PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 10, 2013) – Rutgers baseball will finish off its home schedule with a three-game BIG EAST series against Georgetown, starting with a doubleheader Saturday at Bainton Field. The set will conclude Sunday with Senior Day. The Scarlet Knights are currently in fifth place in the conference standings at 10-8 and need one win to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
WRSU will have the call of the entire series at 88.7 FM and online, while RVision will broadcast the finale live online. Danny Breslauer and Jason Goldstein are scheduled to make the call in the last RVision game of the 2012-13 academic year.
Prior to the game Sunday, head coach Fred Hill and the rest of the program will honor its 11 seniors with a ceremony on the field. The 2013 class includes Rob Corsi (Oceanport, N.J.), Jerry Elsing (Montville, N.J.), Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.), Sam Hasty (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Bill Hoermann (Toms River, N.J.), Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.), Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.), Pat O’Leary (Sparta, N.J.), Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.), Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) and Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.).
The Scarlet Knights (22-26) will end a season-long eight-game homestand with a three-game series against Georgetown … one win will clinch a spot in the BIG EAST playoffs … RU has made the playoffs in 11 times since 1996 … it will be the fourth home series of the season, having played nine weekends away … Saturday will be the sixth doubleheader of the year … the last time RU swept a twinbill was Feb. 26, 2011 at a neutral site versus Michigan and against a BIG EAST team on March 28, 2009 at home versus Cincinnati … played 13 games against ranked opponents (2-11) … 9-6 at Bainton Field this season and 86-53-1 (.617) since the surface was installed for the 2007 season … racked up double-digit hits in 20 games … have scored at least three runs in 21 of 22 victories … played to a 17-6 record when scoring in the first inning and 17-6 when scoring first in the game … have drawn a walk in every contest, averaging 4.40 per game (walked at least 10 times in five games) … recorded an extra base hit in 37 of the last 40 games … seven of the nine triples recorded have come at home … Rutgers is tied for second in the BIG EAST with 21 home runs this year … the team has allowed the second-least amount of walks (56) and errors (18) in league games … the 12 saves earned as a team are tied for fifth-most in a single season in program history … led by Melillo, catchers have totaled the least amount of passed balls (4) in the conference (only one in conference games) … 29 of the 34 players on the roster are from New Jersey … Rutgers had 23 road games to start the season, most in the nation.
Head coach Fred Hill has 1,083 career victories (13th-most amongst active coaches) in his 37th season at the collegiate level and 933 wins at Rutgers (30th season) … all four coaches on staff played for Hill at Rutgers.
Corsi: Pitched in 48 games for the Scarlet Knights over three seasons … scheduled to make third start of the season in game two of the doubleheader … has a 10-9 RU record on a 2.94 ERA … has permitted a .228 batting average against this year … pitched to a 2.15 ERA over last 10 appearances and to a 1.64 ERA as a starter … tied for second with four BIG EAST saves … allowed just three extra base hits in 43 innings for the season.
Elsing: Pitched in 53 games over his career, including six starts as a freshman … worked to a 3.57 ERA in 17 relief outings as a junior, lowest amongst RU relievers … pitched scoreless innings in most recent appearances versus Wagner and Saint Peter’s … has complied 60 career strikeouts.
Gebler: Tied for eighth in RU history with 36 career starts, having made 66 appearances … third in school history with 289.1 career innings pitched … seventh in program records with 155 strikeouts … permitted only 59 walks in career (1.84/nine innings) … seven complete games and nine starts working nine innings overall … notched career-high of eight strikeouts in three different starts … pitched to a 1.75 ERA over 28 appearances as a freshman, picking up 12 saves to become a Freshman All-American … tossed three perfect innings to earn 14th career save (tied for second in RU history) last time out against Connecticut … 103.1 innings worked as a sophomore are the third-most in a single season for Rutgers.
Hasty: Pitched in 10 career games for the Scarlet Knights, including four outings this season … has never committed an error … allowed just two earned runs over 7.2 innings in 2013 … went a career-high three innings against Saint Peter’s Tuesday … held the lead in the eighth inning against Seton Hall in a series-clinching win last year … struck out two in a scoreless inning at nationally-ranked Georgia Tech in 2012.
Hoermann: Played in 129 games over his career, including 111 starts … accumulated a solid .985 fielding percentage in 1,004 chances at first base … knocked in 25 runs as a junior, hitting two home runs … has 12 multiple-hit games in six contests with at least three knocks last season … notched four RBIs in win over Princeton in 2012 … reached base in 3-of-4 plate appearances in recent start against Connecticut … went 3-for-6 with a walk in the Pittsburgh series.
