ATLANTA, GA - A trio of red-shirt freshmen – Steve Healing (Brick, NJ), Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ) and Dave Williams (Franklin, NJ) – propelled the Rutgers baseball team to a thrilling, 7-5, comeback win over No. 13 Georgia Tech this afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium." />
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Red-shirt Reinforcements Lift Scarlet Knights Past No. 13 GA Tech, 7-5
  • Posted on March 06, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • ATLANTA, GA - A trio of red-shirt freshmen – Steve Healing (Brick, NJ), Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ) and Dave Williams (Franklin, NJ) – propelled the Rutgers baseball team to a thrilling, 7-5, comeback win over No. 13 Georgia Tech this afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. Rutgers entered the top of the ninth trailing 4-3, but used a two-run double from Miller and a two-run single from Williams to key the win, while Healing allowed just one run in 2.2 innings of relief work to earn the win. Today’s victory improves Rutgers to 4-3, while Tech falls to 7-5. It also snaps a five-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets and helps heal the wounds from yesterday’s ninth-inning loss.

    Senior Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) got it rolling in the ninth, lining a leadoff double into the right-center gap. He was sacrificed over to third by Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) and, after a walk to Graig Badger (Union, NJ), RU head coach Fred Hill sent the right-handed hitting Miller to the plate to face GT southpaw Lee Hyde. After the count ran to 1-1, GT head coach Danny Hall called to the bullpen for righty Phillip Perry and two pitches later, Miller lined a double down the line in right, scoring Cerulo and Badger.

    An intentional walk to Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ), his second of the game, put runners at first and second for Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ), who moved the pair along with a groundout and set the stage for Williams, who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Williams drove a 1-0 fastball into left, scoring Miller and Frazier for a 7-4 lead.

    In the bottom of the ninth, Healing retired Tyler Greene on a popup to right, but allowed a home run to Mike Nickeas, cutting the lead to 7-5, and an infield single to Brandon Boggs, putting the tying run at the plate. After a mound visit from Hill, Healing settled down, striking out Micah Owings and ending the game with a line drive to deep center, which Cerulo tracked down just steps away from the warning track.

    Georgia Tech scored a run in the first , but the Scarlet Knights tied the game in the top of the fourth on a mammoth solo home run off the bat of Frazier, his third of the season. In the bottom of the fourth, Tech tacked on two more runs for a 3-1 lead on a single from Owings and a bases-loaded walk.

    After a scoreless fifth, Rutgers plated two in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3. Frazier led off with a single to left and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Rodriguez walked to put runners at first and second for Gaynor, who roped a double into the corner in left, scoring both runners and tying the game.

    RU starter Shaun Parker (Mt. Holly, NJ) (6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER) left the game with the score tied at 3-3 and runners at the corners, but Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ) walked the bases loaded and allowed an RBI single to Boggs, which gave the Yellow Jackets a 4-3 lead. The damage could have been worse, but Healing wiggled out of the bases-loaded, one out jam by inducing a popup and fly out to end the inning.

    “Our guys really battled today,” said Hill. “We were down at three different times in the game and our kids didn’t give up and they were rewarded for that with a big win. I was happy to see some of our younger guys step into difficult situations and do a great job for us.”

    Gaynor and Frazier were both 2-for-3, with Gaynor hitting a pair of doubles and driving in two runs. Healing (2-0) allowed two hits and one run in 2.2 innings.

    The series wraps up on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with Erik Dial (Basking Ridge, NJ) making his third start of the season for Rutgers.

                                 ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                  Rutgers at #13 Georgia Tech
                          Mar 06, 2004 at Atlanta, GA (Russ Chandler)
    
    Rutgers 7 (4-4)                               Georgia Tech 5 (7-5)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  1  1  0       Eric Patterson 2b..........  5  2  2  0
    GROSE, Jeff dh.............  4  0  0  0       Tyler Greene ss............  5  0  1  0
     MILLER, Jeff ph/dh........  1  1  1  2       Mike Nickeas 1b............  4  1  1  1
    FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  3  3  2  1       Brandon Boggs cf...........  4  1  2  1
    CANUSO, Rich 1b............  5  0  0  0       Micah Owings dh............  4  1  1  1
    DEFENDIS, Johnny lf........  3  0  0  0       Clifton Remole rf..........  4  0  0  0
     WILLIAMS, David ph/lf.....  2  0  1  2       Wes Hodges 3b..............  3  0  2  0
    RODRIGUEZ, Cory 3b.........  4  1  0  0       Steven Blackwood lf........  3  0  0  1
    GAYNOR, Colin c............  3  0  2  2       Andy Hawranick c...........  4  0  0  0
    CERULO, Nick cf............  4  1  1  0       Brian Burks p..............  0  0  0  0
    GROVER, Jason ss...........  3  0  0  0        Ryan Self p...............  0  0  0  0
    PARKER, Shaun p............  0  0  0  0        Nick Wagner p.............  0  0  0  0
     KALB, Aaron p.............  0  0  0  0        Lee Hyde p................  0  0  0  0
     HEALING, Steve p..........  0  0  0  0        Philip Perry p............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 35  7  8  7       Totals..................... 36  5  9  4
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Rutgers............. 000 102 004 -  7  8  3
    Georgia Tech........ 100 200 101 -  5  9  2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Rodriguez 2; Gaynor; Patterson, E; Remole, C.. DP - Rutgers 1. LOB - Rutgers 8;
    
    GTECH 10. 2B - Miller; Gaynor 2(3); Cerulo(1). HR - Frazier(3); Nickeas, M.. HBP -
    Gaynor. SH - Grover. SB - Badger(3); Cerulo(1); Greene, T.; Boggs, B.. CS - Nickeas,
    M..
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    PARKER, Shaun .............   6.1  5  4  3  5  3   0  1  0  0   24 29   6  8
    KALB, Aaron ...............   0.0  1  0  0  1  0   0  0  0  0    1  2   0  0
    HEALING, Steve  W,2-0......   2.2  3  1  1  0  1   0  0  0  0   11 11   6  1
    
    Georgia Tech                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Brian Burks ...............   5.1  3  2  2  1  5   0  0  1  0   20 22   5  6
    Ryan Self .................   0.1  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    1  1   0  0
    Nick Wagner ...............   0.2  2  1  1  1  1   0  0  0  0    4  5   1  0
    Lee Hyde  L,0-1............   2.0  1  2  2  2  3   0  0  0  1    6  9   1  2
    Philip Perry ..............   0.2  2  2  2  1  0   0  0  0  1    4  5   0  2
    
    HBP - by Burks, B. (Gaynor). BK - Parker.
    
    Strikeouts - Badger 2; Grose; Canuso; Defendis 2; Rodriguez; Gaynor; Cerulo 2;
    Owings, M. 2; Blackwood, S; Hawranick, A. Walks - Badger 2; Frazier 2; Rodriguez;
    Nickeas, M.; Boggs, B.; Owings, M.; Remole, C.; Hodges, W.; Blackwood, S.
    
    Umpires - HP: Ken Couch  1B: Steve Manders  3B: Tony Thompson
    Start: 1:00 pm   Time: 3:21   Attendance: 1000
    
    Kalb faced 2 batters in the 7th.
    Game: GTECH-2
    
    Next Game
    1:00 PM vs. CINCINNATI W, 4-1 
     
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