PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 25, 2013) – After winning its BIG EAST opening series at No. 4 Louisville, Rutgers baseball will stay local and travel to Rider for a midweek game Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. It will be the first game in the state of New Jersey for the Scarlet Knights.
Game 20: Tuesday, March 26
First Pitch: 3:30 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: RHP Slater McCue (0-0, 5.40)
Rider Starter: RHP Jerry Mulderig (1-1, 3.60)
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Rutgers earned a series win at Louisville behind strong starting pitching, with only four earned runs allowed in 21.2 innings. After senior Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) tossed seven frames against a predominately left-handed lineup to take the opener, classmate Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) went eight innings to seal the set in the finale. Law also had a big week at the plate after going 9-for-16 (.563) to win BIG EAST Player of the Week. It was the first series win over a ranked team since 2010 versus Pittsburgh.
Junior Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.) will make his second start of the season against Rider after going five innings at VCU last week. He left in line to win with four strikeouts.
Rider (10-9) most recently took a series versus NJIT, winning the last two games. The Broncs, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, challenged No. 6 South Carolina in a series earlier in the season, losing two of the game by two runs or less. Playing at Sonny Pittaro field, the program is led by Barry Davis in his ninth season.
Jerry Mulderig, who leads the offense with a .344 average, will be the starting pitcher Tuesday. The Broncs have determined it a staff game and anticipate using four to six pitchers.
Rutgers leads the all-time series, 38-24, having won the last two meetings. In the home opener for the Scarlet Knights last season, Ryan Fasano tossed a complete game shutout to lead a 5-0 victory. Rutgers has won 13 of the 20 games played in Lawrenceville.
Rutgers will travel to Villanova for its next BIG EAST series starting Thursday. RU swept the series at home in 2012.