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The Rutgers baseball team (20-10, 5-7) hosted Penn State (24-17, 9-6) this weekend for a three-game series at Bainton Field, the first time the Nittany Lions have played on the Banks since 1987. There was excitement surrounding the series heading into the weekend, as the Scarlet Knights entered having won their previous two midweek games to give them some momentum.They took advantage of this recent wave of strong play, as the Knights won the series by taking 2 of 3 games.Playing in front of their home fans for three straight games gave Rutgers some confidence, and it parlayed that into reeling off some crucial Big Ten victories over a rival.
The ebbs and flows (i don't like this) of any sports season lead to teachable moments that hopefully result in better execution in bigger games.The Rutgers baseball team (18-19, 3-6) has endured many tough moments throughout the 2016 season, having suffered nine losses in winnable games by 1-run.But the Scarlet Knights are coming off two midweek victories in which they outscored their opponents 20-8 with the first coming at home and the second on the road.They have some momentum now heading into a weekend series as they prepare to welcome Penn State (23-15, 8-4) into Bainton Field.
A pair of midweek games prior to welcoming in Penn State for a series this weekend seemed like a potential trap for the Rutgers baseball team (18-19, 3-6), but the Scarlet Knights saw things differently.After shaking off a slow start and beating Delaware State at their home, Bainton Field on Tuesday, the Knights responded with another win on Wednesday by traveling to Wagner (10-23.
A beautiful sunny day at Bainton Field seemed to be the perfect setting for the Rutgers baseball team (17-19, 3-6) to get back on track after dropping a series against Ohio State last weekend.The Scarlet Knights love playing on the Banks at their home field, and proved it again by beating Delaware State (9-27, 9-5) in front of their home fans 12-8.Things started off slow for the Knights in this game, as they traded leads with the Hornets back and forth until late in the game when they broke ahead for good.Despite the slow start, it was the kind of all-around effort Rutgers was hoping to see as it is in the midst of 15 games in 20 days, and it led the Knights to a bounce back victory.“A win is always good to get,” said head coach Joe Litterio.
With the New Jersey weather finally beginning to heat up, the Rutgers baseball team (16-19, 3-6) hopes to do the same on Tuesday when it returns home for a midweek matchup against Delaware State (9-26, 9-5).The Scarlet Knights will be looking to turn things around after dropping 2 of 3 games on the road against Ohio State over the weekend, but there were highlights to take away from the series.They received great pitching in games one and three, including a 7-4 victory in the opener but were unable to get the bats going in the series finale, falling 2-1.As Rutgers returns home to play at Bainton Field, it is hoping the familiar confines on the Banks will put them back on the winning track with more conference games ahead.“It’s a great thing about baseball that you quickly get a chance to get out there and face another opponent,” said head coach Joe Litterio.
The Rutgers baseball team (16-19, 3-6) made its first ever trip to play at Ohio State (23-12-1, 3-6) over the weekend and engaged in a closely contested series.After winning the first game of the series, the Scarlet Knights fell in the next two games.
The past two games for the Rutgers baseball team (15-17, 2-4) have shown both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.After blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning to lose 7-6 in extras against Seton Hall on Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights followed with an equally close game the next day but were on the winning side by defeating the Pirates, 3-2.Both games featured clutch hitting from each side to give them leads but also saw the pitchers step up to put an end to rallies.With the Knights set to travel to Ohio State (21-11-1, 2-4) for a three-game series for the first time in program history, they are hoping to carry over their momentum from a big win on Wednesday and translate it to some success on the road.“The last two games are great ways for us to go into conference games,” said head coach Joe Litterio.
After suffering an excruciating extra-inning loss the day before, the Rutgers baseball team (15-17, 2-4) bounced back on Wednesday afternoon to beat Seton Hall (23-11, 1-2) in another close game, by a score of 3-2.On a crisp and sunny day at Bainton Field in Piscataway, the Scarlet Knights avenged the previous day’s defeat by winning another close game between the in-state rivals, doing so with a pair of early runs and great pitching throughout.It was important for the Knights to respond to such a tough loss on Tuesday with a nice win on Wednesday, especially as they are preparing to play at Ohio State over the weekend.“Finishing it with a win today was extremely important,” said head coach Joe Litterio.
