Kean races past No. 3 Keystone
Cougars score six runs in first inning, hold on to drop Giants
LA PLUME, Pa. -- Ninth-ranked Kean exploded for six runs in their first at-bat en-route to topping No. 3 Keystone 10-1 on Wednesday afternoon in a key Mid-Atlantic matchup.
The Cougars improve to 32-10 this season with one regular-season game left to play at Farmingdale State on Friday evening. The Giants fall to 35-6 in their final regular-season matchup. Both teams earned their respective conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, slated to begin next Wednesday.
Kean pounded out six runs and six hits in the top of the first as senior Eddie Jennings got things started with a two-run double. Sophomore Joe O'Connor followed later in the frame with an RBI single. Senior Vinny Galya kept the inning going with an RBI double and sophomore Tyler Smarslok rounded out the scoring with an RBI single.
The Cougars added a single run in the third and tacked on two more in the seventh. Kean rounded out the scoring with a single run in the ninth.
Kean was led by Smarslok who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs while O'Connor was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Galya finished the night with two RBIs and two hits with a double while Jennings collected two RBIs on two doubles. Senior Dylan Laguna crossed the plate three times with two hits in three at-bats.
On the mound, senior Mike Russo picked up his sixth win. Russo tossed five innings allowing six hits with five strikeouts. Senior Chris Cirlincione earned the save after tossing four innings. Cirlincione allowed four hits with four strikeouts. He also allowed one run.