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Rutgers Baseball Earns No. 6 Seed at BIG EAST Championships
Scarlet Knights will face state rival Seton Hall in first round
  • Posted on May 20, 2012 4:59:36 PM
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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 20, 2012) – After finishing league play at 16-11, Rutgers University baseball will be the sixth seed at the 2012 BIG EAST Championships, the league office announced. The Scarlet Knights will take on No. 3 Seton Hall in the first round on Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., with No. 2 St. John’s and No. 7 Notre Dame also on the same side of the double elimination bracket.


    BIGEAST.tv will stream each game until the championship for free online, in addition to providing live stats. Links will be available at ScarletKnights.com.



    Probable Pitchers

    Wednesday, 10 a.m. – RHP Tyler Gebler (Rutgers) (3-4, 4.37 ERA) vs. RHP Jon Prosinski (Seton Hall) (8-3, 3.65 ERA)

    It will be the 11th appearance for Rutgers in the BIG EAST Championships since joining the league for the 1996 season. RU has compiled a 22-19 mark in the event, having won it in 1998, 2000 and 2007. In its last appearance in 2010, the Scarlet Knights reached the semifinals before dropping to Connecticut.

    RU and SHU have met five times in the tournament, with the most recent meeting coming in the first round in 2001. Overall, the Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series, 52-49-1 and won a three-game series, 2-1, at Owen T. Carroll Field to start BIG EAST play this season from March 23-24. Behind a complete game shutout from Jon Prosinski, the Pirates took the opener of a doubleheader, 3-0, but RU jumped out to a 4-0 advantage and received a strong six innings from junior Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) to win the nightcap, 10-2, to tie the series. The Scarlet Knights scored six runs in the second inning of the rubber game and had to piece together the bullpen after an early pitching injury, holding on to win, 9-6, as sophomore Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) had a career-high five RBIs on the afternoon.

    Junior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) earned BIG EAST Player of the Week after the series in South Orange, collecting seven hits in 10 at bats (.700), while reaching base safely in 12-of-15 plate appearances with a home run to deep centerfield. It was a break-through weekend for the third baseman, who won the first league triple crown in BIG EAST history (.402, 10, 36). He also won the overall conference batting (.399) and home run title (14), in addition to having the best slugging percentage (.710) and on-base percentage (.484).

    Rutgers (31-23, 16-11) finished the season with a three-game sweep over Villanova at Bainton Field this weekend, while Seton Hall (33-22, 17-10) took two of three at St. John’s to cap their regular season on the road.

    The Scarlet Knights will face either Notre Dame (29-25, 14-13) or St. John’s (33-21, 18-9) in a game on Thursday, May 24. RU dropped two of three to both earlier this season.

    No. 1 Louisville will compete as the top seed in the tournament, with No. 4 USF, No. 5 Connecticut and No. 8 Pittsburgh also on that side of the bracket. The winner of each bracket will square off in the championship game on Sunday, May 27 on ESPNU.

    The week is scheduled to begin with Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. The evening will also include the awards presentation and home run derby. Kivlehan will compete for RU in the derby, with BIGEAST.tv providing a free online stream for viewers to follow along.

    The 2012 BIG EAST Championships will be staged at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., the Spring Training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Regarded as one of the finest minor league playing and practice facilities in the nation, the stadium will host its sixth BIG EAST Championships. The site first hosted the conference tournament in 2006 and has been the league’s championship destination for five of the last six years.

    Click here for ticket information.

    2012 BIG EAST Baseball Championship Schedule

    Tuesday, May 22

    Opening Ceremonies/Award Presentations/Home Run Derby - Gates open at 6 p.m.; ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.

                    Home Run Derby Participants

                    Connecticut – Ryan Fuller (.314, 4 HR, 34 RBI)

                    Louisville – Ryan Seiz (.147, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

                    Notre Dame – Trey Mancini (.307, 12 HR, 44 RBI)

                    Pittsburgh – Rick Devereaux (.371, 7 HR, 54 RBI)

                    Rutgers – Patrick Kivlehan (.399, 14 HR, 50 RBI)

                    St. John’s – Matt Wessinger (.338, 6 HR, 44 RBI)

                    Seton Hall – Connor Delepine (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

                    USF – Jimmy Falla (.280, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

    Wednesday, May 23 - Four games

    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)

    Game 1 – No. 6 Rutgers (31-23) vs. No. 3 Seton Hall (33-22), 10 a.m.

    Game 2 – No. 7 Notre Dame (29-25) vs. No. 2 St. John’s (33-21), 1 p.m.

    Game 3 – No. 8 Pittsburgh (28-26) vs. No. 1 Louisville (38-18), 5 p.m.

    Game 4 – No. 5 Connecticut (29-25-1) vs. No. 4 USF (34-20), 8 p.m.

    Thursday, May 24 - Four games

    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)

    Game 5 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 10 a.m.

    Game 6 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 1 p.m.

    Game 7 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 5 p.m.

    Game 8 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 8 p.m.

    Friday, May 25 - Two games

    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)

    Game 9 – Loser of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 5, 4 p.m.

    Game 10 – Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 7, 7 p.m.

    Saturday, May 26 - Two, three, or four games

    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)

    Game 11 – Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 9, 10 a.m.

    Game 12 – Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10, 1 p.m.

    Game 13 – Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 11, 5 p.m. (if necessary)

    Game 14 – Loser of Game 12 vs. Winner of Game 12, 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.

    (if necessary; game would be at 6:30 if Game 13 is not necessary, 8 p.m. otherwise)

    Sunday, May 27 - Championship game

    (live television on ESPNU)

    Game 15 – Winner of Group 1 vs. Winner of Group 2, Noon

    All times Eastern

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