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Union, N.J. (4/12/08) - Junior Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) picked up two wins in relief as Kean University swept Ramapo College, 3-2 in eleven innings in game one and 10-6 in eight innings in game two Saturday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium. Game two was called for darkness. Aich (5-1) tossed the final two and a third innings as game one went into extras. He allowed no runs and just one hit while striking out two. In game two he tossed two innings with two hits and one run.
Game One (Kean 3, Ramapo 2, 11 innings)
In the bottom of the 11th with two outs, catcher Kevin O'Neill (Union, N.J.) (pictured right) singled to center to get aboard. Senior Maikel De La Rosa (Newark, N.J.) then singled him home with a shot to leftfield for the win.
The Roadrunners (12-16, 1-9 NJAC) got things started with two runs in the top of the first, taking advantage of two Cougar miscues. Nick Sbarra (Washington Twp., N.J.) scored the game's first run on an RBI groundout while junior Mike Manges (Glen Rock, N.J.) recorded an RBI single to put Ramapo up 2-0 early.
KU (24-8, 8-4 NJAC) responded back with one run in the fourth as sophomore Nick Nolan (Linden, N.J.) hit a solo blast to lead off the inning. The Cougars tied the game in their half of the seventh as O'Neill led off the inning with a double. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, senior Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.) lined a double to left to bring home O'Neill.
Senior Tom Paglione (Hamilton, N.J.) tossed another productive outing as he went eight and two thirds innings scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run. He struck out four and walked two.
Sophomore Joey Cacchiola (Union, N.J.) suffered the loss after allowing four this and the winning run in four and a third innings of work.
Game Two (Kean 10, Ramapo 6, 8 innings)
Kean broke a 5-5 tie with five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double. Senior Derek Gianakas (Edison, N.J.) then sacrificed him over to third. Burke would later score on an error. Freshman Jared Orgel (East Hanover, N.J.) later lined a double down the leftfield line to drive in two. After a Mike Diaz (Westfield, N.J.) RBI single, O'Neill rounded out the scoring with an RBI triple.
Both teams traded big innings in the start of the nightcap. The Roadrunners got things going with a three spot in the top of the first. Jairo Jimenez (Bronx, N.Y.) registered a one out, RBI single while teammate John Callandrello (Montville, N.J.) produced an RBI sacrifice fly.
Kean rallied in the bottom of the second, plating four runs of their own. KU took advantage of three errors by the Roadrunners in the inning. Diaz recorded an RBI single while O'Neill had an RBI groundout. De La Rosa completed the scoring with an RBI single through the rightside.
Junior Colin Feneis (Spotswood, N.J.) started and picked up a no-decision. Feneis tossed six plus innings allowing five runs, two earned, as well as seven hits. Freshman Jack McDonough (Cranford, N.J.) suffered the loss after allowing nine runs, five earned, on nine hits. He (4-2) also struck out five and walked three.
Offensively for the Cougars, Nolan (pictured left) finished the afternoon with a combined 5-for-8 performance with three runs scored. Sophomore Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. For the Roadrunners, Ryan Paxton was 3-for-7 with four runs scored.
Kean enjoys a short break in the action and will return to play on Friday, April 18th when they travel to New Jersey City University for a 3:30 p.m. first-pitch.
Union, N.J. (4/3/08) - Senior Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.) was 4-for-5 with a triple while outfielder Derek Gianakas (Edison, N.J.) was 3-for-5 and a triple to lead #3/10 Kean University to a 12-8 victory over visiting William Paterson University Thursday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium. With the win the Cougars improve to 19-5 overall and 4-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). The loss drops the Pioneers to 13-7 and 3-1 in conference play.
The win also gave head coach Neil Ioviero his 300th coaching victory. In the midst of his 11th season at the helm of the Cougars he has amassed a 300-130-2 (.697) overall record.
In today's action, KU got on the board early and often after plating 10 runs in the first six innings of action, including a five spot in the bottom of the sixth. In the sixth catcher Kevin O'Neill (Union, N.J.) started off the inning with a double. Ammirata pushed him across with an RBI single. Gianakas followed that up with a triple to give the Cougars a 7-0 advantage. Senior Dan Mattonelli (Hamilton, N.J.) kept the offense going with an RBI single of his own. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, pinch-runner Gabe Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) crossed the plate on a balk and sophomore Chris Carrano (Lincoln Park, N.J.) rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
The Pioneers got right back into things putting up a five spot of their own in the top of the seventh. Junior Will Courter (Roseland, N.J.) provided the big blow with a two-out, two RBI single.
Kean added insurance runs in the bottom of the same inning as Ammirata registered an RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch.
