PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 12, 2012) – Rutgers University baseball will travel across South Florida to continue a 10-day, eight-game Spring Break trip against Florida Gulf Coast University. The Scarlet Knights and Eagles will play two games at 6:30 p.m., starting Tuesday at Swanson Stadium. The schools have never met in baseball.
Live stats will be available for the midweek series, with links offered at ScarletKnights.com.
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – RHP Slater McCue (RU) (0-0, 13.50 ERA) vs. RHP Danny Patrick (FCGU) (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – RHP Tyler Gebler (RU) (0-0, 7.00 ERA) vs. LHP Kevin Bryant (FCGU) (0-0, 13.50 ERA)
Rutgers (5-7) won the last two games to earn a series victory over Florida Atlantic last weekend. After dropping the opener, the Scarlet Knights rallied for five runs in the fourth inning of game two to jump to a lead that would not be relinquished. Junior Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) held the Owls down for 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts on the mound and junior Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.) appeared out of the bullpen for the first time since 2010 to pitch 3.1 innings for the save. Sophomore Ross Costello (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) connected for his first career home run and the Scarlet Knights banged out a season-high 18 hits to take the finale. Junior Rob Corsi (Oceanport, N.J.) had his third-straight effective start to earn the win. Costello hit .545 (6-11) for the weekend, while junior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) went 6-for-9. It was the first time since 1998 that RU defeated FAU twice in the same season.
For Costello’s effort, the BIG EAST named him to the Weekly Honor Roll on Monday.
Sophomore Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.) will make his first career start on the mound on Tuesday. The right-hander has three career appearances out of the bullpen, including an outing at No. 13 Miami on Feb. 19. Gebler will return to a starting role on Wednesday. In his other start this season, he went 5.2 innings with five strikeouts for a no decision at Old Dominion.
Florida Gulf Coast (6-8) kept No. 1 Florida on its heels all weekend, but the Gators escaped with three close wins at McKethan Stadium. The FGCU pitching staff held UF to four hits in the finale. The Eagles have been led by Ryan Gebhart over the last 10 games with his .351 batting average during that stretch. Brandon Bednar leads the team with 16 hits, while Andrew Valencia has blasted two home runs. Both of FGCU’s starting pitchers in this series, Danny Patrick and Kevin Bryant, will be making their first starts of the season. The team is 6-5 at Swanson Stadium with wins over Bryant, Bethune-Cookman and Boston College. Dave Tollett is in his 10th season at the helm of the program.
This will be the first midweek games of the season for Rutgers.
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