PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 6, 2013) – Following a series win over Connecticut, Rutgers baseball will continue its season-long eight-game homestand by hosting Saint Peter’s Tuesday at Bainton Field. The game between the New Jersey programs was added last week and will start at 1 p.m.
Game 48: Tuesday, May 7
First Pitch: 1 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: RHP Jon Young (2-0, 6.17)
St. Peter’s Starter: LHP Adam Purcilly (1-2, 7.67)
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The Scarlet Knights (22-25, 10-8 BIG EAST) dropped the first game to Connecticut, but recovered to win the final two to clinch the series. The Scarlet Knights sit in fifth in the BIG EAST standings with two conference weekends remaining.
Senior Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) reached base in 9-of-13 plate appearances against the Huskies, collecting at least one walk and one hit in every game. Rutgers manufactured runs by collecting five sacrifice flies and four sacrifice bunts in the series. The team is now 21-12 when scoring at least three runs in a game.
Sophomore Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) will make his third start of the season Tuesday after pitching 4.2 innings last week at Hofstra for a no-decision and earning a win at Delaware (6.2 innings) in his first collegiate start. The pitching staff only used five hurlers over the weekend, working to a 1.67 earned run average.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S
The Peacocks (14-30, 7-11 MAAC) were swept over the weekend by Marist at home and are riding a five-game losing streak. Rutgers and Saint Peter’s have played six common opponents (Fordham, Seton Hall, Monmouth, Wagner, Rider, Villanova) this season. Leading the team in batting average at .321, Matt Mancini has collected 50 hits, while Matt Speckmann has knocked in 28 runs. Sean Cashman is in his first season as the head coach after serving as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator last year.
This will be the first meeting between Rutgers and Saint Peter’s since 2006. The Scarlet Knights own a 17-1 all-time advantage and have won the last 11 matchups. The 2006 contest was won 14-9 at home by RU.
Rutgers will host Georgetown in a BIG EAST series at Bainton Field starting with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. The series will wrap up with Senior Day on Sunday.