Montclair, N.J. (4/14/17) – The Kean University baseball team collected 11 hits, but it was not enough as Montclair State University forged ahead to an 8-3 win on Friday afternoon.
The loss drops Kean to 18-11 overall and 4-4 in NJAC play while MSU improves to 9-15 this season and 3-5 in the conference.
The Red Hawk offense tallied 17 hits in total to even the season series with Kean at one apiece. Joe Foote, Ryan Long, Ryan Theime, Joe Norton and Sebastian Severino all contributed multi-hit efforts.
MSU stuck early with two runs in the first and led wire-to-wire. In the first the Red Hawks got on an RBI single from Phil Scott, and a double from Norton that scored Scott from first base.
Kean cut the lead in half with an infield single from Derek Walker in the third. Montclair added another in the third and the Cougars again responded with one in the fourth as Matt Krupa scored on an outfield error.
That would be as close as Kean would get, however, as MSU plated runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. The Cougars final run came in the seventh with an RBI single from Frank LoGuidice.
Montclair's offense was backed by starting pitcher Connor Lindsay. Lindsay went seven innings and allowed three runs while scattering eight hits and striking out five, with no walks. He was relieved by Taylor Parsons, who went the final two innings and earned his third save of the season. Lindsay improved to 4-2 with the win. Kean starter Richie Ferguson took the loss after exiting after the third.
Offensively Krupa (pictured left) was 3-for-4 in the loss.
Kean returns home to face William Paterson in a doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. It is also senior day.