On the mound, sophomore Joe Bartlinski (South Amboy, N.J.) picked up his fourth win of the season as he tossed seven innings allowing five runs, all unearned, as well as five hits. Bartlinski (4-1) also walked three and struck out four. Senior Steve Schlitzer (West New York, N.J.) suffered the loss after throwing five innings. He (1-2) allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) while also striking out two.
Offensively sophomore Mike Diaz (Westfield, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with two doubles while teammate Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) (pictured right) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double in the win.
For the Pioneers, senior Dan Limone (Teaneck, N.J.) finished the day with a 2-for-3 performance and three RBI.
Kean will return to conference action as they take on the Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University on Friday, April 4th at 3 p.m. while the Pioneers will host Rutgers-Newark at 3:30 p.m.
UNION, N.J. - The Kean University field hockey team had eight players recently selected to the 2007 ZAG/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III National Academic Squad, as announced by the NFHCA. Senior Allison Green (West Deptford, N.J.) was named to the squad for the third straight year, while sophomores Julie Bachovchin (Piscataway, N.J.) and Laura Janousek (Yardville, N.J.) received the honor for the second time in as many years.
Freshmen Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.), Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.), Amie Hoch (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), Erica Kelly (West Deptford, N.J.) and Joelle Vitale (Metuchen, N.J.) all were named to the squad for the first time in their careers.
The National Academic Squad program recognizes those collegiate student-athletes who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2007-08 academic year.
UNION, N.J. (4/12/08) - Junior attack Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) scored five goals and freshman attack Rosalia Romeo (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied a school-record with five assists to lead the Kean University women's lacrosse team to an 18-0 victory over Maritime College in Skyline Conference action on Saturday afternoon. Kean (9-4, 1-1 Skyline) held a 15-0 lead at halftime, Romeo (pictured left) assisted on five straight goals at one point and added two goals.
For the game, 10 different Cougars scored goals, as Romeo, freshman Amanda South (Fairless Hills, Pa.), freshman Cristin Califf (Cranford, N.J.) and senior Alli Green (West Deptford, N.J.) each scored twice.
Martime senior goalkeeper Jamie Gleber (Wilmington, Del.) stopped six shots, as the Cougars outshot the Privateers 27-5 and held a 21-7 advantage in groundballs for the game.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday, April 19, when they host Farmingdale State College in Skyline action at 1 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (4/12/08) - The Kean University softball team used a pair of seventh-inning rallies to defeat Rutgers-Camden (1-0, 6-4) in a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Senior catcher Vicki Lanza (Edison, N.J.) homered twice in the nightcap, as the Cougars (20-6, 7-3 NJAC) erased a two-run deficit in top of the seventh inning to sweep the Scarlet Raptors (3-21-1, 1-9 NJAC).
GAME ONE: Smyth, Hicks Lift Cougars in Opener, 1-0
Senior first baseman Katie Hicks (Medford Lakes, N.J.) drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Kean to the 1-0 victory in the opener.
In the inning, junior Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.) walked to lead off the inning and sophomore centerfielder Allison Lizzi (Cherry Hill, N.J.) reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs.
After moving over to second and third on the sac bunt by senior Vicki Lanza, Hicks (pictured right) flied out down the right field line to score Steinman for the game-winner.
The Scarlet Raptors had their best opportunity to score runs in the first inning after opening the game with back-to-back singles by sophomore centerfielder Steph Klotz (Nutley, N.J.) and freshman second baseman Brooke Keenan (Mt. Laurel, N.J.). A sacrifice bunt moved both runners over before the Cougars got out of the jam with a foul out and groundout to end the scoring threat.
On the mound for Kean, freshman right-hander Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa.) earned the complete game shutout victory, allowing just six hits with no walks, while striking out four batters to improve to 9-2.
For Rutgers-Camden, junior right-hander Natalie Powell (Williamstown, N.J.) suffered the loss, allowing just three hits and one walk. At the plate, junior Valeri Bohn (Delran, N.J.) was 2-of-3 for the lone multi-hit game.
GAME TWO: Four-Run Seventh Rallies Kean in Nightcap, 6-4
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning, sophomore designated player Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.) led off with a walk and scored on a RBI double to right center by senior shortstop Johanna Hedler (South Plainfield, N.J.) to cut the deficit to one run.
The Cougars tied the game following a bunt single by junior left fielder Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.), as Hedler scored on a rundown that resulted in Buchanan advancing to second on the late throw home. After junior second baseman Sara Steinman advanced Buchanan over to third with the sacrifice bunt, senior Vicki Lanza followed two batters later with her second homerun of the game for the 6-4 edge.
