Baseball Places Five on All-NJAC Squad; Ioviero Named Coach of the Year

Pitman, N.J. (5/1/19) – The Kean University baseball team saw five Cougars named to the all-conference squad to go along with Neil Ioviero being named the Jeff Albies Coach of the Year as announced on Wednesday.

Sophomore Zachary Marzano was named to the first-team while John Carello, Mike Perone Jr., and Frank LoGiudice were tabbed second-team.  Derek Walker rounds out the selections at honorable mention.

Marzano started all 18 NJAC games and batted .406 with 21 RBI, 10 extra base hits and 22 runs scored.  In NJAC only games he was third in slugging % (.638), fourth in runs scored and RBI and fifth in hits.

Carello appeared and started 17 contests this spring in conference and batted .400 with 16 RBI, 18 runs scored, nine walks, two homers and six doubles.  Carello is in the top five in hits and on base percentage.  He appears on the all-conference team for the second year in a row.

Perone makes his first appearance in the All-NJAC squad after playing 16 games at third base this season in NJAC play.  Perone drove in 22, had 11 extra base hits, including seven doubles and three triples, while crossing the plate 17 times.  He is third in the NJAC in RBI and doubles, second in triples, and 10th in runs scored.

LoGuidice is making his third appearance on the All-NJAC squad.  Offensively he batted .317 with 13 RBI, 16 runs scored and 16 walks.  On the mound he earned a 3-1 record in five starts with 24 strikeouts.  His three wins are tied for fourth in NJAC play.

Walker is making his first appearance as he batted .343 with 11 RBI.  Walker recorded nine sacrifices (leads the NJAC) while scoring 15 times. 

Ioviero was named the Jeff Albies NJAC Coach of the Year by his peers. Selected to finish fifth in the NJAC preseason coaches' poll, Ioviero led the 2019 Cougars to a 29-12 overall record and a first place tie regular season finish with a 14-4 mark in league play. Now in his 22nd year at the helm of the Kean program, Ioviero has guided the Cougars to an overall record of 689-293-2.  He has earned the award six times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016).