Ninth-ranked Kean earns doubleheader sweep against Farmingdale State
UNION, N.J. -- No. 9 Kean cruised to a doubleheader sweep of Farmingdale State in the regular-season finale. Final scores were 2-0 and 18-3 on Friday at Jim Hynes Stadium.
The Cougars finished the regular season with a 34-10 overall record.
In the opener, senior Kevin Herget breezed to a complete game shutout as he allowed just six singles and no walks with five strikeouts to improve to 8-2 this season. Herget now has 29 career wins with the Cougars, setting a new standard in that category. Herget passed former Cougar Dan Zeffiro who had 28.
Kean plated two runs in the third frame as senior Nick Ramagli drove in two with a one-out single up the middle.
Junior Tyler Smarslok finished the first contest with a 2-for-2 performance with a run scored and stolen base. Junior Daniel Paccione collected two of the Rams' six singles.
In game two, the Cougars pounded out 18 runs and 19 hits as both teams combined to use 44 players in the matchup.
Kean jumped on the board with a six spot in the first inning and breezed to the doubleheader sweep. In the Cougars' first at-bat, sophomore Andy Lopez recorded an RBI single, while junior Joe O'Connor tallied an RBI on a groundball error. Rookie Ryan Kelley registered one of his four hits in game two and picked up an RBI as Kean led 6-0 after one.
Farmingdale scratched across single runs in the third and fourth, but Kean held a controlling 8-2 lead and pushed that advantage even further with five multiple-run innings in total.
Sophomore Charles Thielmann (8-2) earned the win with a five-inning effort. He allowed two runs and six hits with two strikeouts. Senior Anthony Eilers suffered the loss. Eilers only recorded one out and allowed three runs and two hits.
Offensively Kelley was 4-for-5 with two RBI and a double. O'Connor finished game two 2-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, including a double and triple. Freshman Salvatore Taormina added three hits and two RBIs, while junior Scott Kinney was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a triple.