Rutgers-Camden took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of three hits and one Cougar error for the early lead. Sophomore Steph Klotz led the inning off with a single and would later score on the error for the first run of the game.
Sophomore first baseman Amanda D'Anduono (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) added a RBI single to drive in senior shortstop Kathleen Dreitlein (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) who had singled earlier in the inning.
Kean trimmed the lead to one run in the fourth inning on Lanza's first homerun of the game, a solo shot to left field. The Scarlet Raptors got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, before the Cougars again cut the lead back to one run in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI single by senior Kara Schultz (Clinton, N.J.)
The Scarlet Raptors extended the lead back to two runs in the bottom of the sixth, when sophomore pitcher/third baseman Steph Skroski (Stratford, N.J.) homered to left field.
On the mound, senior right-hander Kristen Hennings (Jackson, N.J.) (pictured left) went the distance for the Cougars, allowing six hits and three runs to improve to 4-3 this season.
At the plate, Lanza and Schultz each finished with two hits, while Hedler, Buchanan, Lizzi and Thibault each had one hit and one run scored.
For the Scarlet Raptors, Klotz was 2-of-4 with one run scored in the game. Skroski picked up a no decision, allowing five hits and two earned runs in five and third innings of work.
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday, April 15, when they host William Paterson University in a NJAC doubleheader at 3 p.m.
Pomona, N.J. (4/12/08) - The Kean University men's lacrosse team (8-5, 1-2) dominated Richard Stockton College (6-5, 1-1) in Skyline Conference action and won by the final of 18-8 Saturday afternoon. C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) led the Cougars with five goals and one assist while Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) (pictured right) contributed three goals and three assists. Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) also scored three goals while Kean goalie Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) made 13 saves.
Matt Bell (Jackson, N.J.) paced Stockton with three goals and one assist for four points while Josh Dybus (Lyndhurst, N.J.) tallied one goal and one assist for the Ospreys.
In the first quarter, four different goal scorers found the back of the net for Kean to offset two Stockton goals by Bell and give the Cougars a 4-2 lead. Each team netted three goals in the second period as Kean led 7-5 at the half.
Gillar and Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) led a nine-goal Cougar outburst in the third quarter with two markers apiece. The Cougars outscored Stockton, 9-1, in the period for a commanding 16-6 lead on their way to the 18-8 win.
Kean returns to action on Wednesday, April 16th as they host Farmingdale State in a Skyline match at 7 p.m.
POMONA, N.J. (4/5/08) - The Kean University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Osprey Open at Richard Stockton College on Saturday afternoon. The Cougar throwers led a strong showing, as nine different throwers recorded top 10 finishes at the meet and two individuals qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Outdoor Championships in May.
Kean placed four in the top 10 in the women's javelin throw, led by freshman Jamie Grenger (Hazlet, N.J.) and her second-place finish with a throw of 29.56 meters (97-00). Freshman Jan Bush (Abington, Pa.) followed in fourth (29.25 meters/95-11), while fellow classmates Samantha Chapman (Middletown, N.J.) and Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.) were eighth (27.09 meters/88-10) and ninth (25.19 meters/82-08), respectively.
In the shot put, Bush placed fourth with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 11.63 meters (38-02.00), and junior Sarah Lyon (Clymer, N.Y.) finished eighth (9.84 meters/32-03.50). Lyon added a third place finish in the discus throw (33.78 meters/110-10), and junior Sarah Zadoyko (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) was 10th with a throw of 28.44 meters (93-04).
On the track, junior Erin Jones (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.56), while junior Demeka Pressley (Trenton, N.J.) was ninth in the 400-meter dash (1:02.29). Jones also placed third in the pole vault with a leap of 2.95 meters (9-08.00)
The women's 400-meter relay squad placed seventh in an ECAC qualifying time of 52.29 seconds and the 1600-meter relay team added a ninth place finish (4:18.88).
In the men's meet, freshman John Badala (Scotch Plains, N.J.) placed in the top eight in three events for the second straight week. He had his best finish in the shot put, placing second with an ECAC qualifying throw of 14.33 meters (47-00.25). Badala (pictured left) added a sixth place finish in the javelin throw (48.28 meters/158-05) and an eighth place showing in the discus (37.10 meters/121-09).
The Cougars had two other top 10 finishers in the shot put, as Rick Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.) placed fifth (13.82 meters/45-04.25) and freshman Brian Vanderstad (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) was seventh (13.35 meters/43-09.75).
Junior Jason Staggers (Jackson, N.J.) added a pair of finishes in the top 10, placing sixth in the high jump (5-11.50) and tied for ninth in the long jump (6.23 meters/20-05.25).