Law: One of 20 players across the nation that have been usual weekend starting pitchers and regular hitters … leads team with 42 RBIs batting and 61 strikeouts pitching … his 20 RBIs in league games are tied for third most amongst BIG EAST players … 21 RBIs this season with two outs … hitting .414 with runners in scoring position … has also been the designated hitter in his last six starts on the mound … notched 12 RBIs in games pitched in this season … appeared in 101 games as a position player and 35 as a pitcher over career.
Melillo: Appeared in 155 games over four years, making 139 starts … First Team All-BIG EAST catcher last year … career .986 fielding percentage … racked up 136 hits, 74 RBIs and eight home runs … leads conference with 18 runners caught stealing this season … picked off four runners at first base … notched a hit in 13 of the last 14 games … has been the starting catcher in all but three games this season … scored most runs on team in 2013 (33).
O’Leary: Transferred to RU as a junior and appeared in 14 games with eight starts on the mound … picked up three wins over 51.2 innings … surrendered just one run in 6.2 innings to beat Monmouth on the road last season … earned a victory over Iona this season.
Roe: Pitched in 55 games for the Scarlet Knights, making 11 starts on the mound in 2011 … recorded 96 strikeouts over 140.1 innings … notched four saves this season … worked a career-high 8.1 innings against Monmouth in 2011 and a best of eight punchouts at USF … has worked to a 2.03 ERA over last six outings … closed out win over Connecticut last Saturday with 3.2 scoreless innings, stranding the bases loaded upon entrance … pitched in back-to-back games six times in 2013 … stranded 75 percent of inherited runners (26/9).
Smorol: One of the most decorated left-handed pitchers in Rutgers history … second all-time with 41 starts and tied for 10th with 68 total appearances … tied for fourth with 21 career wins … has the second-most innings pitched (300.0), needing 17 to tie for the most … third-highest strikeout total at 195 … career-high of 12 strikeouts against Cincinnati in 2012 … hitters held to a .267 batting average against versus 1,324 batters … Third Team All-BIG EAST in 2012 … threw over 100 pitches in six of last seven starts … 93.2 innings last season were tied for eighth-most in a single season for RU … career ERA of 3.60.
Zavala: Appeared in 162 games during career, making 136 starts … 134 total hits, 76 RBIs and five home runs … sixth in the BIG EAST currently with a .438 on base percentage … drawn eight walks over last eight games … hitting .351 (20-for-57) over his last 15 games … hitting .375 with runners in scoring position this year … has a .985 career fielding percentage … picked up three hits in a game 11 times during career … appeared in eight games a pitcher in 2009.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Freshman Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) leads the team with 21 appearances this season … has stranded 70 percent of inherited runners (30/9).
Junior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) has started the last 135 games dating back to his freshman season, 15th best streak in the nation … has started all games batting second in the lineup and playing second base this year … leads team with 171 career hits, 109 runs and nine home runs … notched a hit in 24 of the last 28 games … walked five times in last three contests … needs one triple to tie for eight-most in school history (has nine).
Redshirt freshman John Jennings (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) picked up two hits and a walk to help RU win rubber game over Connecticut.
Junior Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) is a perfect 5-0 in 35 career relief appearances.
Junior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) had a team-best 14-game hitting streak earlier this season … one of two players to start all 48 games … recorded 117 putouts in centerfield.
Junior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) has successfully completed 88 of his last 91 chances at shortstop over 22 games … has 99 career hits … appeared in 129 career games.
Freshman Matt Tietz (West Milford, N.J.) entered the lineup March 9 and has started the past 38 games as the leadoff hitter and third baseman … leads the team with 14 doubles … tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 10 sacrifice bunts.
Sophomore Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) is sixth third hitting .369 in BIG EAST games … leads team with 58 hits … maintained at least a batting average over .328 all season … has started all but one game in the outfield … batted in six different spots in the lineup.
The Hoyas (25-21, 5-13 BIG EAST) were swept at home by Pittsburgh and are ninth in the league standings with six conference games remaining. The squad is led at the plate by Trevor Matern, who is hitting .353 in 31 games. Christian Venditti has provided production with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. On the mound, Charlie Steinman has worked to a 1.26 ERA out of the bullpen for eight saves in 22 appearances. Pete Wilk is in his 14th season as the head coach.
Rutgers holds a 43-9 advantage over Georgetown, but the Hoyas took the series last season at Shirley Povich Field. The Scarlet Knights won two of three in the last meeting between the teams at Bainton Field in 2009. GU and RU played the first game in the history of Bainton Field in 2007.
Rutgers finishes up the regular season with a three-game series at USF starting Thursday in Tampa, Fla.