UNION, N.J. -- No. 22 Rowan defeated No. 8 Kean, 7-2 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Thursday.

The Profs are 21-11 overall and 5-6 in the conference. The Cougars have a 23-8 record with an 8-3 NJAC mark.

Mike Behar threw 6.2 innings for the win. Behar (5-0) only allowed two runs, one earned on six hits. Ryan Peterson was on the mound for the final 2.1 innings and earned his fourth save. Chris Cirlincione took the loss, in 6.1 innings, he (4-2) gave up nine hits and three runs, two earned.

Kevin McMenamin led the Profs with four hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Nick Turano contributed with two hits and two runs scored. Sean Kelly added a double, two RBIs and one run scored. 

Nick Krieger collected three hits in five at bats and one RBI. Matt Hill registered one hit (three at bats), one RBI and one run scored. Eric Perez posted two hits, one double, in four trips to the plate. Marc Magliaro tallied one hit and one RBI while second baseman Brandon Winkler had a double and one run scored. Mark Benak scored one run.

For Kean, Vinny Galya went two for five with a double and one run scored. Steve Sanguiliano totaled two hits (four at bats), one RBI and one run scored. Eddie Jennings and Tyler Smarslok each had one hit.

The score was tied at two after five innings. The Profs went ahead with one run in the top of the sixth. Turano singled up the middle for the first at bat and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. He went to third after a fly out to center field. McMenamin drove in Turano with a single down the left-field line. 

Rowan held a 4-2 lead in the eighth. McMenamin got on base with a single to center field.  He moved to third after a double by Perez and came home on Kreiger’s single. The Profs added three insurance runs in the ninth inning. With two outs, Turano had a base hit to left-center field and Hill was hit by a pitch. Kelly ripped a double to right field that sent Turano and Hill home. McMenamin singled to center field and Kelly scored. 

Both teams registered two runs in the first inning. In the top half, Winkler led off with a double to left-center field. Benak had a sacrifice bunt and reached base on an error.  Magliaro plated Winkler with a single up the middle. With two outs, Hill’s RBI single brought Benak home. In the bottom half, Galya led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Galay crossed the plate on Sanguiliano’s base hit to left center field. Sanguiliano advanced to second on the throw and moved to third on an error. He scored the tying run on an error.