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Senior righthander Charlie Law said earlier in the week that the Rutgers baseball team needed a good performance against Cincinnati. Law controlled the Scarlet Knights’ outcome against the Bearcats yesterday, and the Mainland, N.J., native delivered a 7-2 win in arguably his best outing of the year. Law lasted eight innings for head coach Fred Hill — a career high — and allowed just three hits in his third win this season.
Senior righthander Charlie Law went eight innings yesterday for Rutgers.
Losers of three of its last five, the Rutgers baseball team still has a chance to solidify itself atop the Big East standings with a series win at home against Cincinnati. A loss to Fordham will not help the Scarlet Knights (14-15, 6-3) record-wise, but senior righthander Charlie Law was able to pick out the positives from the defeat yesterday before practice. “We can potentially use it as a blessing in disguise because we had a really good comeback practice [Wednesday],” Law said.
Senior lefthander Rob Corsi will provide Rutgers with stability out of the bullpen if its starting rotation struggles Friday when it hosts Cincinnati. Senior lefthander Rob Smorol will get the start in the first game.
Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill was clear it would be a disappointment if the Scarlet Knights dropped midweek games to less talented opponents. Disappointment is an understatement, thanks to a four-run eighth inning by Fordham (12-20) yesterday to defeat Rutgers (14-15, 6-3), 15-14. “Both teams played pretty hard, but there’s not much we can do,” said freshman third baseman Matt Tietz, who hit 3-for-4 in the loss. “Kudos to both teams, but it was a tough loss.”
Freshman third baseman Matt Tietz was 3-for-4 in yesterday’s 15-14 loss.
After Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Seton Hall, Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill could not quite put a finger on what his team needed to take out of its performance. But then he got hold of the stat sheet. “I don’t know to be honest with you,” Hill said. “I guess we have to start swinging the bats better. If we swing the bats better with the defense we are presently playing and the pitching we’re getting, we’ll be alright.”
Junior outfielder Brian O’Grady and Rutgers will try to get back above .500 today on the road against Fordham.
Junior righthander Slater McCue will make his fourth start this season.
It was sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo’s drive to right field in the bottom of the seventh that summed up how the Rutgers baseball team was doing against Seton Hall lefthander Greg Terhune. It was a deep hit, but found its way into outfielder Scott Kalamar’s glove on the warning track. The bad luck was prevalent during Terhune’s one-hitter against the Scarlet Knights in yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Pirates at Bainton Field.
Sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrilo was one of only two Rutgers batters to collect a hit in yesterday’s 5-3 loss to Seton Hall. The Pirates won the three-game series against the Knights, 2-1, to move one game over .500.
Though Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill said Wednesday his team did not get as many hits as he would like to have seen against Iona, the Scarlet Knights still managed 10 hits, with RBIs in clutch situations. In the Knights’ (13-12, 5-1) past two games, they have strung together 27 hits and 21 runs, with the middle of the lineup finally producing like the veteran unit it is. Against Seton Hall, runs will be at a premium for the Pirates and Rutgers if both starting pitchers perform as they have been.
With the tying run at the plate, senior lefthander Rob Corsi balked with the count 1-1 on Iona first baseman Christian Choman to move runners to second and third with one out. But Corsi got Choman to fly out and Joe Smith grounded out to end the game for a 6-3 win and move the Rutgers baseball team above .500 for the first time this season. “A win is a win, whether it’s against Iona or any other team,” said head coach Fred Hill. “I don’t think you can say I’m not happy because the object is to win no matter what you do.”
Freshman third baseman Matt Tietz swings during the seventh inning of yesterday’s 6-3 win against Iona, where Tietz hit his first homerun.
For the first time playing at Bainton Field in 24 games, the Rutgers baseball team delivered in style during its first home game of the season. Senior catcher Jeff Melillo crushed two homeruns, junior outfielder Brian O’Grady extended his hitting streak and sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo was a homerun away from the cycle as the Scarlet Knights (12-12, 5-1) cruised to a 15-6 victory yesterday against Columbia (9-15).
Senior catcher Jeff Melillo swings at a pitch against Columbia during Rutgers’ 15-6 victory. Melillo went 4-for-4 with two homeruns and five RBI in the win.
Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill was interested in how his team would respond in its three games against Villanova. He can remain at ease for now — as the Scarlet Knights collected 16 hits in their 9-4 victory Saturday against the Wildcats, securing a series sweep. “We got some hits at the right time, which has been happening recently,” Hill said.
Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill said yesterday that his starting rotation’s performance impressed him the most — out of all the positives from the weekend sweep against Villanova. He has even more to be happy about thanks to senior righthander Tyler Gebler. Gebler was chosen as the Big East Baseball Pitcher of the Week yesterday afternoon — becoming the second Scarlet Knight starter to earn the award after senior lefthander Rob Smorol earned the same recognition earlier this year.
The Rutgers baseball team is off to its best start in Big East play since the 2010 season — thanks to series victories against Villanova and Louisville. The Scarlet Knights (11-12, 5-1) are still looking to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Six combined losses to Miami and Georgia Tech early in the season — when the offense was still trying to find its stride — did Rutgers no favors, but it has been performances against teams they should beat that leaves them with a losing record.
Junior outfielder Brian O’Grady extended his hitting streak to 12 games in Rutgers’ 9-4 victory Saturday against Villanova. He batted .384 in the three-game series.