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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.
Sophomore centerfielder Mike Carter feels the Knights can boost production if they string together timely hits in the series with Indiana.
The Rutgers baseball team was on a its biggest high of the season Sunday after beating Minnesota two out of three times at Bainton Field.
Junior infielder Chris Susseck and the Knights came to life in the Bronx with a 10-4 win over Fordham, going 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.
When John O’Reilly recorded a routine groundout to shortstop to end the top of the seventh inning, a career-day on the hill came to a close.Through his career-high seven innings of work, the freshman right-hander exited the game in line to extend his team-best wins tally to four on the season after keeping the Wagner bats quiet with only one run on three hits.But in the eighth inning, the unthinkable happened.Rutgers head baseball coach Joe Litterio turned to Colin Bohnert in relief, but the Seahawks shelled the sophomore right-hander for four earned runs on four hits in what eventually snowballed into a 10-run frame.With only six more outs to spare when they returned to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, the Scarlet Knights couldn’t climb back out of the seven-run deficit, dropping an 11-4 midweek battle to Wagner (9-10-1) on Tuesday at Bainton Field.The defeat deepens the non-conference mark to 5-16 on the year for Rutgers (10-20, 5-4).In a game that was not originally on the regular season schedule, the Knights were practically in cruise control throughout the first seven frames.After drawing first blood in the bottom of the first on junior second baseman Chris Suseck’s RBI single through the right side, Rutgers gradually built its lead.Suseck was perfect at the plate and on the basepaths, going 3-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a stolen base.The rest of the lineup hopped all over the Seahawks’ pitching staff.Rutgers pounded out 13 hits, but still managed left 14 runners on base.
Freshman right-hander John O'Reilly fired a career-high seven innings allowing one run on three hits, but the Seahawks' bats came to life with 10 runs on eight hits in the top of the eighth inning.
Up until the last inning of the second game of a double-header Saturday, junior left-hander Howie Brey was up on the railing of the Rutgers baseball team’s dugout trying to rally the Scarlet Knights.When Brey left the game in the fifth inning, Rutgers was down, 9-3, with the two runners on base his own responsibility.
Senior left fielder Vinny Zarrillo awaits a pitch Saturday at Bainton Field against Minnesota. In the span of the two games open up a three-game series with the Gophers, he sparked the Knights by going 6-for-10 with four RBI.
Ryan Wares delivers a pitch April 4 at Bainton Field against Minnesota. Inheriting a 9-3 deficit, the freshman right-hander fired two and two-thirds innings of relief to keep the Knights' comeback hopes alive.
coach Joe Litterio remembers the last time the Rutgers baseball team played
After a rocky start to the season, junior left-hander Mark McCoy eyes a rebound performance on the bump this weekend at Bainton Field against Minnesota.
The agenda set forth by head coach Joe Litterio was simple – the Rutgers baseball team needs to work harder.
Sophomore outfielder Mike Carter takes a cut at a pitch April 1 at Bainton Field. Carter snapped out of a lengthy slump with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, but it wasn't enough to bolster Rutgers on offense in its 6-4 loss to Monmouth.
Sophomore catcher Brian Folinusz awaits a pitch from behind the dish in the March 31 loss to Manhattan 2-0. Folinusz went 1-for-3 at the plate with a triple in defeat.
Sophomore right-hander Kevin Baxter delivers a pitch March 31 against Manhattan at Bainton Field. Despite six innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits on an economical 66 pitches, he received the hard luck loss.
Success demands to be earned.The Rutgers baseball team (8-17, 3-3) got a taste of this harsh reality during their midweek game at Bainton field against Manhattan College (7-16, 3-3) March 31.Handed a 0-2 loss at the hand of the Jaspers, the unfocused Scarlet Knights offense failed to get on the board, leaving the weight of the game on the shoulders of their pitchers.The three lone arms prevailed as best they could.Sophomore pitcher Kevin Baxter was able to keep Manhattan at bay until the fourth inning when outfielder Evan Brown hit a solo home run over the fence of Bainton to get his team on the board.Aside from this slip, Baxter held off the Jaspers, pitching admirably for six innings.
The Rutgers baseball team hosted its first home series of the season this past weekend against Ohio State and the results were not exactly what they envisioned.Heading into back-to-back midweek games against Manhattan Tuesday and Monmouth Wednesday, the Scarlet Knights will need to rebound to gain some momentum before the weekend.
After belting a walk-off home run in the win over Ohio State March 28, freshman designated hitter Kyle Walker looks to stay hot in a pair of midweek games against Manhattan and Monmouth.
The outing went as good as it could have gone for sophomore right-hander Gaby Rosa. In his long awaited return to the rotation after the experiment of playing him as an everyday fielder, Rosa did not disappoint.It would have gone better, but Ohio State left-hander Ryan Riga stood in the way for the Rutgers baseball team and Rosa.