Glassboro, N.J. (3/30/19) – Zachary Marzano was 6-for-8 as the Kean University baseball team split with #7 Rowan University in the opening weekend for conference play.
The Cougars blew the Profs (11-5, 1-1 NJAC) away in game one while falling in a pitchers' duel in the nightcap, 3-1.
Game 1 – Kean 12, Rowan 2
The Cougars pounded out 12 runs and 15 hits en route to their first NJAC win of the year. The top half of the lineup combined for 12 hits (12-for-21) and nine RBI.
John Carello got the scoring started as he led off the third inning with a double. A successful sacrifice moved him 90 feet away and Frank LoGiudice helped his own cause with an RBI single. After swiping second, he would later score on a Marzano RBI single.
Kean piled on five more runs in the fourth, all with two outs. Nick Polizzano collected two RBI with a single and Chris Vetter followed with his own two RBI, two batters later. Zach Joe rounded out the scoring with an RBI single to put the Cougars up 7-0.
The Profs got on the board with a single run in the same frame and added one more in the sixth, but Kean put the game out of reach with two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to pick up their first NJAC win of 2019.
LoGiudice picked up his fourth win of the year as he tossed six and a third innings allowing just two runs. Daniel Chiusano tossed the final two and two thirds innings of shutout ball. He walked no one and fanned three.
Polizzano was 2-for-6 with three RBI, including a homer while Marzano and Carello were each 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Game 2 – Rowan 3, Kean 1
Each team was only able to muster five hits each in the nightcap. Marzano scratched across a single run in the second to put Kean ahead 1-0. After reaching on a leadoff single and moving around the bases on an error and sacrifice he scrambled around the plate to avoid the tag on a ground ball play at the plate for a quick 1-0 lead.
Rowan tied the game up at 1-1 with a leadoff homerun from Matt Woods to start the fourth and the Profs later took the lead for good in the same inning as Nick Schooley reached on a bunt single and advancing to second on a throwing miscue. Alex Kokos picked up an RBI with a double one batter later. Steven Hewa added insurance in the seventh after recording a two out double. He would later score on a wild pitch.
Tyler Hopman (2-3) suffered the complete game loss. He allowed three runs and five hits with five strikeouts.
Kean returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Stockton University.