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Baseball Heads to Jacksonville
  • Posted on February 21, 2014 3:19:35 PM
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  • Eric Espada

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 21, 2013) – Heading to the state of Florida for the second-straight week, Rutgers baseball is set to take on Jacksonville in a three-game series at John Sessions Stadium. Due to inclement weather Friday, the series will consist of a doubleheader Saturday (3 p.m.) and one game Sunday (1 p.m.).

    This will mark the first series for the Scarlet Knights with Joe Litterio serving officially as the head coach. He had been on the Rutgers staff for the last two seasons, being the head coach at Wagner from 2000-11.

    Game 5: Saturday, February 22
    First Pitch: 3 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: LHP Howie Brey (0-0, 3.60)
    Jacksonville Starter: RHP Alex McRae (0-1, 5.40)
    Live Stats: Link

    Game 6: Saturday, February 22
    First Pitch: 6 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: RHP Kyle Driscoll (0-0, 2.25)
    Jacksonville Starter: RHP Justin Russell (1-0, 0.00)
    Live Stats: Link

    Game 7: Sunday, February 23
    First Pitch: 1 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: RHP Kevin Baxter (0-0, 0.00)
    Jacksonville Starter: RHP Zach Gordon (0-2, 8.44)
    Live Stats: Link
    Live Audio: Link

    After starting the season with four defeats at FIU, Rutgers (0-4) looks to rebound against Jacksonville. The Scarlet Knights had 13 different players make their collegiate debut in the series, including a nation-leading nine freshmen pitchers (three redshirts) used. Both sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) went five innings in their first career starts against the Panthers. Redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.), who tossed four innings of relief last week, will make his first career start in the middle game of the series.

    At the plate, freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) picked up a hit in every game, with senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) reaching base at a .636 clip from the designated hitter spot. Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) had a career day in the first game of the season, going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run. Additionally, freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) led Rutgers in the series finale with four quality at bats in as many trips, recording two singles, a sacrifice fly and a hit by pitch.

    The Dolphins (1-3), under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Montez, went 17-39 last season and 8-19 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The team took one game against No. 19 TCU in a road series to start year before falling to No. 5 Florida State in its home opener Tuesday.

    Click here to read the full JU preview.

    This set will mark the first weekend series between RU and JU, but the programs have met twice previously. The Dolphins took the first meeting in 1968, 1-0, with the Scarlet Knights winning an NCAA Regional elimination game in Tallahassee, Fla., 8-5.

    The Scarlet Knights also started the 2011 season with back-to-back weekends in the Sunshine State to start the year.

    Rutgers will travel to the state of Virginia next weekend to take on Old Dominion for a three-game series.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding baseball, follow the program on Twitter @baseballRU and Tumblr.

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