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Baseball Loses at No. 7 Louisville, 9-8
Scarlet Knights total 13 hits in game
  • Posted on March 22, 2014 6:07:39 PM
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  • Freshman Christian Campbell had three hits Saturday.
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    Win-Sturgeon (1-0) • Loss-Brey (2-1) • Save-Burdi (3) • T-3:27 • A-1,388 • Patterson Stadium


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 22, 2014) – Rutgers baseball held a late lead, but ultimately dropped the middle game of the series at No. 7 Louisville, 9-8, Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit to add up to 13 knocks for the Scarlet Knights.

    Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) led the bats with three RBIs, while freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) collected a team-high three hits. In addition, senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) reached base three times on a single and two walks, as RU (7-12, 0-2) has scored at least three runs in 15 of the last 16 games.

    On the mound, freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) worked 3.2 innings in his third start of the season, with redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) following with three effective frames in relief. Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) (2-1) made his first appearance in three weeks and took the loss despite not surrendering an earned run over 1.1 innings.

    With the game tied at five in the sixth, Rutgers rallied for three runs on three hits, a walk and an error to jump up 8-5. Both Campbell and freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) singled to put runners at the corners with no outs to start the situation. Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) then lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that was dropped, allowing Campbell to score and putting two more in scoring position. Sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) next laced an RBI single through the right side to plate Marcinczyk. Sweeney immediately followed home as the next pitch in the sequence went to the backstop on a wild pitch.

    The game stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when the Cardinals (17-5, 2-0) tied the score. Three singles loaded the bases, but a strikeout and sacrifice fly minimized the damage to one run at that point before an usual play tied the game with two outs. Pinch hitter Kyle Gibson grounded a hot shot that was flagged down at first, but the flip to the bag was late. As that was going on, the runner from second rounded third and headed home, but the throw was late and wild to allow the trail runner to score unearned as well.

    The go-ahead run for Louisville came across when a fly ball was dropped with one out and a stolen base put him at third in the bottom of the eighth. Following an intentional walk, Zack Lucas chopped a ball up the middle and the only play was to second for the fielder’s choice, with the Grant Kay coming in from third on the play.

    Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) lined a one-out single in the ninth and advanced to second on a passed ball, but was stranded there to end the game. Nick Burdi was credited with his third save and Cole Sturgeon (1-0) picked up the win for the Cardinals.

    After falling behind early in the series opener, the Scarlet Knights started fast with three runs in the first inning. Favatella worked a walk on a full count with one out to reach and moved up to third on a single through the right side by O’Grady. O’Grady also moved into scoring position on the throw. Next, Zarrillo stepped up and battled after falling behind 0-2, lacing a single up the middle to score a pair. Following a flyout, Campbell connected for a two-out RBI single through the left side to score Zarrillo, who had moved up to second on the throw home previously.

    The Cardinals responded with one in their half of the first, scoring on an infield single. Then RU added another in the second with two outs and no runners on. Devish was hit by a pitch and freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) stroked a single the other way to put two on. Favatella next attacked the first pitch and shot a ball through the left side to drive in Devish, making it 4-1.

    UofL then put up three unanswered between the third and fourth to tie it up. Each team scored in the fifth, as Zarrillo picked up his third RBI of the game on a two-out single to score Favatella.

    That would lead to the late innings where both teams put up rallies.

    Rutgers will look to salvage game three of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest ends the 11-day spring break trip for the Scarlet Knights.

    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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