LAKEWOOD, NJ – Kean University's Felix Urena drilled a bases-clearing, three-run triple to tie the game at 6-6 and then scored on a sacrifice fly as the Division II/III All-Stars scored five times in the eighth inning to rally for a 7-6 victory over the Division I All-Stars in the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) All-Star game, played this afternoon at FirstEnergy Park. Urena earned MVP honors for his role in the victory.
Division I starter Dan McDonald (Seton Hall) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, as the Division I All-Stars jumped out to a 6-2 lead after seven innings. Jon Walsh (Seton Hall) led off the second inning with a double and scored on a single from St. Peter's OF Wayne Guarino for the game's first run, while Rutgers' Jeff Grose drilled a solo home run in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Rutgers' Cory Rodriguez led off the third with a single to right and scored when Todd Frazier (Rutgers) reached on a fielder's choice three batters later. An infield hit from Guarino, followed by a throwing error, allowed Monmouth's Andy Meyers (hit by pitch) to score in the fourth inning, while Rutgers' Colin Gaynor and Seton Hall's Tim Pahuta opened the seventh with back-to-back doubles and eventually scored for a 6-2 lead.
The Division II/III All-Stars broke through on a throwing error in the third, which allowed Caldwell's Ryan McGee, who had reached on a leadoff single, to score. They added another run in the sixth on Nigel Archibald's (Centenary) RBI single, which scored Johnathan Moehling (Bloomfield), who reached base safely three times in the game.
Eric Hines (Caldwell) earned the victory for the II/III All-Stars, while Matt Novella of Rutgers-Camden left the tying run stranded on third in the final inning to pick up the save. Gaynor and Guarino each had two hits for the Division I All-Stars as the game's only repeat hitters.
The NJCBA Awards banquet will take place on May 31 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.