In the pole vault, freshman Josh Chavanne placed fifth (3.80 meters/12-05.50) in his first meet of the season, while sophomore Peterson Paquiot (Elizabeth, N.J.) was seventh (3.35 meters/10-11.75).
On the track, Chavanne added an eighth place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.96), and sophomore Matt Gough (Jefferson, N.J.) was fifth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 51.25 seconds.
The men's 1600-meter relay team finished fifth in 3:27.25, while the 400-meter relay squad placed 10th (44.20).
The Cougars returned to action this past weekend at the West Chester University Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.
ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (4/5/08) - Freshman attack Amanda South (Fairless Hills, Pa.) scored a team-high four goals, however the Kean University women's lacrosse team dropped a 14-12 decision to host St. Thomas Aquinas College in non- conference action. The Cougars (8-3) trailed by three at halftime, as the Spartans took a 9-6 lead at the break.
In the game, freshman goalkeeper Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) stopped 17 shots for the Cougars.
Freshman attack Rosalia Romeo (Ridgewood, N.J.) added two goals and an assist, while senior Alli Green (West Deptford, N.J.) netted a pair of goals.
The Cougars opened Skyline Conference play on Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm, when they traveled to two-time defending conference champion Montclair State University.
Pomona, N.J. (4/5/08) - Richard Stockton (15-7, 3-4 NJAC) slugged 24 hits and defeated #3/10 Kean University (21-6, 6-2 NJAC), 19-9, in the first game of today's NJAC baseball doubleheader. The Cougars rebounded with a 12-9 win in the nightcap. Senior Derek Gianakas (Edison, N.J.) slammed three home runs on the day for KU, giving him 11 for the season. Scott Fisher (Toms River, N.J.) hit a homer in each game for Stockton.
Game One (Richard Stockton 19, Kean 9)
Gianakas blasted a three-run homer in the first inning to spark Kean to a 4-0 lead. Stockton took the lead with three runs apiece in the second and third frames for a 6-4 edge. The Ospreys later broke the game open with seven runs in the sixth inning for a 14-5 lead. Craig Rich (Hamilton, N.J.) provided the key hit of the inning with a bases-loaded triple that yielded three RBI. Stockton led by at least eight runs for the rest of the game and won 19-9.
Chris Fischer (Cherry Hill, N.J.) went 5-6 with a double to lead Stockton to the 19-9 victory in the opener. Pat Goodwin (Mays Landing, N.J.) was 3-6 with two doubles and three RBI. Gianakas went 4-5 with two home runs and four RBI for KU.
Game Two (Kean 12, Richard Stockton 9)
Sophomore Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) (pictured right) led Kean to a 12-9 victory in the nightcap by going 3-5 with two RBI and two runs. Senior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) (pictured left) was 2-6 with two doubles and two runs and Gianakas was 2-4 including a solo home run in the fifth inning for the Cougars. Fisher went 2-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI while Goodwin also was 2-4 with a double and an RBI for Stockton.
Fisher and Rich stroked RBI singles as part of a five-run third inning that gave Stockton a 7-4 lead. Kean took the lead for good with six runs in the fourth frame, which included RBI doubles by Burke and freshman Jared Orgel (East Hanover, N.J.). The Cougars led 10-7 after the six-run outburst and went on to defeat Stockton 12-9.
Reliever Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) picked up the win in game two. Aich (3-1) tossed three and a third innings allowing one earned run. Junior Drew Campbell (Hillsborough, N.J.) earned his third save of the year after throwing three and two thirds innings allowing just two hits and one run.
Kean hosted Staten Island in a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 8th at 3:30 pm.
Union, N.J. (4/5/08) - Maritime College used a five goal third period to regain the lead for good and held on to defeat host Kean University, 11-9, Saturday afternoon in Skyline Conference lacrosse action at Kean Alumni Stadium. The win improves the Privateers to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the Skyline while the loss drops the Cougars to 7-4 and 0-1 in conference action.
Maritime was led by three individuals who recorded three goals a piece in Stephen Doherty (Yorktown, N.Y.), Donald Toby (Oceanside, N.Y.) and Alex Rosero (Bellport, N.Y.). Kean was led by sophomore Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) who also tallied three goals on the afternoon.
Both teams battled and scored early, with the Cougars taking a slight advantage (7-5) into halftime. After Maritime recorded three of the four first goals of the match, Kean surged and registered six uncontested goals between the first and second periods. In the final three minutes before the break, the Privateers notched two unassisted goals to close within two at the half.
