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Baseball Defeated in Doubleheader at Oklahoma
Scarlet Knights unable to hold late lead in nightcap
  • Posted on March 07, 2014 8:09:21 PM
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  • Freshman Tom Marcinczyk had four hits, four runs and a home run in the doubleheader.

    NORMAN, Okla. (March 7, 2014) – Rutgers baseball held a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader at Oklahoma, but the Sooners rallied for six runs to take the game, 7-5, to sweep the twinbill Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The first game featured 33 combined hits, as OU won 16-11.

    Freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) (four hits, four runs and a home run) and senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) (four hits, four RBIs and two runs) led the Scarlet Knights (3-8) offensively on the day, with the team picking up 25 hits between in the two games. It was the first contests in program history played in the state of Oklahoma.

    The series will take a break Saturday and conclude with a 2 p.m. ET game Sunday.


    GAME TWO

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    Win-Hayes (2-0) • Loss-Young (0-2) • Save-Garza Jr. (4) • T-3:12 •  A-635

    In contrast to the slugfest of the series opener, the starting pitchers from both sides took control of the second game of the day. Redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) allowed just three hits and one unearned run over six innings in his best start thus far for the Scarlet Knights, while Adam Choplick countered for the Sooners (11-4) will two runs allowed in 6.2 frames.

    RU out-hit OU by the count of 11 to eight, with junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.), junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.), senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.), senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) and Sweeney all having a pair of hits in a balanced offensive attack. The Scarlet Knights have recorded at least 10 hits in their last three games and in five of the last seven.

    Both starting pitchers settled in early, with OU breaking the deadlock in the fifth on a RU error on a miscommunication in the outfield to go up 1-0. That did not faze the Scarlet Knights, though, as Rutgers responded with a run to tie the game in the next half inning. Zarrillo beat out an infield chopper with two outs and advanced to second on a throwing error to situate himself in scoring position. D’Annunzio next sharply connected for an RBI single to even the game.

    Then in the seventh, Marcinczyk crushed his first career home run to the opposite field off Choplick to give Rutgers the lead at 2-1. That was not all, as Sweeney singled and moved up to second on a walk drawn by sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.). OU called the bullpen for a left-hander to face Zarrillo, who fouled off several breaking balls until grounding a crisp single up the middle to bring in Sweeney.

    The advantage grew to 5-1 in the eighth when Marcinczyk drove in O’Grady on a sacrifice fly and Sweeney lined a two-out single to plate Favatella. That would prove to be the last lead of the day for RU, as the Sooners rallied for six in the bottom of the eighth to go ahead. The home rally included five extra-base hits, two walks, one error and one stolen base.

    Ralph Garza Jr. worked perfect night to earn the save for Oklahoma, also giving Kyle Hayes (2-0) the victory. Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) (0-2) suffered the loss for Rutgers.


    GAME ONE

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    Win-Tasin (2-0) • Loss-Baxter (0-2) • Save-Krittenbrink (1) • T-3:25 •  A-635

    In an offensive slugfest that included a combined 33 hits, Rutgers baseball dropped the opener of its series at Oklahoma, 16-11. Marcinczyk led the Scarlet Knights with three hits, three runs and a walk, while Sweeney (three RBIs) and senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) also had a pair of knocks. RU recorded 12 hits in the game.

    Oklahoma countered with 19 hits and scored 12 of its runs with two outs. The game marked the first regular season meeting between the programs, as they previously only met in an NCAA Tournament game in 1998.

    Rutgers struck first in the second on a rally that started with two outs and no one on. Clemente singled up the middle to reach base, moving to third on a hit by freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.). Following a walk to Marcinczyk, Sweeney roped a 2-0 pitch over the head of the centerfielder to clear the bases and give Rutgers an early 3-0 lead.

    The lead would not last, though, as OU responded with six runs across with two outs in its half of the second. The inning included three RBI doubles and a two-run home run to center by Niko Buentello.

    RU scored one back in the next half inning on an unearned run. Favatella reached on an error to leadoff the frame and was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Zarrillo. With Zarrillo at first, OU tried to throw behind for a pickoff, but the throw went awry and allowed advancement to third base. Junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.), with two strikes, then lined a single up the middle for an RBI to make it 6-4.

    Oklahoma answered with a run on a pair of doubles in the bottom of the frame to make it 7-4. Then after an unsuccessful double steal ended the RU fifth, OU tacked on three more to up their total to 10.

    Bouncing back, Rutgers scored four unanswered with one in the fifth and three in the sixth to cut it to 10-8. Zavala lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home O’Grady, who hit his third triple of the season to start the fifth. Then in the sixth, both Marcinczyk and Sweeney singled to start the inning, with Marcinczyk then coming in on an error when freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) grounded one to shortstop. Favatella launched a deep fly to center that was tracked down for the first out, as Sweeney came in on the sacrifice fly. With two outs, OU brought in a left-hander to face Zarrillo, who laced a sharp RBI single the opposite way to make it a two-run game.

    The Sooners upped their advantage to three in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly and threatened for more. However, redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) entered from the bullpen and stranded three with a looking strikeout.

    Oklahoma put the game away with four unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth.

    On the mound, redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) (0-1) suffered the loss for Rutgers, while Robert Tasin (2-0) picked up the win for OU. Drew Krittenbrink was credited with the save.

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