EWING – Junior Nick Nolan was 4-for-5 and freshman Steve Nappe drove in four as Kean University rallied to defeat host The College of New Jersey, 10-6, Tuesday afternoon at Ackerman Park.
In a game that included four lead-changes, a rain delay, and a lightning delay, Kean (21-9, 7-4 NJAC) sealed the win with a four run ninth inning. TCNJ has their six game conference win streak snapped and falls to 15-14, 8-4 in conference play.
The Lions struck first with a run in the first on a sacrifice fly. Kean responded with two runs in the second. Sophomore Lee Cavico singled and advanced to third when Nolan doubled to left-center field. Cavico came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nappe and Eddie Jennings singled to drive in Nolan giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead.
The Cougars tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, with an RBI double by Dylan Laguna and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Gibbons. But the Lions’ offense awakened in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs off five hits and a Cougar miscue to give the Lions a 5-4 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Nolan’s two-run single in the seventh drove in junior Ken Gregory and Cavico to regain the lead. The Cougars added insurance in the ninth as Nolan added an RBI double and Nappe launched a three run homerun.
Nolan finished with three RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Cavico and Laguna also had three hits on the day.
Stephen Montalbano threw three and two-thirds innings of relief to earn the win.
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