Maritime then dominated the third period, outscoring the Cougars, 5-1, to regain the lead. Toby led the way with two goals in the rally. In a defensive fourth period, Rosero added an insurance goal with just over five minutes remaining off an assist from freshman Alex Korb (Islip, N.Y.).
In goal, Privateer Colin Gallagher (Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded 10 saves in the win while senior Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) tallied 17 saves in the loss.
Kean will return to action on Wednesday, April 9th against rival Montclair State University here at Kean beginning at 7 p.m.
Union, N.J. (4/4/08) - Senior Tom Paglione (Hamilton, N.J.) recorded his second straight complete game win as #3/10 Kean University defeated visiting New Jersey City University, 4-1, Friday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium. The game originally scheduled to be played at NJCU, was switched due to poor field conditions. The two teams will now play each other on Friday, April 18th at NJCU.
With the win the Cougars improve to 20-5 overall and 5-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) while the loss drops the Gothic Knights to 9-15 and 1-4 in conference action.
NJCU got on the board first in the top of the first as Leomar Paulino (Paterson, N.J.) singled home Mark Hoyer (Irvine, Calif.) who reached on a leadoff single.
KU tied things up in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Jared Orgel (East Hanover, N.J.) scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a leadoff single. The Cougars went ahead for good in their half of the sixth as senior Dan Mattonelli (Hamilton, N.J.) reached on a bases loaded fielders choice, driving in senior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). Senior Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.) also scored on the play as a fielding miscue thrown into the dugout advancing the runners.
Kean tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as Ammirata recorded an RBI fielders choice, bringing home catcher Kevin O'Neill (Union, N.J.).
Paglione picked up his third win of the season in the complete game effort. He (3-0) allowed seven hits and one unearned run while fanning eight and walking two.
Senior Baldwin Vargas (New York, N.Y.) took the loss after tossing six innings. Vargas (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits. He also walked three and stuck out four.
Offensively O'Neill was 2-for-2 with a run scored in the win for Kean.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday, April 5th when they take on Richard Stockton at noon.
UNION, N.J. (4/7/08) - The College of New Jersey earned a pair of New Jersey Athletic Conference victories, defeating Kean University in NJAC softball action on Monday afternoon. The Lions (16-10, 4-2 NJAC) won the opener, 5-2, before scoring runs in the second, third and fourth innings of the nightcap to earn the 5-0 victory over the Cougars (16-4, 3-3 NJAC). GAME ONE: Three-Run Third Lifts TCNJ to 5-2 Victory in Opener
Sophomore shortstop Ellen Seavers (Ridgewood, N.J.) was 2-for-4 with a homerun and four RBI to lead The College of New Jersey to the 5-2 victory in the opener.
Seavers broke the scoreless tie in the third inning, as her two-out, two-run homerun to centerfield hit the top of the fence and bounced over for the 2-0 lead. Two batters later, senior first baseman Christina Lizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) followed with a RBI single through the left side to drive in sophomore third baseman Rachel Greeby (Yardley, Pa.).
Kean got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning when senior shortstop Johanna Hedler (South Plainfield, N.J.) doubled to left field to drive in senior Katie Hicks (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and sophomore Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.), who had doubled and singled, respectively, earlier in the inning.
In the top of the seventh, TCNJ added a pair of insurance runs when Seavers doubled down the left field line for the 5-2 advantage.
For Kean, Thibault was the lone Cougar with a multi-hit game, finishing 2-of-3 with one run scored.
Greeby and Lizzi were each 2-of-4 for TCNJ, while freshman Steph Cintron (Northvale, N.J.) scored twice.
On the mound, sophomore right-hander Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, N.J.) improved to 9-5 with the complete game victory, as she scattered eight hits and struck out three. Rookie Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa.) went the distance for Kean, as she struck out six batters in falling to 7-2 this season.
GAME TWO: Cougars Fall in Nightcap, 5-0
Freshman pitcher Alex Sietsma (Glen Rock, N.J.) allowed just two hits and struck out eight batters to lead The College of New Jersey to the 5-0 shutout victory over Kean in the nightcap.
The Lions scored the only run they would eventually need in the second inning, as Sietsma helped herself out with an RBI single down the right field line to drive in senior Christina Lizzi.
The next inning, TCNJ tacked on a pair of runs when freshman Christina Cawley (Riverton, N.J.) scored on an error and junior Kelly Armstrong (Jackson, N.J.) added a RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0.
Sophomore Ellen Seavers added her second homerun of the afternoon in the fifth inning, with the two-out, two run shot to left field for the 5-0 advantage.
