PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 22, 2013) – Rutgers baseball will head back to the diamond for a pair of midweek games to start a stretch of seven straight non-conference contests. The Scarlet Knights will travel to Delaware Tuesday before returning home to face Wagner at Bainton Field Wednesday. Both will start at 3 p.m.
WRSU will have the Wednesday call at 88.7 FM and online as well at wrsu.rutgers.edu.
Game 38: Tuesday, April 23
Game 39: Wednesday, April 24
The Scarlet Knights (18-19, 8-7 BIG EAST) most recently dropped three games on the road at No. 25 Pittsburgh. It was the fourth away series at a ranked opponent this season. Senior Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights hitting .476 (10-for-21) with six RBIs and two home runs in five games on the week. Sophomore Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) also kept a hot bat with nine hits for a .429 average in that span and is currently on a 10-game hitting streak. Junior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) has registered a base knock in 16 of the last 17 games.
On the mound, sophomore Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) is scheduled to make his first collegiate start at Delaware. He earned his first win with 4.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen last Tuesday at Lafayette. Young has 10 career outings in relief. Senior Pat O’Leary (Sparta, N.J.) will make the start Wednesday, having last made a start at home against Monmouth April 17.
The Blue Hens (26-12, 11-7 CAA) are currently in second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings, but dropped a series on the road at Hofstra over the weekend. RU will be the Blue Hen’s second BIG EAST opponent this year, as they defeated Villanova, 8-3, at Citizens Bank Park last week. The offense boasts a .325 team batting average with Jimmy Yezzo leading the way at .459 to go with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. Led by 13th-year head coach Jim Sherman, Delaware is 16-4 at Bob Hannah Stadium in 2013.
The Seahawks (15-22, 8-8 NEC) split a four-game series against Central Connecticut most recently at home, with Paul Mammino earning Northeast Conference Co-Pitcher and Rookie of the Week after tossing a one-hit complete game Sunday. Currently in a tie for fifth in the league standings, the Seahawks are led at the plate by Ian Miller (.342 batting average). Jim Carone is in his second year as head coach, taking over for RU associate head coach Joe Litterio. Litterio spent 12 seasons at Wagner and is the program’s winningest coach (240 victories).
RU defeated both Delaware (6-4) and Wagner (13-8) last season at Bainton Field. The Scarlet Knights own a 31-25 all-time advantage over the Blue Hens and are 18-2-2 versus the Seahawks.
Rutgers will spend the weekend out of BIG EAST and will play in the TD Ameritrade Classic in Omaha, Neb., against Oklahoma State, Creighton and Nebraska at the site of the College World Series.