NORFOLK, VA – Junior Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) was 2-for-5 with four RBI, including a game-sealing three-run home run in the eighth, and senior Shaun Parker (Mt. Holly, NJ) allowed just two earned runs in eight strong innings to lead Rutgers to its second-straight win over Old Dominion, 10-4, this afternoon at Methany Field. The Scarlet Knights scored three in the seventh and four more in the eighth to improve to 3-2 this season. ODU falls to 4-5.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, junior Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice by Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ). Sophomore DH Steve Hook (Langhorne, PA) promptly delivered Rodriguez with a single to right to tie the game at 1-1. RU added two more in the sixth when Frazier reached on a single, moved to second when Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) was hit by a pitch and scored on a throwing error. Rodriguez then delivered Canuso with an RBI groundout.
RU added three more runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth, thanks to an RBI double by Graig Badger (Union, NJ) and Frazier’s second home run of the season, increasing its lead to 10-2. The Monarchs scored one run in each of the final three innings to round out the scoring.
Parker (1-1) allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned) in 8.0 innings, striking out nine. Sophomore Bobby Acampora (Ocean, NJ) allowed a run in the ninth.
Rutgers banged out 12 hits – two each from Badger, Frazier, Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) and Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ). The top three hitters in the lineup – Badger, Grose and Frazier – finished the day a combined 6-for-13 with seven runs scored and five RBI.
“We got down early but our kids hung in there and the bats came alive late,” said head coach Fred Hill. “Shaun Parker gave us our second-straight strong start and kept us in the game until we could get him some runs. I’m glad we were able to get Parker the win today because he deserved it.”
The two teams will complete their three-game series with a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. BOX SCORE