Johannink's 7.2 innings of relief helps Rowan salvage two-game split with Kean
UNION, N.J. -- Rowan captured a 7-4 win against No. 2 Kean in the second game of its final conference doubleheader on Saturday. The Cougars nabbed a 4-3 victory in the opener and clinched the top seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) tournament.
Kean moved to 30-8, 14-4 in conference. Rowan is now 28-12 overall, 12-6 in the NJAC.
In the first game, the score was tied at three going into the ninth inning. Left fielder Joe O’Connor delivered a sacrifice fly and second baseman Tyler Smarslok scored the winning run.
Smarslock ended the game with two hits, a triple and two runs scored. Right fielder Shane Alvarez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Catcher James Lyczkowski and shortstop Nick Ramagli each contributed three hits. Designated hitter Ryan Reitmeyer added a hit and a run scored.
Right-hander Charles Thielmann (7-1) pitched a complete game in the victory. He allowed three runs, one earned. Righty Brian Sietsma (0-3) took the loss. He gave up one earned run.
For Rowan, left fielder Nick Kreiger went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Second baseman Mark Benak produced two hits and an RBI. Catcher Stephen Petriello had a double and one RBI. Center fielder Eric Perez registered two hits in four at-bats with two runs scored.
In the second contest, right-hander Dylan Johannink (3-0) threw 7.2 relief innings for the win. He only allowed three hits and had nine strikeouts. Righty Andrew Torres (1-1) was the losing pitcher. He gave up one hit and two runs (one earned).
Profs’ right fielder Eric Sellitto produced two hits and a pair of RBIs. Third baseman Kevin McMenamin was 3-for-5 with a double and one run scored. Kreiger produced two hits with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Shortstop Ryan Williams contributed two hits and one RBI. Catcher C.J. Szymczak chipped in with a double and one RBI. First baseman Sean Kelly had two RBIs.
Smarslok had two hits in four at-bats and two RBIs. Designated hitter Aaron MacKenzie registered one hit, two RBIs and one run scored. Right fielder Ryan Kelley had two hits and one run scored.
Rowan trailed 4-1 after Kean scored four runs in the second inning. The Profs went ahead 5-4 in the third. Kelly reached base on a fielder’s choice and Kreiger crossed the plate on an error. Sellitto drove in two runs with a single to left field. Benak and designated hitter Casey Grimes each scored. Williams knocked in Kelly with a single. Rowan sealed the win with two runs in the ninth inning. McMenamin led off with a double down the left field line and came home on a double by Szymczak. Kreiger drove in pinch runner Bobby Romano with a double down the right field line.