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When the Rutgers baseball team wrapped up its final game of the weekend series against Michigan State, there was a sense of urgency.In ninth place of the conference, the Scarlet Knights were on the bubble of the Big Ten Tournament and needed a good series to become postseason eligible. After a sweep at the hands of the Spartans, head coach Joe Litterio lit a fire under his team with a message of winning midweek games made clear.Rutgers wanted momentum heading into its conference series in two weeks against Penn State and that’s exactly what true freshman pitcher John O’Reilly gave the Knights on the mound Tuesday in the 7-1 win against Wagner.O’Reilly went seven innings for the Knights (13-26-1, 5-10) and held the Seahawks scoreless in his outing.
Freshman right-hander John O'Reilly tosses a pitch on April 21 at Bainton Field against Wagner. He scattered six hits and struck out five in seven shutout innings to improve to a team-best 4-1 on the season.
The Rutgers baseball team did not accomplish many of the things that it wanted to heading into its Big Ten series against Michigan State this past weekend.After being swept by the Spartans 10-4, 15-7 and 6-2, the Scarlet Knights could not find much to chew on in terms of a silver lining.
Jon Young was ready to quit the Rutgers baseball team over winter break and before the start of his senior season.
Head coach Joe Litterio implores his team to take advantage of their conference bye this week to gain momentum for their next Big Ten series. The Knights take on Wagner, St. Peter's and Seton Hall this week in the absence of a Big Ten opponent.
Senior right-handed reliever Jon Young started a fundraiser in honor of his mother. For every scoreless inning he throws, Young and a group of supporters donate $10 to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Andrew Young, older brother of Jon Young, supports his brother in as many games as he can make. Their bond strengthened after the loss of both of their parents.
The Rutgers baseball team sat in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference standings heading into this past weekend.With only eight teams eligible to make the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State was the team sitting in the last spot of the conference keeping the Scarlet Knights on the bubble.
Sophomore Gaby Rosa gave up five earned runs and seven hits in his start against Michigan State, but both head coach Joe Litterio and Rosa believe the sophomore has made improvements.
With 13 teams in the conference, only eight of them qualify for the Big Ten Tournament.The Rutgers baseball team currently sits in the ninth spot in the conference after failing to capitalize on last weekend’s conference game against Indiana.
Junior left-handed hurler Howie Brey is looking to bounce back against Michigan State after having a rough outing in the series with Indiana where the Knights were swept.
Sophomore right-hander Kevin Baxter delivers to the plate in the April 15 win over Columbia. Baxter fanned five Lions over six and one third, allowing three earned runs on four hits in the Knights' 7-4 win.
For a squad that has been struggling to put runs across when it has mattered most, the Rutgers baseball team took the field Wednesday against Columbia with something to prove.Sitting in ninth place in the Big Ten Standings, the Scarlet Knights needed to gain momentum offensively in the midweek game and bring it into the weekend series against Michigan State. Behind the arm of sophomore right-hander Kevin Baxter, they were able to do just that.With flashes of excellence and only two hiccups on the mound, Baxter boasted one of his best outings of the season and the Knights offense responded.
Sophomore left-hander Ryan Fleming ended the game Tuesday against Lafayette with four strikeouts in a row after retiring six-straight Leopard batters.
When the Rutgers baseball team arrived in Bloomington, Indiana over the weekend, they came with the idea that they wanted to continue their stretch of timely hitting, clean defense and effective pitching.After a sweep at the hands of the Hoosiers — losing by tallies of 4-3, 6-0 and 5-4 — the consensus from head coach Joe Litterio and the Knights was that the hitting needed to improve. The recovery for the offense starts with the slate of two midweek games this week.The Knights will play Lafayette Tuesday in Easton, Pennsylvania on the road and then follow that up with a slate of six-straight, starting with Columbia Wednesday at Bainton Field.For senior outfielder Vinny Zarrillo, he thinks the pair of midweek games will help to calm things down for Rutgers so that they can get back to the fundamentals.
Senior first baseman Joe D'Annunzio believes that the Knights' offense has to step up at the plate and match the consistency of the starting pitching for Rutgers to return to winning in its midweek contest at Lafayette. He has started all 34 games this season.
Senior midfielder Vinny Zarrillo hopes the non-conference midweek clashes will help the Knights get back to basics. Zarrillo leads Rutgers in hits with 41 on the season.
Sophomore right-hander Gaby Rosa allowed five earned runs during his five innings of work in a tough-luck road loss at Indiana.
Head coach Joe Litterio doesn’t think any atmosphere he’s experienced quite matches up to the one the Rutgers baseball team had to endure throughout its weekend series in Bloomington, Indiana.With a max capacity surpassing Bainton Field, the Scarlet Knights were truly at the mercy of one of the best home field advantages in college baseball –– and they failed to respond.“Overall, I’m disappointed because we want to win baseball games.
The Indiana baseball team was one of the best teams in the country in 2014. Finishing the season with a 44-15 record and 21-3 tally in-conference, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten Championship and made it to the NCAA Regional Tournament.Prior to last season, Indiana made it all the way to the College World Series to the second round of the Championship Bracket eventually losing to runner-up Mississippi State.