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Baseball Wins Doubleheader Opener over No. 10 Houston, 7-3
Cougars take second game, 9-1
  • Posted on April 05, 2014 8:50:11 PM
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  • Nick Favatella homered and doubled in the win.

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 5, 2014) – Playing home on the weekend for the first time this season, Rutgers baseball defeated No. 10 Houston, 7-3, in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday at Bainton Field. The Cougars responded with a 9-1 victory in the nightcap to even the series.

    The rubber game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast live on WRSU online and at 88.7-FM.

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    Win-Brey (3-1) • Loss-Garza (6-2) • Save-Young (6) • T-3:13 • A-204 • Bainton Field

    The win for the Scarlet Knights was the second for the team over a top-10 opponent this season, as RU also defeated No. 7 Louisville, 11-2, March 23. Houston was the first ranked opponent to travel to Bainton Field since UConn in 2011.

    Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) (3-1) earned the win in his first start since March 1, surrendering just two runs over five innings. The left-hander scattered five hits and walked one in the effective outing. Redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) provided solid relief with one run allowed over three innings, punching out four. Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) earned his sixth save by working the ninth.

    Offensively, Rutgers had four players pick up two hits on the way to 11 as a team against the top staff by ERA in the nation. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) slammed his second home run, while freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) drove in two runs to lead the way. The bats were able to score five runs earned runs off Houston starter Aaron Garza (6-2), who had given up just seven earned over 54.0 innings entering the day.

    RU took an early lead with runs in both the first and third innings. In the initial appearance at the plate, Favatella roped a one-out double and came around on a two-out RBI single to left field by junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.). Then two innings later, Favatella lifted his 11th career long ball to left-center to put the Scarlet Knights up 2-0.

    However, Josh Vidales evened the game for the visitors with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth. Brey was able to minimize the damage by inducing a fly out right after the tying hit.

    The game did not stay 2-2 for long, as Rutgers connected for four hits and two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) led off with a single to right-center and moved up to third on a double off the right field wall by classmate Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.). Following a lineout, sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) laced an RBI single through the right side to plate Campbell. Carter added another run on a single on a 2-0 pitch to score Marcinczyk, upping the lead to 4-2.

    The Scarlet Knights tacked on three more in the sixth for insurance. Campbell started with his second hit of the game, a double to left-center. Then after a fly out and pitching change, senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) walked and Devish was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Carter next grounded a ball to second base for an RBI fielder’s choice, but the throw was muffed and Sweeney also came around unearned.

    In the eighth, Herrmann permitted a run, but ended the rally with a 4-6-3 double play to send the game to the ninth. The Cougars also threatened then by putting the first two on, but Young entered to notch the save. Campbell picked up the first two outs by snaring a liner at third and doubling the runner at second, with Young recording a striking to end the game. Young’s six saves tie him for eighth in a single season in school history.

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    Win-Lemoine (5-1) • Loss-Rosa (2-2) • Save-None • T-2:43 • A-133 • Bainton Field

    After a 30 minute break, Houston used a complete game by Jake Lemoine (5-1) to take the second game by the count of 9-1. Lemoine allowed five hits, one run and two walks while registering nine strikeouts. Casey Grayson drove in four for the Cougars.

    After RU stranded runners at the corners in the first, UH scored two unearned run in the second and added another in the third to go up 3-0. The lead was extended with four runs in the fifth, including a long ball by Grayson.

    Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) broke the shutout with a solo home run the other way in the sixth inning. It was his team-leading third long ball of the season. Zarrillo led the Scarlet Knights with two hits in the second game.

    Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) (2-2) suffered the loss in 4.1 innings on the mound. It was his first start at home.

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