It was a quick trip down to South Orange for the Rutgers baseball team (14-17, 2-4) to play a Tuesday afternoon showdown against Seton Hall (23-10, 1-2,) but it turned out to be a longer game than anticipated.Playing their best baseball of the season and winning six of their last eight games heading into the matchup gave the Scarlet Knights some confidence, but they ultimately fell 7-6 to an in-state rival in a wild extra-inning contest.After leading 6-2 entering the ninth inning, the Pirates staged a 4-run rally to tie the game at 6-6, and then scored the winning run in the 10th inning.The one-run defeat was the seventh loss in such fashion this season, as the Knights have found themselves in many winnable games only to come up just short.Sophomore pitcher John O’Reilly (0-2) made his seventh start of the season for the Knights, and turned in a solid outing after running into some early trouble.He gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down to complete five innings, striking out four and leaving with a 4-2 lead.His performance put the Knights in position to win, which is what head coach Joe Litterio is always looking to get from his starting pitchers.Senior catcher R.J.
The Rutgers baseball team (14-16, 2-4) travels to South Orange to take on in-state rival Seton Hall (22-10, 1-2) Tuesday.
The Rutgers baseball team picked up two wins over Saint Joseph's over the weekend to improve to 14-16.
The Rutgers baseball team (12-16, 2-4) will wrap-up its six-game home stand this weekend with games at Bainton Field against St. Joseph.
The Rutgers baseball team has made it known through its words how much it enjoys playing at its home Bainton Field, and it has also demonstrated it through its performance on the field.The Scarlet Knights (12-16, 2-4) welcomed Fordham (14-15, 2-1) on the Banks for a Wednesday afternoon matchup and kept up their winning ways at home by shutting out the Rams, 5-0.Freshman Serafino Brito (3-2) made his fifth start of the season and delivered with a fine outing to propel himself and his team to a win.He finished with three strikeouts in five innings of work, not allowing any runs and lowering his ERA to 4.70.It was a bounce back performance from him after a shaky outing against Monmouth last week, and it is good sign for him and the team moving forward.“He really pounded the zone,” said head coach Joe Litterio.
The Rutgers baseball team (11-16, 2-4) hosts Fordham (14-14) in a midweek, non-conference game at Bainton Field Wednesday.
Leaders are vital in any sport, but especially so in baseball.With the grind of a long season featuring early nonconference games followed by a loaded conference schedule, there are many opportunities to lose focus and see confidence dwindle if losing occurs.Teams look for an ace at the top of their pitching staff to keep the up the momentum when things are going well, but also to be a stopper and put an end to bad times.For the Rutgers baseball team (11-16, 2-4), senior pitcher Howie Brey fills that role at the front of the pitching staff.The southpaw from Middletown, New Jersey, is 2-3 on the season with a 3.17 ERA, leading the team in innings pitched (48.1) and strikeouts (41).He is coming off his best outing of the season, as Brey threw a complete game with eight strikeouts over Big Ten foe Indiana, leading the Scarlet Knights to a 7-1 victory and their first conference win of the season.But even more than the numbers show, his presence as a reliable and stabilizing force at the forefront of the rotation gives the Knights someone they know they can count on to set the tone for how they want to play in each series.“Howie is Howie, and that is usually very good,” said head coach Joe Litterio.
Heading into its series with Big Ten opponent Indiana over the weekend, the Rutgers baseball team (11-16, 2-4) was hoping to win its first series victory since the last weekend of February.The Scarlet Knights accomplished what they set out to do by taking 2 of 3 games from the Hoosiers (13-13, 1-2) in front of their home fans at Bainton Field, gaining their first pair of conference wins of the season.It got started on Friday afternoon for the Knights behind a complete game victory for senior lefty Howie Brey (2-3), who struck out eight batters and allowed just one earned run in a 7-1 win.The Middletown, New Jersey, native threw 118 pitches to complete the nine innings and used the strike zone very effectively, not walking anyone in the game.His dominant outing was much-needed for Rutgers and set the tone for it to win the series.
The Rutgers baseball team (9-15, 0-3) are set to take on Indiana (12-11) for the first Big Ten series at their home Bainton Field of the season.
After a dominating performance on Tuesday which saw the Rutgers baseball team score 20 runs, it was beaten in a lopsided contest, 12-2, to the same Monmouth Hawks (12-2) team it defeated by 16 a day before.
Playing its first home game since a victory over Iona on March 9, the Rutgers baseball team (9-14) took advantage of familiar territory again and defeated in-state foe Monmouth (11-12), 20-4.
Entering its first Big Ten series of the season, the Rutgers baseball team (8-14, 0-3) was looking to shake off a stretch of tough and close losses.While it played some more close games against one of the nation’s top teams in Michigan State (18-3, 3-0), it again found itself on the wrong side of the series and was swept to open conference play.The Scarlet Knights dropped all three games against the Spartans, and were hoping for better results after playing solid baseball throughout the weekend.“We pitched well and played well, but right now we’re looking for the next step in the program, and that’s to go out and win these close games,” said head coach Joe Litterio.