Union, N.J. (4/8/17) – The Kean University and Stockton University baseball teams combined to collect 39 hits in a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon in NJAC action.
The opener belonged to the Ospreys (11-10, 3-2 NJAC) who plated six runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead. In that frame, Joe Pipher registered a two RBI double, Garrhet Reedy tallied a two RBI single, and Mike DeSenzo and Zach Gusitities each provided RBI singles as Stockton batted around.
They put the game out of reach in the fifth with four more runs. James Wines had a two RBI single in the inning.
Kean (15-10, 2-3 NJAC) erased the shutout with single runs in the sixth and ninth.
Nick LaPorta was 4-for-5 with two runs scored to lead the offense for Stockton who would win the opener, 11-2.
Brandon Perna (4-1) tossed a complete game, 136 pitch outing with seven strikeouts and no earned runs.
Both teams had offensive surges in the nightcap but it was the Cougars pulling out a 13-8 victory.
Kean scored in all but two innings and took a 7-0 lead after three spots in the first and fourth innings. In the first, the Cougars used an RBI sac fly from Nick Polizzano with the bases loaded, an RBI single from Frank Urso and a balk from the Ospreys for the 3-0 lead.
Stockton responded in the fifth with five runs to cut the deficit to two. Pipher had a key two RBI double in the rally.
Kean answered back with four more in their next at-bat as Jim Fitzgerald collected an RBI single, Derek Walker a two RBI single and Krupa an RBI double. That was enough of a cushion as each team added runs down the stretch for the final.
Cole and Krupa (pictured left) were 3-for-4 apiece each with two RBI. For the Ospreys, Pipher was 2-for-5 with three RBI, including a homer.
Kean heads to Mahwah on Sunday for a makeup with Ramapo College at 1 p.m.