Kean Baseball Sails Past Utica, 23-1

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Kevin Herget

UNION – The Kean University baseball team used a ten run first inning and never looked back as they defeated Utica College, 23-1, Sunday afternoon from a cold and rainy Jim Hynes Stadium.

Freshman Kevin Herget (Park Ridge) earned his second win of the season for Kean (12-5). He allowed just two hits and one walk in six innings of work. Herget  also fanned eight.

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The Cougars came out of the gate firing, as sophomore D.J. Breckenridge (Fair Haven) reached first after being hit by a pitch. He quickly stole second and scored on a Steve Giambrone (Roebling) double. After back-to-back walks by Dave Zavistoski (Edison) and Ken Gregory (Pittstown) to load the bases, junior Nick Nolan (Linden) roped a two RBI double to right-center. Junior Kyle Walker (Piscataway) followed with an RBI single and quickly Kean was up 4-0. The inning continued, and Gregory closed out the scoring in his second at-bat of the frame with a two RBI single.

Utica (2-6) scored their only run of the contest in the top of the ninth as Russ Haentges (Cowlesville, N.Y.) led off with a double. After moving to third on a wild pitch, he would score on a groundout.

Nick Nolan

Nick Nolan

Offensively, Nolan was 3-for-4 with three RBI, four runs scored and two doubles while Walker was 3-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. Freshman David Goodman (Edison) was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored while Giambrone was 2-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Kean returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to take on Widener University at 3:30 p.m.


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