzgerald got things going with a single up the middle. A groundout put him into scoring position and sophomore Nick Polizzano drove him home with a single in the gap.
Cole, Fitzgerald and Polizzano all finished with two hits on the day for Kean.
For the Rangers, relief pitcher Davis Fouts suffered the loss. He threw one and a third innings allowing the go-ahead run and three hits.
Kean returns to action on Saturday when they host Stevens Institute of Technology.