GLASSBORO, N.J. — Rowan scored four runs in the ninth inning for an 8-7 victory against Neumann on Wednesday. The victory marked Prof head coach Juan Ranero’s 400th career win.
In the bottom of the ninth, Nick Kreiger and Kevin McMenamin had back-to-back walks. With one out, Mark Benak had a double to left-center field, scoring Krieger and McMenamin. Benak was thrown out going to third. Mark Magliaro and Brandon Winker each followed with a single. Nick Turano knocked in Magliaro with a single to center field, which tied the game. Sean Kelly recorded the game-winning RBI with a double that brought home Winkler.
Rowan improved to 14-4 overall while Neumann falls to 16-6 on the season.
Ranero has a career won-lost record of 400-271-5. In 12 seasons at Rowan, he is 291-168-4. This is his second stint with the Profs. Ranero coached from 1994-1998 (112-74-1) and returned in 2006 (179-94-3). Prior, he was the head coach at Barry from 2002-2005 (109-103-1).
Left-hander Kyle Brown was the winning pitcher in relief as he threw 1.1 scoreless innings and did not allow a hit. Neumann right-hander Erik Klimoff took the loss, pitching 0.2 innings and giving up four earned runs on five hits.
Benak ended the game with two hits (in three at bats) and four RBIs. Winkler went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Magliaro contributed with two hits (in five at bats), two runs scored one RBI and a double. Kelly chipped in with two hits (in three at bats), one RBI and a double. Turano added one hit and two RBIs for the Profs.
For Neumann, Joey Armata went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored, a double and a home run. Will Flores had two hits and left fielder Daron Moore registered two RBIs. Bobby McCormick produced one hit in three trips to the plate, one RBI and one run scored. Tyler Drinkard and Anthony LaCava each tallied one hit and one RBI. Marty Sessa added one hit and scored two runs in a losing effort for the Knights.
Neumann jumped out to a 6-0 lead after scoring four runs in the second inning and two in the third. Armata blasted a two-run homer to left-center field and Moore had a two-RBI double in the second. Armata crossed the plate on McCormick’s single in the third and he came home on a double by LaCava.
Rowan got on the scoreboard with three runs in the fifth inning. Benak drove in two runs with a single. Matt Hill came home on Magliaro’s fielder’s choice. Both teams produced one run in the eighth. Drinkard had a sacrifice fly that sent home Sessa before Turano hit a sacrifice fly that plated Magliaro.