Head coach Ioviero, O'Connor lead Kean to program's first in-season No. 1 rank
UNION, N.J. -- Kean has been named the top team in Division III this week as announced by D3baseball.com on Tuesday.
The No. 1 ranking is the first in-season top honor for the Cougar program and just the second top spot ranking in history. After claiming the national championship, the Cougars finished the 2007 season as the top team in the final American Baseball Coaches Association poll.
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The Cougars are currently 21-5 overall and are riding a six-game win streak.
Head coach Neil Ioviero is in the midst of his 16th season at the helm of the Kean baseball program. Under his guidance, the team has grown into one of the premiere programs in the nation culminating with the program's first national championship in 2007 and five World Series appearances (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012). He currently boasts a 498-187-2 (.726) record.
On the mound, the Cougars are led by senior Kevin Herget, who has amassed 60 strikeouts in seven starts this season, putting him in the top 20 nationally. Senior Sam Fourre and sophomore Charles Thielmann have combined for eight wins as their squad boasts a 2.82 ERA. Thielmann has also added three saves to his credit.
Offensively, junior Joe O'Connor headlines almost every statistical category as he leads the team in batting average, hits, runs scored, doubles, triples, RBIs, walks, stolen bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
As a unit, the Cougars are currently in the top 10 nationally with a .972 fielding percentage.