Union, N.J. (3/17/19) – St. John Fisher plated two unearned runs in the top of the ninth to edge the Kean University baseball team by the final of 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
In a very manageable 2 hour, 11 minute contest, both starting pitchers limited the combined offense to just nine hits total. Cougar starter Tyler Hopman (1-2) suffered the loss after tossing a complete game allowing just four hits, one walks and two earned runs while striking out six. RJ Kuruts picked up a no-decision after tossing seven and a third innings allowing three runs and five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Reliever Matthew Raudelunas earned the win with one and two thirds inning of shutout ball, striking out four.
The Cardinals (7-3) plated two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead as Hopman loaded the bases around two outs with hit batsmen. Ryan Simmons delivered the blow, a two RBI single.
Kean (10-5) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead. Derek Walker lined a one out, two RBI double and advanced to third on the throw. He would later score on a foul pop up by Frank LoGiuidice.
Fisher took the lead for good in the top of the ninth after tying the game on a balk and pushing ahead the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Brown.
Kean put the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth with two outs after Mike Perone swiped second and third, sandwiched around two outs, but Raudelunas got out of the jam with a strikeout to preserve the win.
Kean returns to action on Tuesday when they host the College of Staten Island at 4 p.m.