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Howie Brey said it took him a while to get rid of the jitters associated with playing as a freshman. But the reliever delivered another important performance for the Rutgers baseball team yesterday, an appearance that helped the Scarlet Knights (20-19, 8-7) capture a 9-5 home victory against Wagner (15-23) at Bainton Field.
Freshman reliever Howie Brey pitched 4.2 yesterday in Rutgers’ 9-5 win.
Senior rightfielder Steve Zavala hit 3-for-4 yesterday against Wagner, a 9-5 win for Rutgers. He also collected an RBI in Rutgers’ second win in as many days.
An offense that featured five starters with .300 or better averages was not the ideal opponent for a pitcher making his first collegiate start.But sophomore righthander Jon Young responded with six-and-two-thirds innings yesterday for the Rutgers baseball team (19-19, 8-7) against Delaware (26-13) for a 4-2 victory.
Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill was disappointed the Scarlet Knights were unable to get at least one victory this weekend against Pittsburgh. But he also knows his team has some time to recover what made them successful in Big East play.
Sophomore righthander Jon Young will start today against Delaware.
Sophomore righthander Jon Young will start today against Delware.
After senior righthander Charlie Law left in the bottom of the ninth with one runner on in a 3-3 ballgame, freshman reliever Howie Brey was called in for the Rutgers baseball team to duplicate his late-game heroics from earlier last week.
Freshman reliever Howie Brey could not duplicate his late-game success from earlier last week, serving up the game-winning runs in the ninth inning of Game 3 yesterday against Pittsburgh. The loss handed RU a sweep.
It was only appropriate Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight” played in the background after the Rutgers baseball team’s 7-6 win Wednesday against Monmouth. Eight out of the Scarlet Knights’ next nine games will take place away from Bainton Field as the road stand begins today against Pittsburgh.
Senior right fielder Steve Zavala hit 3-for-4 in Wednesday’s 7-6 victory against Monmouth. Zavala and the rest of Rutgers’ offense will take their hot hitting into a three-game series beginning today against Pittsburgh.
As Monmouth centerfielder Kyle Perry popped up behind home plate to senior catcher Jeff Melillo with two outs in the top of the seventh, it signaled the start of freshman Howie Brey’s most important relief appearance in his short career. Brey was able to last into the ninth, as the Rutgers baseball team (18-16, 8-4) defeated the Hawks, 7-6, yesterday at Bainton Field.
Freshman reliever Howie Brey got an opportunity yesterday during Rutgers’ 7-6 home victory against Monmouth. Brey threw 3.1 innings of shutout relief for the Knights and collected his first save.
Back-and-forth contests have been a constant for the Rutgers baseball team during its midweek games. While yesterday’s game against Lafayette (6-31) was no different, the Scarlet Knights (17-16, 8-4) were able to escape Easton, Pa., with a 14-8 win against the Leopards. While Lafayette managed to plate runs in three of its first five innings, sophomore righthander Jon Young prevented any runs after that.
Sophomore reliever Jon Young pitched 4.2 innings with four strikeouts in relief yesterday to earn his first win of the season.
Sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo hit 3-for-5 in yesterday’s 14-8 win against Lafayette. Zarrillo also had one RBI in Rutgers’ first midweek victory since April 3.
The Rutgers baseball team has been here before. After the Scarlet Knights (16-16, 8-4) took two of three March 22-23 against then-No. 4 Louisville, they responded with a 9-3 loss to Rider. They then won six of nine before suffering a last inning loss of 15-14 at the hands of Fordham, who was 12-19 before the win.
When Charlie Law walked off Bainton Field on Sunday in the eighth inning against Cincinnati, he capped one of the more successful series for head coach Fred Hill’s weekend rotation. “For the most part, [senior lefthander Rob] Smorol and [senior righthander Tyler] Gebler have been pitching real well, so [Law’s performance] gives us a third option,” Hill said.
Senior catcher Jeff Melillo, along with the rest of Rutgers’ lineup, will be called upon to compensate for the team’s struggles on the mound during midweek games. Melillo is batting .283 this season with 17 RBI.
Senior righthander Charlie Law collected his third win this year when he pitched eight innings Sunday against Cincinnati.