PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior RHP Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) made it two in a row, earning the second BIG EAST weekly honor for a Rutgers player in as many weeks. Egbert was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, sharing the honor with Georgetown’s Warren Sizemore.
Egbert was the winning pitcher in RU’s 2-1, 10-inning victory at Old Dominion on Friday, Feb. 27. Facing one of the nation’s top pitchers in Justin Verlander, Egbert held the Monarchs scoreless for 8.1 innings, coming within one out of a complete-game shutout.
Egbert went into the ninth inning holding a 1-0 lead and, after retiring the opening batter, an infield error put the tying run on base. A walk and an infield error loaded the bases and, with one out, a sacrifice fly produced an unearned run to tie the game. The Scarlet Knights then won the game in the top of the tenth on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ).
Egbert allowed just three hits, all singles, walked two and struck out six. He faced 34 batters in the contest and threw first-pitch strikes to 29 of them (85.3%).
Senior second baseman Graig Badger (Union, NJ) earned the league’s Player of the Week award a week earlier on Feb. 23.
RU returns to action this Friday, March 5, when it travels to Atlanta, GA for a three-game series with No. 13 Georgia Tech.
Other RU Baseball News and Notes:
· RU’s pitching staff posted a 2.33 ERA, allowing just seven earned runs in 27.0 IP. The combination of Jack Egbert and Shaun Parker, RU’s top two starters, allowed just 11 hits and two earned runs in 17.0 IP, walking four and striking out 15. Egbert allowed just one unearned run in nine innings on Friday and Parker followed with 8.0 strong innings on Saturday (2 ER, 9 K).
· With two home runs, Jeff Frazier now has 23 in his career, tied for fifth on the RU career list with current assistant coach Glen Gardner (1986-88). He is nine HR shy of Pete Zoccolillo’s (1996-99) career mark of 32. Frazier, with 118 RBI, needs three more to crack the top 10 at Rutgers in that category as well.
· Graig Badger, with six walks and one stolen base, now has 105 and 58, respectively in his career. Badger is fifth in walks, just 12 behind all-time leader Scott Trochim (1984-87) with 117 and is tied for fifth in stolen bases with Dennis Mendoza (1969-71), 27 shy of all-time leader Doug Alongi (1991-93).
· Junior Jeff Grose was hit in the back of the helmet in the third inning on Sunday and left the game with dizziness. His status will be re-evaluated as the week progresses. RU was still without starting shortstop Mike Bionde (shoulder) and centerfielder Nick Cerulo (thumb).