GLASSBORO – The Kean University baseball team claimed the 2010 NJAC Championship by defeating #4 The College of New Jersey, 14-1, Sunday afternoon. With the win Kean receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
This is the fourth straight season Kean will advance into the NCAA Tournament, advancing all the way to the World Series the past three seasons, with a national title in 2007.
This is the third NJAC tournament crown for the Cougars, winning previously in 2002 and 2008.
For only the second time in NJAC history, both the softball and baseball titles were won by the same institution, as the Kean softball team defeated Richard Stockton, 3-0, to win their first ever NJAC crown.
The Cougars (32-10) scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings before breaking the game open with five runs in the fifth. Junior Ken Gregory got things going with an RBI single. After back-to-back hit batsmen, sophomore Lee Cavico ripped a two RBI single down the leftfield line. Later in the inning freshman Steve Giambrone hit a two out, two RBI single up the middle to give Kean an 8-0 lead.
Offensively Giambrone was 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored while Gregory was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two doubles.
For TCNJ (23-19) Jason Zegarski was 3-for-5 with a double.
Sophomore Julian Diaz earned the win. Diaz (5-1) allowed no runs in six innings of work with six hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Senior Steve Montalbano earned the three inning save. He allowed one unearned run and two hits.
Kean plays two non-conference games this week and will learn where they fall in the bracket when the NCAA announces the field early Monday morning, May 17th. The NCAA regional tournament begins on Wednesday, May 19th.
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