UNION – Senior southpaw Nick Cesare tossed his third complete game of the season as Kean defeated The College of New Jersey, 6-1, Thursday afternoon in the second round of the NJAC Tournament.
Cesare (6-1) allowed just one earned run and five hits as Kean improved to 30-10 this season, the sixth straight season reaching the 30 win plateau.
The College of New Jersey (21-18) struck first with a single run in the fourth inning James Ruzich scored off a Cougar miscue after reaching on a leadoff walk. The Cougars took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs all with two outs. Sophomore Ryan Gibbons started things off with a double. Freshman Steve Giambrone then singled him home to knot the game at one. Kean then loaded the bases after a walk and TCNJ miscue. Kean then scored two more off another Lions’ miscue to take a 3-1 lead.
In their half of the sixth, Gibbons drove in two with a single to left-center.
Senior Greg Spatz suffered the loss. Spatz (5-4) allowed six runs, three earned, in six and a third innings of work.
For the Cougars, Gibbons was 2-for-5 while Ken Gregory was 2-for-4. For the Lions, Scott Kelly and Ryan Anzelone each had two hits.
Kean advances to take on #6 Montclair State University at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 8th at Rowan University. The College of New Jersey will face host Rowan University at noon.
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