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Sweeney Leads Baseball Past Fordham, 13-3
Scarlet Knights record season-high 17 hits
  • Posted on April 08, 2014 9:56:43 PM
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    Win-Fleming (1-0) • Loss-Weissert (1-1) • Save-None • T-2:43 • A-327 •FirstEnergy Park


    LAKEWOOD, N.J. (April 8, 2014) – Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) went 4-for-4 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs to lead Rutgers baseball to a 13-3 win over Fordham Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws. The Scarlet Knights pounded out a season-high 17 hits in the victory.

    Freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) also went 3-for-4, while freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.), senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) and junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) all added two hits in the offensive outburst. It was the 15th time this season RU (12-16) racked up at least 10 hits in a game.

    On the mound, freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) (1-0) earned his first career victory after giving up three runs over a season-long six innings. The left-hander struck out four in the 93-pitch outing. Freshman Ian Riddell (Millburn, N.J.) tossed two innings of scoreless relief and classmate Colin Bohnert (West Caldwell, N.J.) sealed the win with an uneventful ninth inning. Freshmen have now tossed 174.1 innings this season for the Scarlet Knights.

    After the Rams (12-17) scored a run in the top of the first, RU scored three of its own in its first time at the plate. Favatella started the rally with a one-out double off the right field wall and moved up on a single by O’Grady. Following a caught stealing, Zarrillo beat out an RBI infield single to tie the score. The Scarlet Knights then went ahead on a throwing error that allowed Zarrillo to score from first, with Marcinczyk adding a two-out RBI single to make it 3-1.

    Fleming tossed a scoreless second to get the Scarlet Knights back to the plate. Sweeney started the inning off with a towering blast to the berm in left field for his second career home run. Then after an out, Carter doubled, Favatella tripled and O’Grady singled to add two more, completing a team cycle in five batters. The frame did not end there, as Zarrillo singled and junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Marcinczyk came through with a sacrifice fly to cap the inning at four runs and five hits.

    After Fordham scored one on an RBI double in the third, RU answered back with one in the bottom of the inning to maintain a six-run lead. Sweeney reached second on a hustle-double through the left side to start and eventually came around four batters later on a sacrifice fly by O’Grady.

    The pitchers from both sides settled in during the middle innings, with a run by Fordham in the sixth cutting it to 8-3. However, the Scarlet Knights broke the game open with four in the seventh. D’Annunzio and Marcinczyk both singled to begin the rally, with freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) advancing them into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Staying hot at the plate, Sweeney immediately drove both of them in on a clean single. Sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) followed with a single of his own, as Carter ended up driving them both home with a two-run hit up the middle to cap the rally.

    Rutgers added one more in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk drawn by sophomore John Jennings (Berkeley Heights, N.J.).

    Greg Weissert (1-1) was tagged with the loss for Fordham, which used six pitchers in the game.

    The Scarlet Knights will return to Bainton Field Wednesday to host Columbia at 3:30 p.m.

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