UNION – Junior Nick Nolan (Linden) recorded a combined five RBI for the afternoon as #9/18 Kean University defeated New Jersey City University in NJAC doubleheader action, 8-7 & 14-4, Saturday from Jim Hynes Stadium.
With the sweep, Kean improves to 15-6 and 3-1 in the NJAC while the losses drop NJCU to 8-11 and 0-4 in conference action.
In a see-saw affair, the Cougars rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim the win in game one. Trailing 7-5, senior Dave Zavistoski (Edison) led off with an infield single. Senior Mike Moceri (Yardville) followed with another infield hit and junior Ken Gregory (Pittstown) loaded the bases as he was hit-by-a-pitch. Nolan then tied things up with a two RBI single and was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a double. With one out and a runner on third, sophomore Dylan Laguna (Edison) was intentionally walked. After a fielder’s choice swapped runners and added an out, sophomore Eddie Jennings (Jackson) laid down a bunt single for the game’s winning run.
Earlier in the game, both teams traded the lead as KU broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Laguna provided a two out, two RBI single, while Nolan swiped home.
The Gothic Knights then regained the lead in the sixth with four runs. Senior Eddie Gonzalo (Union City) had a one out, two RBI single up the middle and Michael Fiorentino (Point Pleasant Beach) added a two out, two RBI single to center.
Reliever Billy Dumchus (Edison) earned his first collegiate win. Dumchus (1-1) tossed three and two thirds innings allowing two runs and three hits. Sophomore Nelson Maldonado (Newark) suffered the loss for NJCU. He (1-3) tossed a complete game effort allowing eight runs, four earned, with six walks and five strikeouts.
Offensively Moceri and Zavistoski had three hits apiece.
Freshman Kevin Herget (Park Ridge) earned the win to improve to 3-0. Herget threw five innings allowing just one hit with five strikeouts as Kean cruised to the 14-4 win.
The Cougars recorded five runs in the bottom of the first and added another five spot in the bottom of the fourth.
Offensively, freshman Steve Nappe (Edison) had two RBI while Laguna was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Junior Westley Lopez (West New York) suffered the loss for NJCU. Lopez (3-1) allowed eight runs, six earned in three and a third innings of work. For the Gothic Knights, Fiorentino was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday when they face The College of Staten Island at 3:30 p.m.
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