Kean threatened in the sixth inning, when senior Johanna Hedler led off with a walk and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.). Junior Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.) followed with a single through the left side to put runners on the corners, however Sietsma struck out the next two Cougars to get out of the inning.
Sietsma improved to 5-2 with the complete game shutout, as Kean senior right-hander Kristen Hennings (Jackson, N.J.) went the distance in the losing effort to fall to 3-2 this season.
At the plate for Kean, Steinman and senior Kara Schultz (Clinton, N.J.) had the lone Cougar hits.
For TCNJ, Seavers was 2-of-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while senior catcher Lauren Musacchia (Westfield, N.J.) also had a pair of hits.
Kean traveled to Rutgers-Newark for a NJAC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 8. First pitch was set for 3 p.m.
GLASSBORO, N.J. (3/29/08) - Senior shortstop Johanna Hedler (South Plainfield, N.J.) was 4-of-8 with three RBI to help lead the Kean University softball team to a doubleheader split with No. 24 Rowan University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. Hedler drove in the game-winning run in the nightcap, giving the Cougars (14-2, 1-1 NJAC) the 4-3, nine-inning victory. In the opener, Rowan (17-3, 1-1 NJAC) earned the 10-3 victory behind a strong pitching performance from junior Jackie Sasko (Hamilton, N.J.).
GAME ONE: Rowan Wins NJAC Opener with 10-3 Victory (boxscore)
Senior Johanna Hedler finished 2-of-3 with two RBI, however it could not offset the complete game victory by Rowan right-hander Jackie Sasko.
Rowan tallied all 10 of its runs in the first four innings, scoring four runs apiece in the second and third innings to break the game open.
Hedler had a RBI walk in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1, before the Profs answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
At the plate for the Cougars, sophomore centerfielder Allison Lizzi (Cherry Hill, N.J.) (pictured left) added a pair of hits, while juniors Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.) and Nikki Castagno (Staten Island, N.Y.) each added one hit and one run scored.
On the mound for the Cougars, rookie Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa.) suffered her first loss of the season (6-1), allowing eight hits and five earned runs.
Sophomore catcher Stephanie Taraschi (Mt. Ephrain, N.J.) was a perfect 4-of-4 with two RBI to lead the Prof attack, while junior centerfielder Kristina Brenner (Vineland, N.J.) added a pair of hits and three runs scored.
Sasko (9-1) went the distance, striking out nine batters, to win her ninth game of the year.
GAME TWO: Hedler, Hennings Lead Kean to Extra-Innings Victory (boxscore)
Senior right-hander Kristen Hennings (Jackson, N.J.) went the distance, earning the complete-game victory as the Cougars won the nightcap in the bottom of the ninth inning with the 4-3 victory.
Tied at one after seven innings, Rowan designated player Jackie Sasko had a two-run homerun in the top of the eighth inning to give the Profs the 3-1 lead.
The Cougars responded in the bottom half of the inning when junior second baseman Sara Steinman led off the inning with a RBI double to drive in junior Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.), who started the inning on second base due to the international tie breaker rule. Steinman would later score on an error following a single by senior first baseman Katie Hicks (Medford Lakes, N.J.) to tie the game and force another inning.
The Cougars held Rowan in the top of the ninth, and after sophomore Allison Lizzi sacrificed classmate Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.) (pictured right) over to third, senior Johanna Hedler drove in Thibault to earn the NJAC split
Rowan took the early 1-0 lead, scoring in the first inning when junior Kristina Brenner led off with a single and scored on a double by senior Kristin Wallace (Glassboro, N.J.). Kean tied the game two innings later when Lizzi scored on the sacrifice fly by senior Kara Schultz (Clinton, N.J.).
Hennings scattered 10 hits and allowed just one walk, while striking out three batters to improve to 2-1 this season.
Hedler was the lone Cougar to record a multi-hit game, while Steinman finished 1-of-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (3/29/08) - Freshman attack Rosalia Romeo (Ridgewood, N.J.) and junior attack Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) combined for 11 goals to lead the Kean University women's lacrosse team to a 15-10 victory over Division II Kutztown University on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars (7-2) scored the first six goals of the game, including three from Cirino and two from Romeo, en-route to a 12-6 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Kean scored the first two goals to extend the lead to 14-6, before the Bears netted four of the last five goals to put the final score at 15-10.
Romeo netted six goals, while Cirino finished with five goals in the victory. Freshman Nuran Onal (Cinnaminson, N.J.) (pictured right) added one goal and a game-high six draw controls.
In goal, freshman Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) recorded six saves in the winning effort.
