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For the Rutgers baseball team, the same issues arose yesterday that have been facing them all season. While the Scarlet Knights offense has produced time and time again, their pitching staff has been inconsistent. The Knights dropped the second game of their midweek series at Iona, 6-4, after beating the Gaels (4-13) on Tuesday, 7-5, at home.
Junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio said the pitchers kept the game close and Rutgers was unable to support them offensively.
Head coach Joe Litterio said he was not satisfied with the quality of at-bats.
There are a few things that can help a young pitching staff become more acclimated and make their job easier. For the Rutgers baseball team, several things have been stressed all year by head coach Joe Litterio in order to benefit the young pitching staff. Chief among the concerns from Litterio were amassing enough innings for the young pitchers.
Junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio slides into third base after hitting a triple in the bottom of the eighth inning. D’Annunzio scored the vital seventh run for Rutgers.
Redshirt freshman righthander Kyle Driscoll throws one of his 91 pitches in his five-inning outing. Although Driscoll let up two walks and needed 91 pitches, he pitched effectively, only allowing one hit and no earned runs.
Two midweek games were supposed to present a difficult challenge for the Rutgers baseball team. A pair of games back-to-back on the road against Columbia in New York City and Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., was scheduled before the Scarlet Knights (9-13, 2-3) played 11 out of 12 games in Piscataway.
Head coach Joe Litterio said Kevin Baxter helped preserve Rutgers’ bullpen.
Usually in baseball, a team will play nine innings and then call it a day.Occasionally, a team will play a doubleheader and might have to play back-to-back nine-inning games. The Rutgers baseball team was tasked Saturday in Storrs, Conn., with having to play 21 innings. Originally, the Scarlet Knights were supposed to play a normal series with a game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the game on Friday was postponed to resume on Saturday in the top of the seventh inning due to inclement weather.
Senior first baseman Brian O’Grady went 3-for-6 in two games and scored three runs in the series against UConn.
Going 1-2 against an opponent in a weekend series is usually seen as less than ideal for any team who wants to win more games than it loses.But for the Rutgers baseball team, dropping two of three against No. 7 Louisville last weekend was not the worst thing that could have happened to the team.
Freshman infielder Christian Campbell had four hits, two runs and two RBI during the three-game series this past weekend against Louisville. Campbell said the Cardinals top pitchers prepared him for conference play.
Aside from its connecting flight being unable to take off, forcing the Rutgers baseball team to take a bus from Louisville, Ky., back to New Brunswick, the spring break road trip was, for the most part, successful. The success started with youth on the mound earning opportunities to collect innings and give the coaching staff a better picture of the rotation and pitching staff.
Freshman outfielder Mike Carter has played an integral role in Rutgers’ offensive production this season as the leadoff hitter. He is hitting .274 on the season and is tied for the team lead with 10 walks.
When facing the No. 7 team in the nation, having a 19-year-old make only his second career start is typically less than ideal. But that is just what the Rutgers baseball team (8-12, 1-2) did when closing out its spring break road trip Sunday against No. 7 Louisville (17-6, 2-1). The duties fell on freshman righthander Gaby Rosa.
With temperatures at first pitch hovering above 61 degrees, the Rutgers baseball team was happy yesterday to have their first game of the season at home. Deviating from their weekend pitching staff, the Scarlet Knights (5-8) sent sophomore righthander Reed Shuttle to the mound for his first start of the season against Hofstra (5-7).
Sophomore righthander Reed Shuttle follows through on one of his 62 pitches for the day en route to his first career victory for Rutgers. Shuttle pitched five innings, allowed only four hits and one earned run.
Senior shortstop Pat Sweeney batted 4-for-4 for Rutgers and added two runs and one RBI in yesterday’s home win.
When the skies finally opened up this past weekend in Piscataway and gave the Rutgers community temperatures in the 50-degree range, the Rutgers baseball team was nowhere to be found. The Scarlet Knights were in Oklahoma playing in a three-game series against the Sooners.
Junior outfielder Vinny Zarrillo went 4-for-5 in Rutgers’ game against Oklahoma on Sunday. Zarrillo said the Knights will look to continue their strong hitting this season in their first home game of the year.