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Junior outfielder Mike Carter led the Knights’ offense against Wagner with 3 RBI, going 2-for-2 from the plate.

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.

Junior pitcher Christian Campbell retired 2 of the first 3 batters in the ninth inning before Seton Hall rallied for 4 runs off of him to tie the game at 6 in Rutgers’ extra innings loss to Seton Hall on Tuesday.

Rutgers squanders late lead, falls in extra innings

It was a quick trip down to South Orange for the Rutgers baseball team (14-17, 2-4) to play a Tuesday afternoon showdown against Seton Hall (23-10, 1-2,) but it turned out to be a longer game than anticipated. Playing their best baseball of the season and winning six of their last eight games heading into the matchup gave the Scarlet Knights some confidence, but they ultimately fell 7-6 to an in-state rival in a wild extra-inning contest. After leading 6-2 entering the ninth inning, the Pirates staged a 4-run rally to tie the game at 6-6, and then scored the winning run in the 10th inning. The one-run defeat was the seventh loss in such fashion this season, as the Knights have found themselves in many winnable games only to come up just short. Sophomore pitcher John O’Reilly (0-2) made his seventh start of the season for the Knights, and turned in a solid outing after running into some early trouble. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down to complete five innings, striking out four and leaving with a 4-2 lead. His performance put the Knights in position to win, which is what head coach Joe Litterio is always looking to get from his starting pitchers. Senior catcher R.J.

Junior outfielder Tom Marcinczyk swings at a pitch in Rutgers’ win over Fordham Wednesday. He drove in a run to extend his team-high RBI total this season to 24.

Rutgers shuts out Fordham to improve impressive record at Bainton Field

The Rutgers baseball team has made it known through its words how much it enjoys playing at its home Bainton Field, and it has also demonstrated it through its performance on the field. The Scarlet Knights (12-16, 2-4) welcomed Fordham (14-15, 2-1) on the Banks for a Wednesday afternoon matchup and kept up their winning ways at home by shutting out the Rams, 5-0. Freshman Serafino Brito (3-2) made his fifth start of the season and delivered with a fine outing to propel himself and his team to a win. He finished with three strikeouts in five innings of work, not allowing any runs and lowering his ERA to 4.70. It was a bounce back performance from him after a shaky outing against Monmouth last week, and it is good sign for him and the team moving forward. “He really pounded the zone,” said head coach Joe Litterio.

Senior catcher R.J. Devish tallied one hit, drove in 2 runs and crossed the plate twice in the Knights 10-3 win over NJIT Saturday.

Rutgers wins 3 of 7 games over Spring Break

With the school’s student body on Spring Break, the Rutgers baseball team remained at work throughout the week, playing a 7-game road trip in the south. The Scarlet Knights went 3-4 during a week of many close games, but recorded a win against No. 16 Florida Atlantic last weekend, and closed with a 10-3 victory over NJIT on Saturday morning. It was a long week that featured games in Florida and Maryland, and the Knights (8-10) were hoping to finish with a better record, but were pleased they hung in with tough opponents on the road. “On a whole, we had some ups and some downs,” said head coach Joe Litterio.

Junior right fielder Tom Marcinczyk was one of three Knights to be named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list. Marcinczyk was named to Third Team All-Big Ten last season after hitting .325 at the plate. 

Rutgers opens its season in Florida against Miami

After months of preparation, the Rutgers baseball team is ready to showcase what it can do in games against another opponent. The Scarlet Knights kick off their 2016 season this weekend down in sunny Coral Gables, Florida, as they will take on Miami in a three-game series.

Center Rachel Hollivay notched her third double-double in 2015-16 at Indiana with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Rutgers' road woes continue in defeat at Indiana

The Rutgers women’s basketball team entered Wednesday night’s matchup on the road against Indiana, hoping to end a three-game losing streak. It was going to be a tough task for the Scarlet Knights (12-9, 3-6) to come away victorious in Assembly Hall, where the Hoosiers (13-8, 5-4) had an 8-0 record, making them the only team in the Big Ten to be undefeated at home to this point.