Union, N.J. (3/29/08) - Senior Derek Gianakas (Edison, N.J.) combined for five RBI with two homeruns as #3/9 Kean University swept visiting #16 Rowan University, 10-4 & 9-4, Saturday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium. Gianakas finished the afternoon with a 4-for-8 performance with five runs scored as well as a triple in addition to his two homeruns. With both wins the Cougars improve to 18-5 overall and 2-1 in the NJAC.
Catcher Robert Fox (Ocean Twp., N.J.) was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and a solo shot for the Profs. With the loss Rowan falls to 13-6 and 1-3 in conference play.
Game One (Kean 10, Rowan 4)
Through the first five and a half innings of action, all eyes were on the pitching mound as the top pitchers of each team faced off. Rowan's Ryan Kulik (Marlton, N.J.) held a slight edge in the early going, as he didn't allow a Cougar hit until the bottom of the sixth. Kean's Joe Bartlinski (South Amboy, N.J.) held his ground, however, fanning 12 through six innings of action. RU's lone run up to that point came off of Fox's solo shot in the top of the second inning.
Kean broke up the no-hitter and the shutout in the bottom of the sixth as seniors Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.) and Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each hit two-out singles. Gianakas gave KU their first lead of the game with a three-run blast to left-centerfield for a 3-1 advantage.
Rowan answered back in their half of the eighth with three runs of their own. Juniors Garrett Mull (Chatsworth, N.J.) and Tom Reindel (Flemington, N.J.) each had RBI singles in the frame.
The Cougars put the game away in the bottom of the same inning with seven runs. Freshman Jared Orgel (East Hanover, N.J.) provided a two RBI single up the middle while senior Maikel De La Rosa (Newark, N.J.) had an RBI single.
On the mound, reliever Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) (pictured right) picked up the win in relief for the Cougars. Aich (2-1) tossed one and two thirds innings allowing no runs and just one hit, striking out one. Starter Joe Bartlinksi earned a no-decision after tossing seven and a third innings allowing four runs and seven hits, he walked two and fanned 13.
Kulik recorded the loss for the Profs. Kulik (4-2) threw seven plus innings allowing eight runs, six earned, and six hits. He also struck out 10 and walked four.
Offensively Burke was 3-for-5 with two runs scored for the Cougars.
Game Two (Kean 9, Rowan 4)
Kean jumped on the board first with a three run first inning. Burke got things going with a sacrifice fly. Gianakas followed up with an RBI single. Orgel (pictured left) rounded out the scoring with an RBI double to right-center.
Rowan tied things up with a three-spot in the top of the third. With the bases loaded, Joe Franceschini (Toms River, N.J.) hit a two RBI single. Roland Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch.
KU got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the same inning, plating four runs. Gianakas led off the inning with a triple to left center. Sophomore Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) drove in Gianakas with a sacrifice fly. After Orgel reached on a double, senior Dan Mattonelli (Hamilton, N.J.) singled him home. De La Rosa completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Junior Drew Campbell (Hillsborough, N.J.) picked up the win in relief. Campbell (4-1) tossed four innings allowing four hits and a run. Aich (3) entered the game in the seventh and picked up the save after throwing three innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit.
Starter Kevin O'Hara (Clayton, N.J.) picked up the loss for the Profs. O'Hara (5-2) threw two and a third innings allowing seven runs and seven hits.
The Cougars will return to action on Thursday, April 3rd as they take on the Pioneers of William Paterson at Jim Hynes Stadium at 3:30 p.m.
CHESTER, Pa. (3/29/08) - The Kean University men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2008 outdoor season at the Danny Curran Invitational at Widener University on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Freshman John Badala (Scotch Plains, N.J.) had three top-six finishes to lead the Cougars, placing in the shot put, javelin and discus throws. Badala (pictured right) placed fifth in the javelin, with a throw of 51.72 meters (169-08), while adding sixth place finishes in the shot put (13.72 meters/45-00.25) and discus (38.30 meters/125-08).
Junior Jason Staggers (Jackson, N.J.) had the best Kean showing of the meet, placing second in the long jump with a leap of 6.53 meters (21-05.25) to also qualify for the ECAC Outdoor Championships.
In the men's 100-meter dash, junior Sean Oyelaja (Lagos, Nigeria) and rookie Marques Wallace (Vauxhall, N.J.) placed seventh (11.41 seconds) and tenth (11.55 seconds), respectively. Thrower Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) rounded out the top 10 finishes with a 10th place showing in the javelin (46.76 meters/153-05).
Junior Erin Jones (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) led the Cougar women with a pair of top 10 finishes, as she was tied for sixth in the pole vault (2.90 meters/9-06.25) and placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles (17.62 seconds).
