UNION– Sophomore Lee Cavico and junior Ken Gregory combined for 12 RBI as Kean University swept visiting William Paterson University, 17-9 & 10-4, Saturday afternoon in the regular season conference finale for both.
The Cougars finish as the second seed in the upcoming NJAC Tournament and will face #5 Richard Stockton College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Jim Hynes Stadium.
The Cougars (28-10, 13-5 NJAC) scored eight runs in the first two innings and scored in all but two innings to seal the win in game one. In the six-run first inning, KU pushed out six hits, including a grand slam from Gregory, an RBI single by Cavico and an RBI groundout by catcher Eddie Jennings.
Offensively Cavico was 3-for-4 with four RBI while Gregory was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI. Junior Kyle Walker was 3-for-4 with two RBI while senior Mike Moceri was 3-for-5 with three run scored and a double.
For the Pioneers (16-21-1, 6-12 NJAC) junior Frank Franco was 2-for-6 with three RBI and a double while teammate Miguel Lugo was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.
Freshman Kevin Herget improved to 5-0 with the win. He allowed seven hits and just one earned run in five and a third innings. Rookie Brandon Bujnowski picked up his first save after tossing three and two thirds innings. He allowed two runs and nine hits.
Freshman Jacob Baron suffered his first loss of the year. Baron (5-1) allowed 11 runs, all earned, in four innings.
The Cougars employed the same tactic, and scored five runs in the first inning, to jump out to a 5-1 lead. After an RBI single by Andrue Laguerre to start off the first, Kean scored five runs on six hits to erase the early deficit. Gregory started things off with an RBI single followed by an RBI double by Walker. Junior Nick Nolan then hit a triple to rightfield for an RBI. Rookie Steve Nappe and Cavico followed with back-to-back RBI singles to close out the scoring in the frame.
After tacking on a single run in the second, WPU cut the deficit in half with two runs in the third. Sophomore Jack Montanile provided an RBI double while Ryan VanderMay added an RBI single up the middle.
Kean would go on to score four more in their next three at-bats to seal the win.
Sophomore Julian Diaz earned the win. Diaz (4-1) allowed three runs and eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Rookie James Young suffered the loss. Young (1-3) allowed eight runs, six earned, in four innings of work.
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