PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 2, 2014) – Continuing a stretch of five home series in six weeks, Rutgers baseball will host Temple this weekend in a three-game series at Bainton Field. The former Atlantic 10 conference rivals have not met for a league series since 1995.
The weekend will end with the Scarlet Knights shaving their heads to benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation following Sunday’s game. The program has raised over $7,000 so far, which will directly benefit kids fighting cancer. Click here for more information.
RVision will return to broadcast both the Saturday and Sunday games live from Bainton Field. Danny Breslauer will handle the play-by-play, with Tyler Karalewich (Saturday) and Jason Goldstein (Sunday) providing commentary. WRSU will also call the last two games at 88.7-FM and online.
Friday’s game will mark Greek Day and Saturday the Daily Targum will hand out prizes to those who cut out vouchers from the newspaper. RU also looks forward to another Youth Day on Sunday.
Game 43: Friday, May 2
First Pitch: 3 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: LHP Howie Brey (4-2, 2.57)
Temple Starter: RHP Matt Hockenberry (4-4, 3.78)
Live Stats: GameTracker
After a pair of rainouts earlier in the week, the Scarlet Knights (20-22, 6-8) added a Thursday game versus Iona and won, 10-5. Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, now having at least two knocks in five of the last seven games to raise his average to a team-best .375. Freshman Colin Bohnert (West Caldwell, N.J.) provided effective relief with 4.1 innings to earn his first career win. RU is now 12-4 in home games this season.
On the mound, sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) pitched a complete game last time at UCF and will once again make the series-opening start. The left-hander has held opponents to a .209 batting average against this season. Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) will get the ball in the middle game and leads the conference with 14.82 fly outs per game. He has held the opposition to a .190 average with runners on base. Out of the bullpen, redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) has allowed just two earned runs over his last seven appearances and 16.2 innings (1.08 ERA).
A freshman pitcher has started 32 games this season and freshmen have accounted for 71 percent of innings pitched (254.1) … senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) has started the last 187 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … Favatella (234, fourth) and classmate Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) (213, 11th) have both eclipsed 200 career hits this season and are among the all-time leader in hits in school history … the team has connected for 19 triples this season (sixth-most nationally), sixth-most in a season in school history through only 42 games … RU is 19-5 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 15-3 when limiting teams to four runs or less … RU is tied for second in the nation with 33 sacrifice flies, two off the leader.
The Owls (12-24, 7-8) are fifth in the standings and have won conference series over Memphis, Cincinnati and UConn this season. Robert Amaro leads the team in hitting at .309, while also driving in a team-best 33 runs. Matt Hockenberry will make the first start of the weekend and leads the staff with 64.1 innings pitched. Ryan Wheeler is in his third season as head coach.
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Rutgers leads the series, 44-24, dating back to 1941 and won the last meeting, 2-1, at Bainton Field in 2011. As previously mentioned, it will be the first conference series between the programs since 1995.
RU will continue its eight-game homestand with a Tuesday game against St. Peter’s at 1 p.m. The next conference series will be against USF at Bainton Field.