MIAMI (Feb. 15, 2014) – Rutgers baseball dropped both ends of a doubleheader to FIU by the scores of 13-1 and 5-0 Saturday at FIU Baseball Stadium. Nine different Scarlet Knights made their collegiate debut on the day, bringing the total up to 12 on the opening weekend.
RU (0-3) will next look to salvage the series finale against the Panthers (3-0) Sunday at 1 p.m. Redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) will get the start on the mound for Rutgers in his career debut.
GAME ONE | BOX SCORE
The Scarlet Knights fell behind early and could not recover in a 13-1 loss in the first game of the day. FIU jumped out with four runs in the first inning and six (all unearned) more in the third to build a 10-0 advantage. The lead eventually went up to 13-0, as the Panthers pounded out 20 hits overall.
RU scored its run in the ballgame in the top of the eighth after senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) singled and came around three batters later on a sacrifice fly by freshman TJ Perkowski (South Brunswick, N.J.). Perkowski also drew a walk in a previous appearance to log two productive trips to the plate.
Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) (0-1) took the loss in his fourth career start and first in a weekend game, lasting three innings. Ty Sullivan (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings for the hosts, as starter Robby Kalaf had to leave the game early due to injury after four shutout frames.
GAME TWO | BOX SCORE
Similar to the first game, FIU pounced early with three runs in the first and never looked back to earn a 5-0 victory in the nightcap. Redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) highlighted the contest for Rutgers with four effective innings in relief, holding the opponent to two hits and one run in his debut.
Offensively, RU was held down by FIU starter Mike Ellis (1-0), who pitched five shutout innings to pick up the win. Freshman Donovan Waller (Forked River, N.J.) (0-1) suffered the loss in his first college game.
Both Clemente and freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) reached base in two-of-three plate appearances, but RU was held in check by the Panther staff in a shutout defeat.
The game last seven innings as agreed upon by both team before the start of the series.