PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 23, 2012) – Rutgers University baseball is set to begin a two-game home-and-home series against the University of Delaware on Tuesday, April 24 at Bainton Field at 3 p.m. The teams will also meet at Bob Hannah Stadium in Newark, Del., on May 16.
The game marks the baseball season premiere of RVision, presented by AT&T. Lead broadcaster Danny Breslauer and Russ Hopkins, who has 126 games of playing experience for RU, will have the call in a game that will be aired on a tape delay on ScarletKnights.com.
WRSU will carry the game live on 88.7-FM with Jason Goldstein, Mike Rivera and Ben Cain bringing listeners play-by-play and commentary of all the action. GameTracker will additionally be available.
Tuesday, 3 p.m. – RHP Pat O’Leary (Rutgers) (2-0, 3.80 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Gatto (Delaware) (3-2, 5.16 ERA)
Rutgers (21-17, 8-7 BIG EAST) took three of five games last week to surpass its win total from a season ago (20). In the series finale at Connecticut on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights exploded for 15 runs and senior Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.) and junior Dan O’Neill (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) combined to shutout the Huskies. It was the largest win ever over UConn (according to archives dating back to 1946) and the biggest win by margin against a conference opponent since joining the BIG EAST for the 1996 season. RU scored at least three runs in four different innings, highlighted by a six-run fourth that broke the scoreless tie. Junior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) crushed his second career home run out of Dodd Stadium in the fifth inning to give Rutgers a 9-0 lead. The Huskies took both ends of a doubleheader at J.O. Christian Field to open the series, including a 9-8 victory in extra innings in the nightcap.
Through 39 games, the Scarlet Knights have six starters batting over .300. Junior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) leads the team and the BIG EAST with a .405 batting average, .690 slugging percentage and .494 on-base percentage in his rookie year. Classmate Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) is currently on an 18-game hitting streak, while sophomore Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), who is the only RU player to have started every game, has reached base safely in 31-straight games. Sophomore Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) has also been swinging a hot bat, recording seven hits in the UConn series over the weekend.
Junior Pat O’Leary (Sparta, N.J.) is scheduled to make a midweek start for the fourth-straight week. Having won his last two starts, the right-hander pitched a season-long 6.2 innings with only three hits allowed at Monmouth on April 17, retiring 17 of 19 batters during one stretch in the game.
Delaware (20-18, 11-7 CAA) did not play a weekend series and most recently defeated Temple, 7-4, last Tuesday in Ambler, Pa. Tuesday’s probable starter Dan Gatto worked 5.1 innings with five strikeouts to earn his third win of the season against the Owls. Tyler Powell leads the offense with a .370 batting average, while Jimmy Yezzo has clubbed a team-high four home runs. Head coach Jim Sherman is in his 12th season at the helm of the program and has earned four conference titles. The Blue Hens will be the second Colonial Athletic Association team RU has faced this year, with the Scarlet Knights taking all three at Old Dominion from February 24-26.
UD took a see-saw affair the last time the programs met on the diamond on April 26, 2011 at Bob Hannah Stadium, as the Blue Hens won 14-12 in a game that featured 30 hits and eight errors. Delaware also took the last meeting at Bainton Field, 12-5, on April 28, 2009. Rutgers leads the all-time series 30-25.
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