Baseball Tops Shenandoah in NCAA Action

Union, N.J. (5/17/19)Tyler Hopman tossed a complete game as the Kean University baseball team picked up a win in the first round of NCAA Division III Baseball regional action by the final of 5-3 over Shenandoah University on Friday evening.

Hopman (5-6) allowed nine hits and three runs (two of which came with two outs in the ninth inning). 

The Cougars (30-14) never trailed in the contest.  Kean picked up a single run in their first at-bat as John Carello led off the game with a walk.  He moved to third on a single from Derek Walker and crossed the plate on a Frank LoGiudice infield single. 

The Hornets (31-14) tied things up in their half of the fifth as Jamie Naill was driven home by Henry Delavergne who recorded a fielder's choice RBI. 

Kean took the lead for good in the bottom of the same inning as Carello found the gap with an RBI single, plating Brian Cole who reached on a leadoff walk. 

Hopman received help from his outfielders in the top of the seventh as both Joe and LoGuidice made diving catches to thwart any threats.

The Cougars added much needed insurance in the eighth with three runs.  LoGuidice singled to get things going and Nick Polizzano followed with a double to put both runners in scoring position.  An intentional pass to Zachary Marzano loaded the bases and two batters later Zach Joe made it 3-1 with a sacrifice.  Cole walked to reload the bases and Conner DeForge delivered with a two RBI double down the line and a 5-1 lead.

After two quick outs to start the ninth, Hopman worked into and out of trouble.  Keegan Woolford doubled down the line to drive in two and close the gap to 5-3, but Hopman was able to induce a groundout to end the threat.

LoGiudice was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI while Carello and Marzano were each 2-for-3.

For Shenandoah, Tristan Baker and Robert Marcelle each had two hits.

Kean advances and will face #4 Westfield State University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.  Shenandoah will take on #1 Ithaca College at 12 p.m.