With an exceptional record of 37-12, the Kean Cougars Baseball Team wrapped up its 2012 season with a trip to the World Series and a sixth place spot on the nationwide D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 year-end poll. The only other New Jersey Athletic Conference team on the poll was Ramapo, which finished 23rd in the nation.
Pitcher Ryan Zamorsky, who racked up honors as Pitcher Of The Year in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and only the fourth Kean baseball player in history to be named to the D3baseball.com All-American team, said the team’s success this season was a testament to a perfect blend of defense and offense.
“We had one of the best defenses in the country,’’ said Zamorsky, a senior from Branchburg, NJ. “As a pitcher I just threw strikes and was never worried that the defense wouldn’t make plays for me. And with our offense, it has always been timely hitting. You can’t win if you don’t score.’’
Head Baseball Coach Neil Ioviero was also named the American Baseball Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the year for 2012. It was the fourth time that Ioviero has earned the honor during his tenure at Kean. He currently holds a 477-182-2 record in 15 seasons at Kean.
Zamorsky was also selected as the ECAC (East Coast Athletic Conference) Metro Pitcher of The Year while pitchers Steve Sanguiliano and Joe O’Connor were named ECAC All-Stars.
Zamorsky said the honors were very exciting to receive.
“It’s pretty cool and not something that I expected,’’ said Zamorsky, a physical education/health Kean graduate who aspires to one day become a college coach.