Ramapo Rallies Past Baseball, 6-5

Mahwah, N.J. (4/6/18) – Ramapo College scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally past the Kean University baseball team on Friday afternoon in NJAC action.

The Roadrunners (15-8, 2-2 NJAC) got on the board with one run in the bottom of the first inning when senior Bobby Shannon drove home senior Matt Chemis with a single to left field for a quick 1-0 lead. Ramapo added three runs in the third inning on three hits. The bases were loaded with no outs when junior Vincenzo Sita plated two runs with a RBI single through the left side of the infield allowing senior Connor Walsh and Shannon to score. Following an infield error the bases were loaded once again as junior Chris Nierva plated senior Joe Maugeri with an infield ground out for a 4-0 lead.

Kean (11-14, 2-2 NJAC) scratched one run across in the top of the fourth inning as John Carello plated Nick Polizzano with a RBI single 4-1. The Cougars began their come back in the fifth when they added two runs to come within one 4-3 before they added a pair in the eighth inning. Brian Cole connected on his first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence for a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Junior Kevin Foulds, who entered the game in relief in the eighth inning and recorded the final out, worked the ninth inning and held the Cougars scoreless. Following the first out of the inning, Sita was hit-by-a-pitch before being lifted for pinch runner senior Evan Ochlan. The Cougars recorded a fly out for out number two.  Nierva was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second before being lifted for pinch runner sophomore Kyle Buser. Kuzmenko drew a walk to load the bases before Chemis beat out an infield hit to third base allowing Ochlan to score with the game-tying run 5-5. Unglaub then stepped to the plate and poked a ball through the right side of the infield as Buser scored with the game-winning run.

Carello was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI while Matt Krupa was 2-for-5 and an RBI.

Kean will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Stockton University in a rescheduled doubleheader.