Union, N.J. (4/13/19) – The Kean University baseball team picked up a doubleheader sweep of Rutgers-Newark on Saturday afternoon in NJAC action with a 10-1 win in the opener and a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.
Kean improves to 20-11 overall and 7-3 in conference play while Rutgers-Newark falls to 9-14 this spring and 3-7 in the NJAC.
Game 1 – Kean 10, Rutgers-Newark 1
Tyler Hopman (3-4) tossed a complete game in the opener allowing just one unearned run while scattering seven singles. He walked no one and struck out six.
Offensively the Cougars plated three runs during the second and third innings as Zachary Marzano led off the second with a double. He would later score on a balk. It was Marzano again in the third with a two out, two RBI double for the quick 3-0 lead.
Kean plated five more in the fifth, aided by three extra bases hits by Frank LoGiudice, Derek Walker and Brandon Johannessen. The Cougars added insurance in the sixth as Marzano lined a solo shot to left center and Johannessen scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a triple.
The Scarlet Raiders broke up the shutout in the eighth as pinch runner Caleb Ware scored on a groundout.
Seven of the Cougar 11 hits were for extra bases.
Kean was led by Marzano who was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBI, two doubles and a homer. Johannessen finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Ryan Zucker collected three hits for Rutgers-Newark in the loss.
Game 2 – Kean 5, Rutgers-Newark 4
The Cougars never trailed in the nightcap, but the Scarlet Raiders tied things up at 2-2 in the fifth.
Kean took the lead for good with one run in their half of the fifth and added what would be the winning run with two more in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Walker doubled home LoGiudice who reached on an error. In the sixth, Mike Perone Jr. registered an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch.
Rutgers-Newark made things interesting with a single run in the eighth as Kevin Tamsula collected an RBI single with two outs. Threatening in the ninth, the Scarlet Raiders got within in as Ware scored on an RBI single by Zucker. With two on and two out, Justin Hernandez closed the door with a strikeout to seal the win.
Hernandez got the save after tossing three innings with six strikeouts. Christopher Rossi (3-1) earned the win after six innings of work allowing two unearned runs, five hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Tamsula was 3-for-4 with two RBI for Rutgers-Newark.
Nick Polizzano was 3-for-3 while Walker finished 2-for-3 in the nightcap.
Kean returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to St. Joseph's College-Long Island for a rescheduled contest.