TRENTON – For the third time this season, Rowan University defeated Kean University, as the sixth seeded Profs advance in the winner’s bracket past the second-seeded Cougars, 8-3, in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional at Waterfront Park on Thursday evening.
Rowan halted the Cougars’ 13-game winning streak in regional play, as Kean hadn’t lost a game in the regional since Montclair State University knocked the Cougars out of the tournament in 2006. The Cougars, who also hadn’t lost a game this season since a 12-4 loss to the Profs on April 29, saw their current 10-game winning streak snapped.
Junior right-hander Jeff White earned the win for the Profs, striking out nine and scattering seven hits in eight and two-thirds innings.
The Profs (26-14-1) will face top-seeded Johns Hopkins University in a battle between the final two unbeatens in the bracket on Friday at 4:30 p.m., while the Cougars battle #4 Alvernia University in an elimination game earlier in the day at 1:15 p.m.
Rowan erased a 1-0 deficit, scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning by taking advantage of three walks, three straight run-scoring singles and a wild pitch. With one out, two walks and an error loaded the bases and senior Dave Lenig followed with a bases-loaded walk to score sophomore Marc Magliaro with the tying run. Junior Scott Weaver had the first of three straight singles for Rowan, driving in the go-ahead run, while sophomore catcher Nick Turano followed with a two-run single to take a 4-1 lead. Senior Jordan Marsch added a RBI single through the right side to plate to drive in Weaver and Turano gave the Profs a 6-1 lead by coming across on a wild pitch.
An inning later, Rowan added a run when Magliaro led off with a single through the left side, stole second and scored on the double by junior Matt Citro for the 7-1 advantage.
The Cougars threatened in the top of the fifth inning, as junior third baseman Chris Carrano worked a lead-off walk and advanced to third base two batters later on an one-out single by sophomore shortstop Steve Giambrone to put runners on the corners. Senior second baseman Mike Moceri followed with a RBI single to left field to score Carrano, and after a line-out to centerfield, Kean would load the bases on the Rowan error. However, White got out of the jam with a pop-out to only allow the one run in the inning.
After Rowan got a run back in the home half of the fifth inning, White held the Cougars to just one hit over the next three innings.
In the top of the ninth, Kean was able to push across another run when Carrano walked, advanced to second on a single by pinch hitter Kyle Walker and scored on a throwing error. The Cougars would have the bases loaded with the tying run on deck, before Rowan junior right-hander John O’Hara came in to record the final out of the game and earn the save.
Kean took the 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as junior designated hitter Ken Gregory led off with a double and after advancing to third on a single by sophomore Dylan Laguna, Gregory scored on a sacrifice fly by junior right-fielder Nick Nolan.
In the win, Turano was 2-of-5 with two RBI and one run scored, while Marsch finished with three hits, one run and one RBI.
For the Cougars, Laguna was 2-of-5, while Carrano scored two of the team’s three runs.
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!