Ewing, N.J. (4/27/19) – The Kean University baseball team registered six homeruns on their way to a split with top 10 ranked The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon in their regular season finale.
Game 1 – TCNJ 4, Kean 3
The Cougars (28-12, 14-4 NJAC) suffered a tough loss in the opener, never trailing until the last play. Zachary Marzano lined a two out double in the fourth and came around to score on an infield single from Brian Cole for a 1-0 lead. Mike Perone Jr. made it 2-0 in the sixth as he doubled to lead off the frame and would move to third and score on wild pitches. TCNJ (26-9, 12-5 NJAC) tied things up in the seventh with a two RBI double from Matt Giacose.
Nick Polizzano gave the Cougars the lead back, leading off the ninth with a solo shot and a 3-2 advantage. With two outs and runners on the corners for the Lions in their last at-bat, it was Giacose again who stole second and came all the way around to score on an error for what would be the walkoff win.
Tyler Hopman tossed a complete game two hitter in the loss. Hopman (4-5) allowed just one earned run and struck out four. Offensively Polizzano was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Game 2 – Kean 14, TCNJ 12
The Cougars belted five homers in the nightcap to win the offensive matchup by the final of 14-12. John Carello was 4-for-5 with five RBI, four runs scored and two homeruns.
It was a see-saw affair as Kean sprinted out to an 8-3 lead after four. Highlighting the offense was a three run shot from Carello in the second, solo shots from Marzano and Cole in the third and Carello's second homerun, in as many at-bats, in the fourth.
The Lions cut into the deficit with three runs in the sixth on an RBI double from Jacob Simon and a two run homerun from Ryan Fischer and then took the lead in the sixth with a five spot. It was Fischer again, this time with a grand slam to put TCNJ up 11-8.
Kean cut the deficit to one with two runs in the eighth. Frank LoGiudice collected an RBI infield single and Polizzano walked with the bases loaded. The Lions responded with one of their own in the same inning on a leadoff homerun from Simon (12-10).
The Cougars regained the advantage in their last opportunity as Carello knocked in one with an RBI single and Perone lofted a three run homer to left.
Kyle Gaeb tossed a one-two-three bottom of the ninth to earn the win.
Gaeb (4-1) tossed three innings allowing one run and one hit. He fanned three. Offensively Perone was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Kean awaits to find out their seed in the upcoming NJAC Tournament as multiple rainouts are being played by the rest of the conference over the next two days. NJAC Tournament action begins on Tuesday.