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Baseball Opens BIG EAST Play at No. 4 Louisville
Scarlet Knights finish spring break trip
  • Posted on March 22, 2013 9:24:16 AM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 21, 2013) – After winning three-of-four in Virginia, Rutgers baseball will end its spring break trip by opening BIG EAST play at No. 4 Louisville with a three-game series at Patterson Stadium beginning Friday. The Scarlet Knights went 16-11 in conference games last season to finish in a tie for fifth in the standings.

    Rutgers (6-10) is the midst of 23 straight true road games to start the season, the most of any Division I team in the nation. According to Boyd Nation research, RU has had the fourth toughest schedule in the nation so far in 2013.

    Game 17: Friday, March 22
    First Pitch: 5 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: LHP Rob Smorol (1-1, 2.97)
    Louisville Starter: RHP Chad Green (5-0, 1.16)\
    Live Stream ($): CardsTV
    Radio: WNDA 1570 AM
    Live Stats: GameTracker

    Game 18: Saturday, March 23
    First Pitch: 1 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: RHP Tyler Gebler (1-2, 4.70)
    Louisville Starter: RHP Jeff Thompson (5-0, 0.55)
    Live Stream ($): CardsTV
    Radio: WNDA 1570 AM
    Live Stats: GameTracker

    Game 19: Sunday, March 24
    First Pitch: 1 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: RHP Charlie Law (0-2, 8.34)
    Louisville Starter: RHP Jared Ruxer (0-0, 3.86)
    Live Stream ($): CardsTV
    Radio: WNDA 1570 AM
    Live Stats: GameTracker

    The last seven games RU has played have come down to the wire, with all being decided in the last at bat (4-3). Most recently, the Scarlet Knights split a pair of extra-inning midweek games against VCU. Senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) led the way in the Wednesday win, hitting a two-out RBI double in the 12th inning in a 4-for-6 performance. He now leads the team in batting (.409), slugging (.523) and on-base (.458).

    On the mound, RU will stay with its usual starting rotation. Seniors Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) (254.0) and Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.) (253.1) rank fifth and sixth in school history in innings pitched and have past experience pitching at Louisville. Law, who has totaled 18 strikeouts in his past two outings, will work the finale once again.

    Louisville (18-2) is ranked in each of the four national polls, with a high-mark of No. 4 according to Baseball America. The Cardinals have won their last seven and are in the midst of 20 straight games at home. The pitching staff has been the strength of the team, leading the BIG EAST in ERA (1.84), opposing batting average (.212) and strikeouts (195). Head coach Dan McDonnell is in his seventh season at UofL, having guided the program to the NCAA Regionals in five of his first six seasons.

    Louisville leads the all-time series, 17-5, with the last meeting opening the conference season at Bainton Field in 2011. The Cardinals took the first two games of the set before RU answered with a victory in the finale. The Scarlet Knights last traveled to Patterson Stadium in 2010.

    Rutgers will play its first game in the state of New Jersey Wednesday, March 26 at Rider. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding baseball, follow the program on Twitter @baseballRU.

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