PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 15, 2012) – Rutgers University baseball will take on Iona College at Bainton Field on Wednesday, May 16 at 12 p.m. for its final non-conference regular season contest. It will be a makeup of a rainout from May 2.
The Scarlet Knights are 15-11 outside of the league, including a 9-2 mark in midweek games. Tuesday’s contest will be available to follow through GameTracker at ScarletKnights.com.
Wednesday 12 p.m. – RHP Slater McCue (RU) (0-0, 8.10 ERA) vs. RHP Vinny Parisi (IC) (0-0, 2.35 ERA)
Rutgers (28-22, 13-11 BIG EAST) dropped two out of three at Notre Dame over the weekend, winning the middle game, 11-6. Junior third baseman Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) and sophomore middle infielder Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) each recorded four hits in the game, as junior left-hander Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) picked up his team-leading seventh victory with six innings pitched and classmate Dan O’Neill (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) hurled the last three frames for his fourth save. Kivlehan collected six hits and two home runs on the weekend, while Favatella notched seven knocks and one long ball.
Kivlehan, who is a candidate for BIG EAST Player of the Year, leads the conference with a .400 batting average and a .694 slugging percentage and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday.
Sophomore Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season against the Gaels, having struck out seven over six innings in his last start on April 18 against Lafayette. The right-hander has made five appearances overall this season.
Iona (18-32, 8-13 MAAC) took two of three in a series at home against Rider last weekend. Chris Burke paces the offense with a .359 batting average and 11 home runs. James Beck has also slugged six long balls, while the team has stolen 69 bases in 103 attempts. Pat Carey is in his fourth season as head coach of the program after playing college baseball at Providence College from 1996-98. As the starting shortstop for the Friars, he is the career BIG EAST Tournament batting leader (.667).
RU last met Iona on the diamond on April 15, 2009, with the Scarlet Knights coming out on top, 14-2. Rutgers has taken the last 19 meetings and leads the all-time series, 21-3.
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