Junior pitcher Ryan Fleming earned the win on the night after holding the Wildcats hitless and scoreless in an inning of work Wednesday afternoon.
4/27/2016 10:21pm

Late rally pushes Rutgers past Villanova

Following a weekend in which the Rutgers baseball team won 2 of 3 games against Big Ten rival Penn State, there was little time the team (21-20, 5-7) to rest or revel in its strong performance. The Scarlet Knights traveled to New York City on Tuesday afternoon and were scheduled to take on Columbia for a midweek game, but only got through one inning before the torrential rain led to the game being cancelled. This meant they still had to come home on Wednesday for a showdown at Bainton Field against Villanova (15-25, 3-6), but were well-prepared and proved it by picking up another win, 6-4. The Knights returned to the Banks with a vengeance, staging a late comeback to emerge victorious after facing an early deficit. “It was very good to see, especially after some frustrating moments,” said head coach Joe Litterio.

Outfielder Tom Marcinczyk said he’s feeling more comfortable at the plate. The junior leads the Knights in home runs and RBIs.
4/25/2016 6:05pm

Rutgers aims for first winning record of season

Avoiding letdowns after major events is a factor that separates good teams from bad teams in sports. The Rutgers baseball team (20-20, 5-7) squared off against Big Ten rival Penn State over the weekend, and were successful by taking 2 of 3 games from the Nittany Lions. It was a highly anticipated series for the Scarlet Knights, as they love playing at their home Bainton Field where they have an 11-2 record on the season, and it gave them an opportunity to move their record to the .500 mark for the first time all season. They played solid baseball all weekend and were close to nailing down a sweep on Sunday afternoon, but fell short after making a ninth inning rally in a 7-5 defeat. However, Rutgers was pleased to win the series because it is always the goal to do so and hopes to continue building towards more wins in its next sets of games. “Penn State coming in was a good team in a good conference, so being able to take two of three from them at home is a good thing,” said head coach Joe Litterio.

Senior pitcher Howie Brey releases a pitch in Rutgers' 5-0 win over Penn State Friday. Brey hurled a complete-game shutout for the Knights. 
4/24/2016 7:22pm

Rutgers seizes home series against Penn State

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.

Junior outfielder Mike Carter has provided the Knights with a boost at the plate since returning from injury weeks ago.
4/21/2016 10:49pm

Rutgers puts impressive home record to test against Penn State

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.

Junior outfielder Mike Carter led the Knights’ offense against Wagner with 3 RBI, going 2-for-2 from the plate.
4/20/2016 9:18pm

Rutgers thrashes Wagner through solid pitching, efficient offense

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.

Sophomore infielder Kyle Walker hit a pinch-hit, 2-run double in Rutgers’ win Tuesday. It was Walker’s second hit of the season.
4/19/2016 8:11pm

Rutgers extends impressive home record in 12-8 win over Delaware State

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.

Sophomore third baseman Milo Freeman said the fact that the bottom of the order is producing gives them an advantage. Batting in the bottom part of the order, Freeman is fourth on the team in RBI’s this season.
4/18/2016 7:46pm

Rutgers hosts Delaware State in midweek matchup

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.

Senior Howie Brey threw a career-high 130 pitches in a complete game 7-4 win over Ohio State for Rutgers.
4/17/2016 7:27pm

Rutgers drops series against Ohio State

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.

Senior Howie Brey is slated to start in game one against Ohio State on Friday. Brey has 15 strikeouts over his last 15 innings.
4/14/2016 7:32pm

Rutgers faces Ohio State in Columbus for first time in three game series

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.

Freshman pitcher Serafino Brito tossing a pitch. He gave up one run in seven innings of work.
4/13/2016 8:53pm

Rutgers avoids repeat collapse, escapes with win over Seton Hall

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.

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