Smith Wins 100th game as Gothic Knights Rally Past Staten Island

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | In 2012, Jerry Smith made the leap from being a successful high school baseball coach to coaching in one of the top conferences in NCAA Division III. Smith has been a success and has done so while changing the culture of the New Jersey City University baseball program-all while recruiting quality student-athletes, many of whom have become record breakers on the diamond. On March 28, his 2018 version of the Gothic Knights rewarded him with a major career milestone-his 100th career victory.

NJCU (7-4) rallied from a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning and two runs apiece in the seventh and eighth as the Gothic Knights upended Staten Island (5-6) by an 8-4 margin at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex.

Smith becomes just the third coach in the 71-year history of the program to win 100 games, joining Ken Heaton (255 wins, 18 seasons, 1990-2007) and Larry Babich (128 wins, 13 seasons, 1973-85) in the 100-win club. Of his three current assistant coaches, Nick Cesare and Raj Subramanian have coached alongside Smith in all 100 of those wins.

Junior shortstop Nick LoGatto (Helmetta, NJ/Spotswood) had the biggest blow-a no-doubt-about-it two-run shot to left center in the seventh that broke a 4-4 deadlock. LoGatto batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Meanwhile, NJCU had just one hit through the first four innings but rallied to outhit the Dolphins, 13-12 on a day where both teams played error-free ball.

Senior right-handed relief pitcher Dan Foley (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East), in his second year with the program, earned his first win as a Gothic Knight in brilliant fashion-allowing just one hit in the final four innings of work. Overall, Foley, threw 5.0 innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run. He struck out three and walked none over 60 pitches as the third and final pitcher to throw for NJCU. Foley also picked off back-to-back base runners in the fifth inning with two on and one out to get out of the only jam he faced.

Also for NJCU, junior second baseman Tom Pulcine (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan) and sophomore designated hitter Lenin Gomez (Edison, NJ/Edison) each drove in two runs. Sophomore left fielder Bill Feehan (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Boro), sophomore right fielder Juan Pena (Perth Amboy, NJ/Perth Amboy) and junior Jan Castellano (Prospect Park, NJ/Paterson Eastside) each batted 2-for-4 with a run scored; Pena also knocked in an RBI. Junior righty Sean Gibney (Rutherford, NJ/Saint Mary-Rutherford) started for NJCU and allowed just one run in 3.0 innings, striking out two (two walks) against five hits.