PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 14, 2014) – Rutgers baseball will continue its 13-game homestand Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. game versus Lafayette at Bainton Field. It will be the sixth consecutive non-conference game for the Scarlet Knights, as the team had a league bye last weekend.
Game 33: Wednesday, April 16
First Pitch: 3:30 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: LHP Ryan Fleming (1-0, 6.75)
Lafayette Starter: RHP Trevor Houck (0-1, 4.50)
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The Scarlet Knights (14-18, 3-5) are coming off a home series win versus Hartford at Bainton Field. Senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 4-3 win in the opener, before freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) did not allow an earned run over eight innings in a 4-1 game two victory. Rosa, who also recorded a career-best six strikeouts, picked up a spot on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the efforts. The Hawks took the series finale, 11-8, as it was the first non-conference home weekend series for RU since 1997.
Following the weekend, seven hitters are hitting at least .300 to help to a .285 team average. Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) leads the charge at .358 for the year, while classmate Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) went 7-for-15 (.467) with six runs and six RBIs last week. Freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) has also been hot of late, having gone 14-of-35 (.400) over the last 10 games, including two triples Sunday versus Hartford.
Freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) will make his seventh start and eighth appearance of the season against the Leopards Tuesday. The left-hander earned his first career win versus Fordham last week, working six innings with three runs allowed.
A freshman pitcher has started 24 games this season and freshmen have accounted for 72 percent of innings pitched (195.0) … senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) has started the last 174 games, the fifth-longest active streak in the nation … Favatella (225) and O’Grady (203) have both eclipsed 200 career hits this season … the team has connected for 16 triples this season (seventh-most nationally), one short of tying for seventh-most in a season in school history … RU is 13-3 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 10-1 when limiting to four runs or less … the offense has scored 31 runs in the first inning, the most of any frame … Zarrillo, O’Grady and Favatella have each had 12-multiple hit games this season … RU is fourth in the nation with 26 sacrifice flies.
The Leopards (10-18, 3-7) split a home Patriot League series versus Navy over the weekend, including a 9-7 victory in the finale. The offense is hitting .228 as a team this season, while the pitching staff has worked to a 4.14 ERA. Head coach Joe Kinney is in his 15th season at the helm of the program.
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Rutgers and Lafayette already once met this season in a neutral site game in Richmond, Va., with the Scarlet Knights winning, 5-1. Click here for the full recap. RU leads the all-time series, 65-27, including an 8-3 win in the last meeting between the teams at Bainton Field April 18, 2012.
RU will return to conference play Thursday to start a three-game series versus Cincinnati at Bainton Field.