BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Former Gov. Livingston baseball pitching standouts Nick Cocchia and Vin Doren now freshman hurlers, both notched their first collegiate wins last week for their respective universities.
Cocchia starting his second game of the season for Montclair State University,tossed six innings of shutout ball against Penn State-Abington for his first career win as the Mountain Hawks came away with a 5-0 victory. Doren picked up his first career win working in relief for Drew University as he blanked Penn State –Behrend over two innings of work as the Rangers rallied for three runs for a 13-10 come from behind victory.
While at Gov. Livingston, both hurlers were mainstays of the pitching staff the past two seasons as the Highlanders captured a Union County Championship (2016) and a state sectional title (2017) while leading the team to a 47-14 record the past 2 seasons.
In two starts this season for Montclair State (8-3), Cocchia has logged 11.1 innings giving up one earned run and six hits while striking out 11 batters. In his first collegiate start Cocchia left a 1-1 game after going 5.1 innings in a game Montclair State eventually lost 2-1. He followed that first start with another dominating outing, giving up just 3 hits and no runs in six innings of work before once again yielding to the Mountain Hawk bullpen . His outstanding performance against PSU-Abington earned him his first collegiate award as he was named the NJAC Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week.
Coming exclusively out of the bullpen for Drew (9-3), Doren has recorded two wins and a save for the Rangers this season. Against Penn Sate-Behrend Doren, entered a tie game in the bottom of the 9th inning. Doren struck out the first two hitters of the inning and got the last out on a pop up. After Drew scored three runs in the top of the 10th to take the lead, Doren then put the home team down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning for his first career win. Doren has pitched to a team leading 1.17 era in 7.2 innings of work. He has struck out 8 batters while giving up just one earned run in his 5 appearances.
The former teamamtes both recorded their wins in Florida as Drew and Montclair State were on early season warm weather trips. Now the snowy weather back home will surely interrupt the local college baseball schedules.
In addition to Cocchia, Montclair State has former Highlanders juniors Ian Lynch and John Tedesco on the roster. Lynch is ripping it up again this year hitting at a .344 clip through 11 games.