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Baseball Drops Close Game to No. 10 Houston, 2-1
Scarlet Knights stranded the bases loaded in the ninth
  • Posted on April 06, 2014 5:27:41 PM
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  • Joe D'Annunzio had a double and single for Rutgers.
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    Win-Wellbrock (2-0) • Loss-Baxter (1-5) • Save-None • T-3:10 • A-142 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 6, 2014) – Rutgers baseball loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but could not capitalize in a 2-1 defeat to No. 10 Houston in the rubber game of the series Sunday at Bainton Field. The Scarlet Knights held the Cougars to three hits in the ballgame.

    After junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) pitched a scoreless inning in the top of the ninth, both junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) singled to put the pressure on. Freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Houston next decided to load the bases by intentionally walking senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.). However, Chase Wellbrock (2-0) picked up a looking strikeout and groundout to end the game and earn a win for himself and the Cougars.

    Offensively, both freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and D’Annunzio had two hits, as RU (11-16, 3-5) out-hit UH (25-6, 4-2), 7-3. Sweeney also hit a booming triple off the wall in left field in the fifth inning.

    Redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) battled on the mound to pitch five innings, allowing just one run and one hit. He also struck out six batters and overcame six walks to keep the Scarlet Knights around early.

    Following three scoreless innings from both sides, the Cougars jumped up 1-0 on an RBI single by Justin Montemayor. Driscoll limited the damage by stranding the bases loaded.

    The game stayed that way in the middle innings, as redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) and UH reliever Tyler Ford tossed more zeros on the board until the Scarlet Knights finally broke through in the seventh. D’Annunzio led off with a double to center and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Campbell. Marcinczyk followed with a grounder to second base with the infield back to drive in the tying run.

    However, Houston responded back with a score in the eighth. Frankie Ratcliff tripled to start the inning, but Baxter (1-5) was able to next induce a popup and strikeout to get two outs. Next, though, Montemayor hit a swinging bunt down the third base line that was unplayable for an RBI single.

    That score proved to be the difference, as Rutgers could not cash in in the ninth. RU had nine runners left on base in the game, while UH had eight stranded.

    The Scarlet Knights will look to return to the win column in a home game scheduled for Tuesday in Lakewood, N.J., at FirstEnergy Park versus Fordham. Admission is free and first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

    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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