ATLANTA (March 4, 2012) – Rutgers University baseball stayed in the game until the end, but a three-run seventh inning by No. 9 Georgia Tech pushed the Yellow Jackets to a 6-3 win in the series finale on Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. GT, who took all three games during the weekend, has taken the last 13 matchups versus the Scarlet Knights.
Junior Rob Corsi (Oceanport, N.J.) pitched into the seventh inning for the second-straight week for RU, but after being pulled, Georgia Tech (10-2) hit a two-run triple and an RBI single with two outs to extend their lead from 3-2 to 6-2. Corsi (1-2), who was charged with the loss, went 6.2 innings with five earned runs allowed, but kept the visitors in the game late with an effective outing against one of the top offensive teams in the country.
Rutgers (3-6), down 3-0 in the fifth, put together a rally after the first two runners had been retired. Sophomore Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J) worked a walk, senior Dan Perrine (Scotch Plains, N.J.) singled and sophomore Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) also walked to load the bases for freshman Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.). On an 0-1 pitch, the lefty crushed a ball off the top of the wall in right center that nearly went for a grand slam, but nonetheless, Zavala and Perrine scored for RU’s first runs of the game. The Yellow Jackets recorded a strikeout to end the inning preserve the lead, 3-2.
Corsi shut down the hosts in the fifth and sixth to give Rutgers its best chance to tie the score in the top of the seventh. Senior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.), who recorded two hits for the fourth-straight game, singled and advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Zavala. However, GT registered two strikeouts to end the threat.
After the Yellow Jackets’ three-run seventh, the Scarlet Knights added a run on a sacrifice fly by junior Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) to knock in Zarrillo, who had doubled for the second time. In the three-game series, GT recorded 12 runs in the seventh inning.
Dusty Isaacs (3-0) earned the win for Georgia Tech with six innings pitched, surrendering only three hits and two earned runs to go with seven punchouts. Luke Bard picked up his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Rutgers continues its 17-game road trip to start the season with a three-game series at Florida Atlantic next weekend, beginning on Friday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Boca Raton, Fla.
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- Kivlehan led Rutgers with a .545 (6-11) batting average in the series.
- Perrine earned his first start of the season.
- Junior Jerry Elsing (Montville, N.J.) kept his earned run average perfect with 1.1 innings of relief.