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Rosa Hurls Gem in 3-1 Victory
Rutgers clinches series over Cincinnati
  • Posted on April 18, 2014 4:30:27 PM
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  • Gaby Rosa earned his fourth win of the season with 8.1 innings pitched versus Cincinnati.
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    Win-Rosa (4-2) • Loss-Walsh (3-6) • Save-Young (7) • T-1:59 • A-221 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 18, 2014) – Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) did not allow an earned run over 8.1 innings to propel Rutgers baseball to a 3-1 victory over Cincinnati Friday at Bainton Field. The win clinches the series for the Scarlet Knights, as the game took just 1:59.

    Rosa (4-2), who pitched eight innings last week versus Hartford, worked into the ninth inning to record the longest start by a RU pitcher this season. The right-hander scattered eight hits, but walked only one batter in the first inning. He induced 15 outs through the air in the 108-pitch outing.

    Offensively, RU (17-18, 5-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning that would ultimately stand. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) led off with an infield single and immediately scored on a ringing double to left by senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.). Next up, senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) shot a ball through the right side to drive home the second run. Following a pickoff and walk drawn by junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.), Cincinnati called to the bullpen. Senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) greeted new pitcher with a single to center, as a fielder’s choice followed to put Zarrillo at third and junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) at first with two down. Zavala took a large lead and dashed towards second to get in a rundown long enough for Zarrillo to steal home for the third run.

    That rally would prove to be enough, as UC (15-22, 3-11) reliever Colton Cleary did not allow another runner over the next 7.2 innings. He sat down the last 23 batters faced with five strikeouts.

    The Bearcats threatened to score in the fifth on a potential sacrifice fly, but freshman right fielder Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) prevented the score with his fourth outfield assist of the season. UC did come through with an unearned run in the sixth. Ian Happ doubled to start and came around one batter later on an error.

    In the ninth, Rosa surrendered two singles sandwiched between an out before head Joe Litterio called the bullpen for junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.). The right-hander induced a routine fly ball and groundout to notch his seventh save of the season.

    Connor Walsh (3-6) suffered the loss for the visitors.

    Rutgers, winners of five of the last six, will attempt to pick up its first three-game sweep of the season Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on RVision and WRSU from Bainton Field. Redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) will make the start for the Scarlet Knights.

    NOTES
    Rosa entered the start leading the conference in fly outs per game at 14.34 … he previously had starts of eight innings at No. 7 Louisville and versus Hartford … Favatella has started the last 177 games dating back to his freshman season, the five-longest active streak in the nation … Carter increased his hitting streak to six games and has eight hits in the last three games … RU last played a game under two hours May 5, 2012 versus Pittsburgh at home (1:59) … Young’s seven saves this year are the eighth-most by a Scarlet Knight in a season in school history … RU is 16-3 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 13-1 when limiting teams to four runs or less … the four hits are the least amount in the Rutgers win since having that many May 3, 2011 versus Temple … the game-time temperature was 46 degrees.

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