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Baseball Finishes Sweep of Cincinnati, 4-1
Driscoll strikes out career-high 11 hitters in six innings
  • Posted on April 19, 2014 4:50:01 PM
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  • Kyle Driscoll struck out a career-best 11 hitters against Cincinnati.
    Ben Solomon
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    Win-Driscoll (3-2) • Loss-Ring (1-2) • Save-Herrmann (3) • T-2:21 • A-478 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 19, 2014) – Behind a career-high 11 strikeouts from redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) and timely hitting, Rutgers baseball completed a weekend sweep of Cincinnati with a 4-1 victory Saturday at Bainton Field. The win improved to the Scarlet Knights (18-18, 6-5) to .500 for the first time this season after starting the year 0-4.

    Driscoll (3-2) worked six innings to earn the win, striking out 11 of the 23 batters he faced. The right-hander surrendered just two hits, two walks and one run in the 92-pitch outing. Redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) worked the last three frames with no runs allowed to earn his third save of the season and second of the series. The two pitchers combined to hold the Bearcats (15-23, 3-12) to three hits in the game.

    Offensively, seniors Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) and Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) both had two hits, while junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) drew three walks. RU improved to 14-6 when out-hitting the opponent.

    Driscoll started the game by striking out the side in the first two innings and added another in the third to record the first seven outs via the punchout. He allowed a runner to reach third with one out in the fourth, but Sweeney snared a liner at shortstop and Zarrillo made a nice running catch in foul territory to keep the game locked at zero.

    Rutgers finally broke the deadlock with two runs in the fifth. Sweeney hit a ground-rule double to left field to leadoff and sophomore John Jennings (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) worked to a 2-0 count before UC hooked starter Matt Ring in favor of the bullpen. Jennings ended up drawing a walk to put two on, with sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) laying down a sacrifice bunt to move two into scoring position. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) next stepped up and grounded a ball to second base with the infield back for an RBI. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) then capped the rally with a two-out single to left to make it 2-0.

    Cincinnati fought back with a score in the top of the sixth to cut it to a one-run game. Ian Happ walked, stole second, stole third and came in on an infield chopper by Matt Williams.

    The Scarlet Knights added two more in the bottom of the sixth to stake a three-run advantage. Zarrillo walked to start and came all the way around on a RBI triple to the left field corner by junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.). Following a strikeout, Sweeney laced a sharp single to left to drive in D’Annunzio for what turned out to the final run of the game.

    Herrmann took over in the seventh and finished the game to secure the first weekend sweep of the season for the Scarlet Knights. UC did put a runner on first in the ninth, but could not bring up the tying run to the plate.

    Ring (1-2) was charged the loss in his first start for Cincinnati since Feb. 28, the Scarlet Knights have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Bearcats.

    Rutgers will close out its 13-game homestand with a makeup game against Rider Tuesday. First pitch from Bainton Field will be at 3 p.m. and WRSU will have the call.

    NOTES
    Driscoll’s 11 strikeouts are the most by a RU pitcher since Charlie Law had 12 at William & Mary last season … Favatella has started the last 178 games dating back to his freshman season, the five-longest active streak in the nation … Carter increased his hitting streak to seven games … the pitching staff allowed just three hits in a game for the third time this season (at Louisville, vs. Hartford) … 12 of the 18 wins this season have ended with a save … the school record of 15 saves in a season was set last year … RU is 17-3 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 14-1 when limiting teams to four runs or less … the last Rutgers three-game sweep was at home versus Georgetown (May 11-12, 2013) … the team now has 18 triples this season, tied for sixth-most in a single season in program history … it was the 13th multiple-hit game for O’Grady to lead the Scarlet Knights … the game-time temperature was 54 degrees … the attendance of 478 was in the highest for a game at Bainton Field this season.

    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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