St. Davids, Pa. (3/29/08) - Junior Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) recorded six points with two goals and four assists to lead Kean University over Eastern University, 11-7, Saturday afternoon. After falling behind, 5-3 at halftime, the Cougars mounted a comeback and rallied for six goals in the third period to take a 9-6 lead. Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) (pictured right) tied things up at five-all with 10:33 remaining in the third period. He again recorded what would be the winning goal with 4:02 left in the third.
Offensively sophomore Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) tallied two goals and an assist in the win for the Cougars who improve to 6-3 overall. In goal senior Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) registered 10 saves.
Kean returns to action on Tuesday, April 1st when they return home to take on Castleton State College at 4 p.m.
HILLSIDE, N.J. (3/28/09) - The Kean University football team volunteered at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, as 16 members of the team and coaching staff helped sort boxes A total of 16 members of the team and coaching staff spent several hours at the distribution center sorting and packing boxes of food and household goods.
Under Head Coach Dan Garrett, it is the third community service project since January 2008 for the football team, after also participating in the National Education Association's Read Across America and in the Kean University Blood Drive.
The FoodBank distributes over 21 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,656 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Through their combined efforts, they assist three-quarters of a million low-income people in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (3/18/08) - Sophomore midfielder Chris Love recorded three goals and three assists to lead the Colorado College men's lacrosse team to a 13-10 victory over Kean University on Tuesday afternoon at Washburn Field. Love had two goals and an assist to spark a 7-1 run that allowed the Tigers to turn a 3-1 deficit in the second period into an 8-4 lead with 7:17 remaining in the third.
Senior midfielder Hunter Combs snapped a 4-4 tie 1:41 into the third period. Sophomore attacker Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.), Kean's leading scorer, triggered a 4-1 run that trimmed CC's lead to 9-8 with 13:18 remaining in the game, but Love set up Gangl 15 seconds later to start a 4-1 run for the Tigers.
Leathem had four goals and an assist to pace the Cougar attack. Senior attacker Dennis Lukacsko (Lincoln Park, N.J.) had two goals, while junior attacker C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) had a goal and two assists.
Senior Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) (pictured right) stopped 15 shots for KU.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (3/21/08) - The Kean University softball team wrapped up its spring trip at the Rebel Spring Games, defeating Bethany College (W. Va.), 9-0, and Western Connecticut State University, 2-1, on Friday afternoon to improve to 13-1 this season. GAME ONE: Shotwell Tosses Two-Hitter in Shutout Victory
Sophomore right-hander Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, N.J.) (pictured left) allowed just two hits as she picked up her third victory of the season with the 9-0 five-inning, shutout victory over Bethany College.
After the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a RBI single by junior Nikki Castagno (Staten Island, N.Y.), Kean scored seven runs in the third inning to break the game open.
Senior third baseman Kara Schultz (Clinton, N.J.) had an RBI single to drive in junior left fielder Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.), who led the inning off with a bunt single and stole both second and third bases.
Senior first baseman Katie Hicks (Medford Lakes, N.J.) walked to put runners on first and second, and the bottom of the Cougar lineup delivered four straight RBI hits to extend the lead to 6-0. Kean tacked on two more runs in the inning, taking advantage of an error to build the 8-0 advantage.
The Cougars tacked on one more run in the fifth inning, when senior shortstop Johanna Hedler (South Plainfield, N.J.) tripled to lead off the inning and would later score on an error.
At the plate, Castagno was a perfect 3-of-3 with a team-high two RBI and one run scored, while senior catcher Vicki Lanza (Edison, N.J.) was 2-of-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Hicks added a pair of walks and two runs scored in the victory.
With her fifth-inning triple, Hedler tied the program record with her 10th career triple.
GAME TWO: Kean Strikes Twice in Sixth to Rally Past WestConn, 2-1
Senior Kara Schultz was 2-of-3 with one RBI and senior Johanna Hedler recorded her 150th career hit to help lead the Cougars to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Western Connecticut State University in the team's final game of the spring trip on Friday afternoon.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Hedler led off with a double and would move over to third base on a bunt single by junior Jesse Buchanan to put runners on first and third with no outs.
Two batters later, Schultz drove in Hedler to tie the game with a bloop single to short centerfield. Later in the inning, senior Vicki Lanza (Edison, N.J.) had a two-out single down the left-field line to score Buchanan for the game-winning run.
Sophomore Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.) added a hit in the victory.
On the mound, rookie Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa.) (pictured right) went the distance, allowing just three hits and no earned runs to improve to 6-0 this season.
The Cougars open New Jersey Athletic Conference play on Saturday, March 29, with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.