ATLANTA (March 2, 2013) – Rutgers baseball could not recover from committing four errors in the field, dropping the middle game of the series at No. 16 Georgia Tech, 11-2, Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Scarlet Knights had 10 hits in the game, led by three each from senior Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) and junior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.).
The Scarlet Knights have now dropped the last 15 meetings versus the Yellow Jackets.
RU (2-6) threatened in the top of the first with three singles, but could not cash in for any runs. The home team then responded with an unearned run in the bottom of the frame to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Two more Rutgers errors in the second led to five more runs (three unearned) for Georgia Tech (10-1). Then in the fourth, Daniel Palka connected for a three-run home run to make it 9-2 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
In the sixth, the Scarlet Knights put up a run on an RBI single from senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.). O’Grady singled with one out to start the rally and moved up to second on a base hit from Melillo. Following an error to load the bases, Law lined a hit to right field to bring home O’Grady for a run.
Senior Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) came through for an RBI single to give Rutgers its second run in the top of the eighth. O’Grady singled up to middle, moving up on walks drawn by freshman Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) and junior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) with one out. Zavala then laced a single up the middle to score O’Grady, who scored his second run of the day.
On the mound, Dusty Isaacs (2-1) earned the win after allowing one run in six innings for Georgia Tech. Senior right-hander Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.) (0-2) took his second loss of the season for RU after allowing five earned runs in five innings. Junior Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.), senior Rob Corsi (Oceanport, N.J.) and senior Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.) all tossed one inning in relief for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Law will make the start on the mound.