Kean makes sure first time is the charm

Kean hoists the Walnut and Bronze as the Cougars celebrate their national championship.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, D3sports.com

Kean took advantage of two Emory errors in the bottom of the 10th inning to load the bases with nobody out and Perry Schatzow came through with an infield single to give the Cougars a 5-4 win and the 2007 Division III baseball national championship on Tuesday afternoon in Grand Chute, Wis.

Schatzow's hit went in the hole between third base and shortstop and while Emory knocked the ball down, shortstop Brandon Custer had no play anywhere as Joseph D'Andrea scored the winning run from third. 

Kean (43-8) overcame a gutsy effort by Emory starter Ian Ganzer, who went nine innings on short rest, to run the table in the championships round. 

Andrew Cupido got the win with 5-2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Kean, which won the national title for the first time. "They came here with a lot of confidence," coach Neil Ioviero said after the game. "We knew we wouldn't get a lot of respect; we'd have to earn it."

Schatzow was named to the All-Tournament team. The Most Outstanding Player award went to UW-Stevens Point's Jordan Zimmermann.

Dan Mattonelli provided the first two runs for Kean. After Maikel De La Rosa doubled in the first inning, Mattonelli brought him in with a single. He added a sac fly in the third to score Joseph D'Andrea, who had tripled. 

Steve Bralver got Emory (43-10) on top. He hit a homer in the fourth and a bases-loaded single in the fifth to help give the Eagles a 4-3 lead. Kean tied it in the bottom of the inning with help from two Emory errors and neither scored again until the 10th inning.