Newark, N.J. (5/17/14) – Junior Charles Thielmann tossed eight innings and sophomore Sal Taormina was 3-for-4 as the Kean University baseball team edged Rutgers-Camden, 5-4, in the NCAA N.Y. Regional.
With the win the Cougars (33-12) stave off elimination and will face Farmingdale State College this evening in Game 12. The loss eliminates Rutgers-Camden (30-13-1) with their second loss in the tournament.
Thielmann (4-4) allowed three runs, two earned, and 10 hits while striking out five. Sophomore Vinny Zanfordino picked up his fifth save of the season by tossing the ninth.
Camden took a 1-0 lead in the second after crossing the plate on an error. Kean took the lead, a lead they would not relinquish, with two runs in the fourth. Matt Meleo and Taormina led off the inning with back-to-back singles and a successful sacrifice from Joe O'Connor moved both into scoring position. Junior Andy Lopez was then hit for the second time on the afternoon to load the bases for Ryan Reitmeyer who delivered with an RBI single to tie the game at one. Ryan Kelley followed with a sacrifice fly to give Kean a 2-1 lead, they would not relinquish.
The Cougars added two more in their half of the sixth as again Reitmeyer and Kelley (pictured left) provided RBI, this time in reversed roles as Reitmeyer provided a sac fly and Kelley connected for an RBI single.
Each team chipped away with Camden recording single runs in the sixth and seventh and Kean adding another in the seventh. The Scarlet Raptors mounted a rally in the ninth, bringing across a run with two outs on an RBI single. Zanfordino was able to work into and out of trouble to hold on to the win.
Offensively Meleo added two hits while Taormina scored twice.