ATLANTA, Ga. (March 6, 2011) – The Rutgers baseball team dropped a 14-3 decision at No. 23 Georgia Tech in the series finale Sunday afternoon in front of 957 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
The Yellow Jackets (8-4) scored a run in the first on a Daniel Palka RBI double to jump out to the early lead. The Scarlet Knights (4-5) tied it up with a run in the third inning as senior Michael Lang (Dumont, N.J.) hit an infield single and came around to score later in the frame on a Steve Nyisztor (Toms River, N.J.) double down the right-field line.
Georgia Tech loaded the bases without recording an out in the fourth and pushed two runs across in the frame on an RBI single from DeAndre Smelter and a bases-loaded walk to Kyle Wren to build a 3-1 advantage. With the bases still loaded and one out later in the frame, Rutgers starter Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.) prevented any further damage with an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam.
The Scarlet Knights got singles from Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) and Lang and a walk from Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) to load the bases with two outs in the fifth. A ball off the bat of Nyisztor to the left side on the next play was mishandled by the Yellow Jacket third baseman, allowing Melillo to score on the play and cut the GT lead to 3-2. Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer ended RU’s threat to produce more runs in the frame with an inning-ending strikeout.
The Yellow Jackets countered with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth to end Roe’s day in the frame. Georgia Tech plated three more runs in the sixth on a two-run home run from Matt Skole and a solo shot from Palka in consecutive at-bats.
A five-run outburst from the Yellow Jackets in the seventh opened a 14-2 lead over the Scarlet Knights.
Redshirt freshman Juan Lisojo (Belleville, N.J.) made his collegiate debut in the ninth and reached on a fielding error where he later came around to score on a Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) RBI single to the right side to make it 14-3.
Roe (1-2) was charged with the loss for RU. He struck out five and surrendered six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer (1-1) earned the win with eight strikeouts and allowed just one earned run on four hits in six innings of work. Junior Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.) made his Scarlet Knight debut Sunday, joining sophomore Dan O’Neill (Garfield, N.J.), freshman Joe Esposito (Metuchen, N.J.) and sophomore Jerry Elsing (Montville, N.J.) with 3.2 combined innings of relief work for RU.
The Scarlet Knights return north where they will play their first home game of the 2011 season Wednesday with a 3 p.m. contest at Bainton Field.
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