Baseball Splits NJAC Action with William Paterson

Union, N.J. (4/6/19) – The Kean University baseball team split with William Paterson University in doubleheader NJAC action on Saturday, defeating the Pioneers 4-2 in the opener before falling 9-6 in the nightcap.

Game 1 – Kean 4, WP 2

Steve Yelin got the Pioneers on the board with a single run in the first as he singled home Steve DiGirolamo who reached via a hit batsmen.  The Cougars answered right back with a two spot in the bottom of the same inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.  Kean tied the game up on a double steal and took the lead for good on an RBI single from Zachary Marzano

Kean added two more in the second frame as John Carello collected a two RBI double, giving the Cougars a 4-1 lead.

The score would remain that way thanks to four double plays turned by Kean an efficient pitching by both pitching staffs. 

William Paterson (15-7, 2-3 NJAC) rallied for a single run in the eighth and had runners on first and second with one out, but Kyle Gaeb was able to wiggle out of trouble with a fly out and strikeout to end the threat.  Gaeb would go on to earn the save after facing four batters in the ninth.

Carello was 2-for-3 with two RBI while Frank LoGiudice earned the win after tossing seven and a third innings.  LoGiudice (5-1) allowed two runs and six hits while striking out four and walking two.

Game 2 – WP 9, Kean 6

It was a game of bunches but the Pioneers led from start to finish.  WP scored three runs in the second and third innings to take a 6-2 lead.  Carlos Perez registered a two double in the second inning while Vin Dorio and Matt Ferrara each collected RBI singles in the third.  Kean's two runs in the second came off the bat of Brian Cole who launched a two run blast to left center for his first homerun of the season.

Kean (16-9, 3-2 NJAC) cut the deficit to two with two more in the fourth as Derek Walker singled for an RBI and Mike Perone Jr. tallied a sacrifice and RBI.

The Pioneers tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth to push their advantage back out to four (8-4) before Kean again rallied for two runs thanks to a two RBI triple from Perone. 

William Paterson added insurance with a single run in the top of the eighth as DiGirolamo tripled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a throwing error.

Offensively Kean outhit the Pioneers in game two (11-10), but half of William Paterson's hit were for extra bases. 

Corey Martinez picked up the win after tossing seven innings.  He (4-0) allowed six runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.  Eric Rosenberg earned his third save of the year with two scoreless innings.

Offensively Perone was 2-for-3 with two RBI, a double and a triple while Cole was 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, a double and a homer.  Dorio finished game two with a 2-for-4 day, two RBI and two runs scored.

Kean returns to action on Sunday when they face Stockton University in a rescheduled matchup at 11:30 a.m.