Union, N.J. (3/2/13) – Senior Kevin Herget picked up his first win of the season as he fanned 11 in eight innings of work as the Kean University baseball topped visiting FDU-Florham, 7-1, Saturday afternoon.
Herget (1-0) allowed just two hits all afternoon with a single run (the first at-bat of the game) and one walk.
FDU-Florham (0-1) started off the 2013 season on the right foot as sophomore Frankie Tassielli led off the game with a solo shot to left field for a quick 1-0 lead.
The #7/10 Cougars (5-1) answered right back in their first at-bat as senior Nick Ramagli lofted a sacrifice fly to knot the game at one. Junior Tyler Smarslok scored on the play after reaching via a leadoff walk.
Kean took the lead for good in the bottom of the second as rookie Connor Paglia registered an infield RBI single, scoring junior Shane Alvarez who reached on a two-base error.
The score would remain that way until the bottom of the eighth as Kean plated five, aided by four walks and a hit batsman in the inning. Smarslok was the only Cougar to record an RBI via a hit in the inning, beating out ball in the hole.
Smarslok and Ramagli each finished with two hits while Alvarez crossed the plate twice in between the snowflakes.
Starter Jake Hazen suffered the loss for the Devils. Hazen allowed two runs, one earned in five innings. He walked one and struck out one, while allowing seven hits. Offensively, Tassielli recorded two hits for FDU.
The Cougars close out their home stand on Tuesday when they host Gwynedd-Mercy College at 3 p.m.