UNION, N.J. -- Sophomore Sal Taormina recorded three doubles on the afternoon as third-ranked Kean earned a split with Gwynedd Mercy, falling in game one 5-3 and winning in the nightcap 5-4.
Sophomore Ryan Reitmeyer combined for four hits, a triple and an RBI as Kean improved to 2-1 this season. The games were the first for the Griffins in 2014, putting them at 1-1.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second in the opener as junior Anthony Fischetti drove home senior Joe O'Connor who reached via a leadoff walk. Junior James Lyczkowski made it 2-0 as his sacrifice bunt was enough to score Taormina, who got on with one of his three doubles.
The score would remain that way until the Griffins found life in the seventh. With one run in on a two out passed ball, Gwynedd Mercy took the lead with one swing of the bat as second baseman Christopher Hens ripped a triple to left field, driving home two.
Kean responded in the bottom of the same inning as senior Shane Alvarez started off the frame with a hustle double to left center that dropped between three fielders. After swiping third, he came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Ryan Kelley, knotting the game at three-all.
Outfielder Mike Marchitto started off the eighth with a triple and two batters later crossed the plate on a sacrifice line drive out to left from catcher John Burns. With two outs, outfielder Rick Elfreth keep things going with a double and he added insurance by scoring off a single from shortstop Frank Saviski.
Kean had an opportunity in their last at-bat with two runners in scoring position with one out, but reliever Andrew Hill was able to work out of the jam he caused with a strikeout and groundout to end the threat and seal the win.
Jamey Minnemeyer earned the win in relief. He tossed five innings allowing six hits and one run with five strikeouts. Hill allowed just one hit in the ninth for the save. Sophomore Chris Amato suffered the loss for the Cougars as he allowed two runs in two and a third innings of work, striking out three.
Offensively junior Andy Lopez led all players with three hits in game one.
Kean was first to strike in game two as Alvarez tripled in the first Cougar at-bat of the nightcap. Kelley made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to left. Reitmeyer continued the triple parade with a two out triple in the second and Alvarez drove him home with a single for a 2-0 lead after two.
The Griffins got one back in their half of the third with a two out, RBI single up the middle from first baseman Dante Cassano. Gwynedd Mercy took the lead, aided by two Cougar miscues in the fourth, as they tallied three runs, taking a 4-2 lead.
The Cougars chipped away and plated single runs in the fourth and sixth to knot the game at four-all. Reitmeyer provided an RBI single in the fourth, scoring Taormina (pictured right) who reached on a leadoff double. In the sixth it was Taormina again with a one-out double, later crossing the plate on an RBI single through the left side from catcher Michael Kendall.
Kendall came up with the game-winning RBI in the eighth as he doubled down the rightfield line, driving home O'Connor who started off the inning with a walk, one of four for him on the afternoon.
Sophomore Vinny Zanfordino entered with one batter on in the ninth and picked up the save, allowing just one hit.
Senior Nick Zucchero earned the win after tossing eight plus innings allowing four runs, two earned and seven singles. He fanned seven and walked just one. Beau Fleming suffered the loss in relief for Gwynedd Mercy. He allowed the game-winning run and two hits in two innings on the mound.
Reitmeyer finished with three hits in game number two while Cassano and Heaney each added two hits and an RBI in the loss.
No. 1 Linfield 1, Oregon Tech 0
McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Zach Brandoncarried a two-hitter through five innings, and Nick Fisher scored on a double-steal attempt in the bottom of the fifth as Linfield, wrapped up its preseason schedule with a narrow 1-0 victory against Oregon Tech on a cool and overcast Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
Linfield put a runner in scoring position in each of the first four frames, but failed to capitalize until the bottom of the fifth. Brandon, meanwhile, put together an impressive start, totaling four strikeouts and before three Wildcat relievers sewed up the win in a great pitcher's duel that concluded the annual CCC/NWC Crossover.
The ‘Cats finally rewarded Brandon with a bit of offense in the bottom of the fifth. Fisher reached for the third time on the afternoon when his grounder eluded shortstop Tyson Dahl, and advanced to third on Truex' deep single to left center. Truex took off on a called strike to Lindell, and though the senior first baseman was tagged out at second, it wasn't before Fisher traveled the 90 feet from third to home, touching the plate for a 1-0 Linfield advantage.
No. 10 Cortland State 4, No. 13 Salisbury 1
SALISBURY, Md. – Junior Brandon McClain pitched six innings of three-hit shutout ball as tenth-ranked Cortland State defeated 13th-ranked Salsibury 4-1 to earn a weekend series split with the Sea Gulls.
Cortland's defense turned four double plays, including a game-ending 6-4-3 twin killing with the potential tying run at the plate. Cortland recorded four double plays for the first time since an NCAA regional game versus Centenary (N.J.) in 2005 and its first game with four double plays on grounders since an NCAA regional-clinching win against RPI in 1998.
McClain struck out eight batters and walked none as he improved to 2-0 on the season. Senior Mark Palumbo gave up just one hit and one walk in two scoreless innings of relief. Junior Vinny Bomasuto pitched the ninth and allowed two hits, a hit batsman and one run before getting out of the jam.
Salisbury starter Dylan Anderson gave up just three hits and two walks and struck out seven over six innings. He permitted only one baserunner over the first four innings on a Chris Jackson two-out single in the first. In the fifth, however, he walked Donny Castaldo with one out and Max Rosing followed with an RBI double to center. Rosing stole third with two outs and scored on Tim Panetta's single to left.
The Red Dragons (3-1) added a run in the seventh without recording a hit. P.J. Rinaldi walked and was forced out on a fielder's choice grounder by Michael DeCarr. After DeCarr moved to second on a passed ball, Castaldo walked. With two outs, pinch-hitter Bryan Marotta reached on an error by the first baseman to score DeCarr.