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Baseball Falls Short in Pitcher’s Duel at No. 22 UCF, 3-1
Brey tosses first career complete game
  • Posted on April 25, 2014 9:46:37 PM
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  • Howie Brey pitched his first career complete game.
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    Win-Skoglund (7-1) • Loss-Brey (4-2) • Save-None • T-2:17 • A-1,344 • Jay Bergman Field


    ORLANDO, Fla. (April 25, 2014) – Rutgers baseball fell on the wrong end of the pitcher’s duel Friday, falling to No. 22 UCF, 3-1, in the series opener at Jay Bergman Field. Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) worked a career-long eight innings, while UCF starter Eric Skoglund pitched nine.

    Offensively, freshman Chris Folinusz (Cranford, N.J.) reached base three times with two singles, while senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) recorded his team-leading 15th multiple-hit game with two hits. In addition, freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) extended his hitting streak to 10 games. RU out-hit UCF in the contest, 9-6.

    Brey (4-2) suffered his first loss since the opening weekend in his first complete game individually and for the Scarlet Knights this season. After working to the minimum with no hits allowed through three, he scattered six hits in giving up three runs. The left-hander kept UCF off balance with 15 out recorded through the air. Skoglund (7-1) tossed his third complete game for the win, striking out seven.

    Rutgers (19-20, 6-6) took the lead with one run in the second. Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) attacked the first pitch of the inning and smacked a double to the left-center gap, with freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) following with a successful drag bunt single. Next up, sophomore John Jennings (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) grounded a ball up the middle that was turned into a double play, but Sweeney did come across during the action.

    UCF (26-16, 13-3) claimed the lead with two runs in the fourth. Dylan Moore singled to lead off and moved up on one-out bunt single by Erik Barbor. A RBI double by James Vazquez followed to tie the game, with a run-scoring groundout by Matt Diorio putting the Knights ahead. An insurance run was added in the sixth on a double by Barbor and single by Diorio.

    Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) connected for a pinch-hit single with one out in the ninth, but Skoglund induced a fly out and picked up a strikeout to end the game. It was the only the second time this season RU lost when giving up four or less runs.

    Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.), who has not allowed an earned run over his last 16.1 innings, will take the mound for the Scarlet Knights.

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