OMAHA, Neb. (April 27, 2013) – Rutgers baseball surrendered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to fall to Creighton, 3-2, in a night game Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. It was the first time this season the Scarlet Knights lost when leading after six or eight innings (18-1).
The setback puts RU at 20-21, while the Bluejays move to 24-9. The 3:49 time of game was the longest for Rutgers this season.
In the bottom of the 11th with two outs, Reagan Fowler hit a ball just inside first base and into right field to drive in the winning run from second base. Senior Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.) (1-2) took the loss in two innings of relief. Jake Peter (1-0) picked up the win for the hosts.
Senior Rob Corsi (Oceanport, N.J.) was effective in his first start of the season, giving up just one unearned run in five-plus innings on the mound. The left-hander gave up two hits and struck out three in his longest outing in 2013.
The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Corsi and CU starter Nick Musec until the Scarlet Knights dented the scoreboard in the fifth. In the inning prior, the Jays had an opportunity to break through with runners at the corners and no outs, but Corsi buckled down and recorded the first out at the plate on an attempted safety squeeze. Then after a walk, the senior induced a 5-3 double play to escape unscathed.
Rutgers took advantage of the momentum to plate a pair immediately after. Junior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) singled through the right side to start, moving up on a successful sacrifice bunt by junior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.). Freshman Matt Tietz (West Milford, N.J.) next stepped up and roped a one-hopper off the wall in left field for an RBI double. Junior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) followed with a two-bagger of his own off the base of the wall in left-center to force Creighton to dip into the bullpen. The hit extended Favatella’s hitting streak to 13 games.
Creighton put up an unearned run in the sixth to cut the score to 2-1 on a hit by pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. Freshman Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) ended the threat with the lead by inducing a groundout.
The game stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when CU tied the score with two outs off sophomore Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.), who worked 2.1 innings out of the bullpen. With runners at first and second, Peter grounded a ball up the middle that was knocked down by Sweeney and deflected far enough to allow Jake McKewon round third and head home. The throw to the plate was off line, evening the game at two. Roe entered and induced a foul pop to send the game to extra innings.
Senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) hit one of his two doubles on the night in the top of the 11th, but two strikeouts by Peter stranded him there and allowed the Jays to rally in the bottom of the inning.
The Scarlet Knights permitted just six hits in the ballgame and stranded 13 Creighton runners on base. It was the fifth game extra-inning (3-2) contest for RU and 11 decided in a last at bat (4-7).
Rutgers will wrap up play at the TD Ameritrade Classic Sunday at 2:05 p.m. EST versus Big Ten opponent Nebraska. Law will make his 11th start of the season.