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The Rutgers baseball team made quick work of Cincinnati this past weekend, sweeping a three-game series when the Bearcats visited Bainton Field.Each of the Scarlet Knights’ weekend starters won their respective games in the sweep, starting with sophomore lefthander Howie Brey. Freshmen righthanders Gaby Rosa and Kyle Driscoll followed him.
Senior shortstop Pat Sweeney said that Rutgers needs a productive week against Rider and Wagner in its midweek games in order to prepare for Central Florida in next weekend’s series.
Head coach Joe Litterio said the conference series sweep against Cincinnati was important in establishing tiebreakers in hopes of making the AAC Tournament. Rutgers currently sits in third place in the AAC.
There was not much the Cincinnati hitters could do Saturday when they played the Rutgers baseball team at Bainton field for the third game of the weekend series. The Scarlet Knights clinched the series with wins in the first two games and sent redshirt freshman righthander Kyle Driscoll to the mound for a chance to earn the sweep against the Bearcats.
Freshman righthander Kyle Driscoll throws a pitch to a Cincinnati batter in Rutgers’ victory on Saturday at Bainton Field. Driscoll worked an effective combination of fastballs, off-speed pitches and breaking balls en route to 11 strikeouts in six innings for his third win of the season.
Senior shortstop Pat Sweeney swings at a pitch Saturday. He said he was trying to be more aggressive at the plate. Sweeney went 2-for-4 after going hitless on Friday.
Sitting in seventh place in the conference, the Rutgers baseball team can begin to think about its postseason destiny — only the top eight teams in the AAC make the conference tournament. Facing the Scarlet Knights this weekend is the No. 9 team in the standings, Cincinnati, which played the Rutgers in Game 1 of a three-game weekend series yesterday at Bainton Field.
Senior designated hitter Lou Clemente swings for Rutgers against Cincinnati at Bainton Field. Clemente turned on a 1-2 fastball in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs for a three-run home run to right field.
After the originally scheduled Lafayette game was postponed Tuesday due to impending precipitation, the Rutgers baseball team picked up the action yesterday at Bainton Field. With an unusual seasonal-low 48 degrees at first pitch, the Scarlet Knights were rebounding after a difficult 11-8 loss Sunday to Hartford in which head coach Joe Litterio said the team underperformed in all aspects of the game.
Freshman righthander Ryan Fleming throws one of his 89 pitches against Lafayette in his second career win. Fleming pitched five innings, striking out six batters and allowing just one run on two hits at Bainton Field.
The Rutgers baseball team expected different results Sunday in the series finale against Hartford at Bainton Field. After already clinching the series with a walk-off win in the first game and roughing up one of the nation’s top pitching prospects in the second, the Scarlet Knights had plenty of confidence entering the third.
Head coach Joe Litterio thought Rutgers could benefit from extra practice after its 11-8 loss on Sunday. Litterio said the Knights cannot take any win for granted.
Senior shortstop Pat Sweeney said Rutgers must continue to produce offensively in order to win against Lafayette. Sweeney has a team-high .440 on-base percentage and is second with a .333 batting average.
On Friday, the Rutgers baseball team had to stage a comeback in the bottom of the ninth and won the series opener at Bainton Field against Hartford off the bat of senior Lou Clemente, who hit in runners on second and third to win, 4-3, in walk-off fashion. Then Saturday the Scarlet Knights faced one of the top pitchers in the country — lefthander Sean Newcomb, projected as a top-15 draft pick — and got the better of him to win, 4-1, in front of nearly 50 MLB scouts behind a strong outing from freshman righthander Gaby Rosa.
Freshman right fielder Tom Marcinczyk slides into third base on one of his two triples for the day. Marcinczyk scored each of the three times he got on base.
Head coach Joe Litterio argues a call with the third base umpire. Litterio was upset with Rutgers’ whole performance yesterday in an 11-8 loss at Bainton Field.
After Columbia induced two ground outs and a strikeout, the Rutgers baseball team ended its game Wednesday with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning. Following a 13-2 loss to the Lions, where the Scarlet Knights were only able to collect five hits, head coach Joe Litterio was less than pleased with Rutgers’ performance and took no consolation in the loss.
Head coach Joe Litterio was not satisfied with the offense against Columbia. Rutgers aims to improve after the top-four batters failed to reach base on a hit.
After an all-around successful day on Tuesday in Lakewood against Fordham, where the Rutgers baseball team collected a season-high 17 hits and supported its pitchers with 13 runs, the Scarlet Knights were unable to duplicate any of that success yesterday against Columbia. Picking up a midweek game after postponing the game last week, Rutgers was unable to support a pitching staff that allowed 13 runs on 14 hits.
Senior first baseman Brian O’Grady went 0-for-2 at the plate yesterday and said he was seeing the ball well but was just missing on some pitches. As a team, Rutgers only collected five hits and two runs.