CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 24, 2012) – Rutgers University baseball came up short in an elimination game to Notre Dame, dropping 9-0 in action at the BIG EAST Championships at Bright House Field on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights finish the season at 31-25.
Sophomore Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), who batted 5-8 (.625) in the tournament, went 2-for-3 with a walk from the second spot in the order. He was the only Scarlet Knight to start all 56 games this season.
Junior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.), the BIG EAST Player of the Year, capped his magical season with a single and a walk to finish with a .392 batting average, .480 on-base percentage and a .693 slugging percentage in his first year playing collegiate baseball.
Will Hudgins (5-3) picked up the win for the Irish (30-27) with five strikeouts in seven innings on the mound. Junior Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) (8-4) suffered the loss in his final start of the year.
Notre Dame took the early lead in the top half of the first inning on a solo home run by Charlie Markson that was just inside the foul pole in left field. The Irish tacked on two more runs in the third and four in the fourth to break the game open, 7-0, with single runs totaled in the sixth and seventh to set the final score.
Senior pitchers Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.) and Willie Beard (Milltown, N.J.) each worked out of the bullpen in their final game for Rutgers.
It was the 14th time under head coach Fred Hill that Rutgers won at least 30 games in a season.
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