Defense, pair of double-doubles drive Rutgers to 8th straight win at RAC

The Rutgers women’s basketball team returned home to the Louis BrowncAthletic Center on Wednesday night in search of some home cooking to avenge a road defeat against Ohio State in their previous game. The Scarlet Knights (12-5, 3-2) were able to do just that by throttling a reeling Illinois squad, defeating the Illini by a score of 67-54. It was the eight straight victory at the RAC for the Knights, while they handed Illinois (7-9, 0-5) their eight straight loss. The Knights were led by junior guard Tyler Scaife, who was sizzling all night and finished with 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field.They got off to a quick start, finishing the first quarter with a 20-9 lead in which they controlled both ends of the floor. The Knights now hold a 205-134 over their opponents in the first quarter in games they have won this season. It was important for them to get off to a quick start against a team that has been struggling, and they seized the opportunity by asserting themselves with a fast style of play. In total, they finished the opening period by shooting 9-for-12 from the field. Rutgers continued with their offensive firepower into the second quarter, and they took a 38-26 lead going into halftime. They shot 16-for-29 from the field in the first half, good for a 55.2% clip. Scaife made six of her seven shot attempts in the half, pacing the Knights with 14 points. In the second half, she shot 5-for-7, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, scoring 13 more points to give her a total of 27 on the night. It seemed to be one of those nights where the shots were just falling, and Scaife gave the Knights consistent scoring through both halves of this conference matchup. “Bri [Canty], [Rachel] Hollivay, and Kahleah [Copper], everyone has been finding me in my spots and I’ve been making my shots.” Scaife said. *** Senior wing Kahleah Copper made some history in the game and continued to provide scoring and rebounding for the Knights. By finishing with 15 points, she moved up to ninth place on the school’s all-time scoring list, passing former Rutgers standout and current WNBA all-star Epiphany Prince. The Preseason All-Big Ten wing added 11 rebounds to finish with her seventh double-double of the season, and the fourth in her last five games. Though she shot just 5-for-16 in the game, her poise and crashing of the boards on both ends has given the Knights a spark the whole season, and has led to an improvement in her all-around game. She has spoken throughout the season about the importance of helping the post players on the boards, and along with Scaife, who also added five rebounds, the Knights have been seeing more success garnering rebounds lately. “Coach made a great point to us in practice one day about owning two things, and I noticed that I didn’t own two things, so I took that information in and tried to convert it into my game,” she said.

Senior defender Erica Skroski headlined a Rutgers defensive unit that ranked among the best in the country with a .311 goals-against average.

Historic season comes to a close for Rutgers

Any team can set numerous goals at the start of the season, but it takes a special team to then achieve all of them. The 2015 Rutgers women’s soccer team did all of that and more this season. Under the tutelage of second-year head coach Mike O’Neill, the Scarlet Knights finished the 2015 campaign with a 19-4-3 overall record and 7-2-2 mark in the Big Ten. To start the year, they won their first eight games, which set a new school record. They went undefeated on their home field at Yurcak Field, stressing the importance of winning in Piscataway and achieving a 13-0-1 mark in games played on the Banks. The Knights then set the school’s single season record for shutouts with 19, surpassing the 2006 team’s previous record of 16.

Junior midfielder Jennifer Andresen led the Knights with just two shots. Rutgers was unable to get anything going in attack against PSU.

Penn State crushes Rutgers title hopes in semifinals of NCAA Tournament

It was a long and historic run for the No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team this season, with the Scarlet Knights reaching the national semifinals of the Women’s College Cup for the first time in program history. The run ended on Friday evening, however, when they squared off against No. 6 Penn State for the third time this season — this time with a spot in the National Championship Game on the line. Unfortunately for the Knights (19-4-3, 7-2-2), the match played out in similar fashion to their loss against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten Championship game.

Senior defender Erica Skroski and the Rutgers backline look to remain resilient when the Knights take on Penn State for the third time this season. The match kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. in Cary, North Carolina.

Rutgers gets set for College Cup semifinal match

It’s funny how things can sometimes turn out in sports. After already playing against each other twice this season, the No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team will meet No. 6 Penn State in the semifinals of the College Cup on Friday in Cary, North Carolina. The Scarlet Knights (19-3-3, 7-2-2) beat the Nittany Lions (20-3-2, 8-2-1) at home at Yurcak Field on October 18th by a score of 1-0. The two teams then met in the Big Ten Championship game at Penn State’s Jeffrey Field, where the Nittany Lions controlled the game and won 2-0. The rubber match holds the highest stakes of the three matchups, as it will determine who gets to play either No. 2 Florida State or No. 20 Duke in the national championship game. “We’re excited for the opportunity to be in the College Cup,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.

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