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It really is rare to see a season as productive as the one that senior shortstop Pat Sweeney is having for the Rutgers baseball team. What is perhaps even more impressive about Sweeney’s season is the improvement he has had from a season ago, which was enough for assistant coach Tim Reilly to say that Sweeney was eligible for the most improved player in the nation.
Rutgers University Dance Marathon: The 16th annual Rutgers University Dance Marathon saw the unswerving energy of more than 800 dancers and 1,200 participants who stood on their feet for 30 straight hours starting on April 5 until the evening of April 6. This year’s RUDM raised $622,533.98 for the Embrace Kids Foundation, surpassing last year’s record of $503,641.77.
With the addition of a midweek game that stemmed from two cancellations from the excess proportions of rain in Piscataway during the week, the Rutgers baseball team made up for the lost time. After the Villanova and Monmouth games were cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday, the Scarlet Knights picked up a game yesterday against Iona, marking the third time the two teams have played.
Senior shortstop Pat Sweeney finished yesterday’s game with three runs batted in and crossed the plate twice after going 3-for-3 at the plate.
Freshman righthander Colin Bohnert earned his first career win with Rutgers in four and one-third innings of relief. Bohnert forfeited only five hits and struck out three.
It’s the first day of May, and the Rutgers baseball team is only three weekend series away from its inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament. But first, the Scarlet Knights (19-22, 6-8) have to make it to that point in the season at the end of the month.
Freshman outfielder Tom Marcinczyk went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in Rutgers’ April 1 win against Iona.
For the Rutgers baseball team, things were supposed to go smoother this past weekend against AAC-leading Central Florida. But after being swept by UCF, the Scarlet Knights (19-22, 6-8) now find themselves sixth in the conference standings after sitting in third following last weekend’s series against Cincinnati.
Head coach Joe Litterio said that because of the youthful roster, Rutgers has had an up-and-down season.
Junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio said that the next three weekend series will prove more valuable in helping Rutgers get hot for the postseason than focusing too much on its postseason seeding.
The Rutgers baseball team was supposed to use this weekend in Orlando as a way to climb the AAC standings on its way to the top. Coming into their series with Central Florida, the Scarlet Knights sat in third place in the conference as they faced first-place UCF. After the weekend ended, Rutgers was not able to accomplish any of that and only one thing remained consistent in the conference – Central Florida (28-16, 15-3) is still the top team in the AAC.
Head coach Joe Litterio said he expects more from Rutgers after its 10-3 loss yesterday at Central Florida.
Midweek games are supposed to provide easier challenges than the weekend series. With matchups against lower-caliber, out-of-conference teams, the meetings in the middle of the week also offer an opportunity to rest some significant members of the pitching staff and mix up the lineups. Most importantly, the midweek games can provide momentum entering the conference weekend series.
Head coach Joe Litterio said winning games by slim edges is not a bad thing.
Junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio said that Rutgers failed to convert on opportunities late in the game against Wagner and did not support the pitching staff.
Tasked with playing its second game at a minor league stadium this season, the Rutgers baseball team also had another obstacle hanging over its head going into its matchup against Wagner at the Richmond County Savings Bank Field, also home of the Staten Island Yankees. The Scarlet Knights were facing the team head coach Joe Litterio managed for 12 seasons prior to coming to Rutgers.
Junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio swings at a pitch in yesterday’s 10-7 loss at Wagner. He went 1-for-5 as Rutgers struggled, scoring one run after the second inning.
Head coach Joe Litterio coaches third base while the Knights hit. He said that Rutgers is the team to beat in midweek games.
Coming into the game against Rider yesterday at Bainton Field, the Rutgers baseball team had a chance to go above a .500 winning percentage for the season. While it seems like an insignificant accomplishment in the grand scheme of a successful season, it is something the Scarlet Knights had not done since April 16, 2013, when they beat Lafayette, 14-8.
Junior closer Jon Young earned his eighth save of the season in yesterday’s victory against Rider. Young picked up a strikeout after inducing a double play in the ninth.