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Baseball Falls in Extras at No. 22 UCF, 4-3
Sweeney records two more hits
  • Posted on April 26, 2014 8:58:41 PM
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  • Pat Sweeney moved up to the second spot in the order for the first time this year and went 2-for-3 with a walk, a hit by pitch and a run.
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    Win-Rodgers (5-1) • Loss-Young (0-4) • Save-None • T-3:34 • A-1,253 • Jay Bergman Field


    ORLANDO, Fla. (April 26, 2014) – Rutgers baseball dropped a back-and-forth affair in 11 innings at No. 22 UCF, 4-3, Saturday at Jay Bergman Field. It was the longest game by innings for the Scarlet Knights this season.

    Offensively, senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) moved up to the second spot in the order for the first time this year and went 2-for-3 with a walk, a hit by pitch and a run. The shortstop has had two hits in four of the last five games and is 9-for-18 (.500) over that stretch to raise his season average to a team-leading .361. Junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) also had a successful day reaching base with three walks in as many trips to the plate.

    On the mound, freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) took a no-decision in five innings pitched. The right-hander extended his streak to 19.1 innings without an earned run allowed before giving up a pair of runs in the outing. Redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) worked the next three frames and gave up just an unearned run in relief. Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) (0-4) took the loss in his longest appearance since Feb. 22, 2.1 innings.

    Rutgers (19-21, 6-7) scored first for the second-straight day with a run in the top of the fourth. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) roped a leadoff double and quickly advanced to third on a wild pitch. Senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) then lifted a fly ball deep enough to left to drive in the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly.

    In the next half inning, Erik Barber evened the game for UCF (27-16, 14-3) with a solo home run to left field. UCF took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a two-out RBI double by Derrick Salberg.

    The Scarlet Knights took advantage of three walks to knot the game again in the sixth. Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) and Favatella both based on balls and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Clemente. Following a pitching change, Zavala battled back after falling behind 0-2 to walk to load the bases. UCF called to the bullpen again, as junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) chopped a ball to third and beat it out for an RBI hit.

    RU went ahead 3-2 in the seventh on an unearned run. Sweeney singled with one out and moved all the way to third when senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) reached on an error. Zarrillo next connected for a sacrifice fly to put the visitors on top for the time being.

    However, UCF took advantage of a two-out, three-base error by Rutgers in the bottom of the eighth to tie the ballgame at three. Jordan Savinon provided the RBI base hit.

    The Knights looked to have won the game in the 10th when Savinon shot a ball up the middle with a runner at second, but Favatella made a full-extension backhanded grab to snare the ball and throw to first. Young then retired the next batter to send it to the 11th.

    Freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) recorded a two-out single up the middle in the top of the 11th, but was left there. A one-out single by Salberg, two wild pitches and a game-winning hit delivered by James Vasquez secured the 4-3 victory for the hosts.

    Zach Rodgers (5-1) earned the win for UCF with three innings pitched.

    Rutgers will look to salvage the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field. Redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.), who struck out 11 in his last outing, will start for the Scarlet Knights.

    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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