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O'Grady Walk-Off Homer Lifts Baseball in 14 Innings
Game lasted 14 innings and 4:10
  • Posted on May 02, 2014 7:57:34 PM
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    Win-Young (1-4) • Loss-White (0-4) • Save-None • T-4:10 • A-88 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 2, 2014) – Senior Brian O'Grady (Warminster, Pa.) connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the 14th inning to give Rutgers baseball a 5-4 win over Temple in the series opener Friday at Bainton Field. It was the fourth long ball of the season for the veteran and first walk-off homer for the Scarlet Knights since current senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) connected April 3, 2012 against Princeton.

    The game lasted 4:10, marking the longest game by time in Bainton Field history (opened in 2007). In addition, it matched the longest game by innings at the facility, as RU played Notre Dame to 14 frames May 8, 2011. The Scarlet Knights last played a game lasting four hours Feb. 19, 2012 at Miami (4:00).

    After Rutgers (21-22, 7-8) had not scored since the fifth inning, O’Grady stepped up with one out in the 14th and sent a towering drive over the right field fence. Five of his seven career homer runs have come at Bainton Field. The game-winner was also O’Grady’s second hit of the day to bring his career total to 215, tying Bob Windows for 10th-most in school history.

    Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) (1-4) also highlighted the game for RU with 6.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The right-hander entered in the eighth and went the rest of the way with six strikeouts in the 99-pitch outing, stranding eight runners on base from the ninth inning on.

    Rutgers jumped up to a 2-0 early lead in the third inning. Freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) singled with one out and moved up to third on a double down the left field line by sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.). Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) then singled through the right side to drive in the first runs of the game.

    The lead grew to 3-0 one inning later. Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) drew a walk, stole second and moved to third on a single by senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.). Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) next grounded a ball to first base with the infield back to gather an RBI.

    In the fifth, Carter doubled with one out and came home on a RBI double by O’Grady with two down to make it 4-0.

    However, the Owls (12-25, 7-9) rallied for three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to even the game. The tying run scored on a safety squeeze. Temple did put two in scoring position in the ninth inning, but D’Annunzio denied both runs with a diving catch in left field to end the inning.

    The game stayed knotted at four all the way until O’Grady smashed a first pitch into the shrubbery in the 14th inning. It was the second game-ending hit for RU this season, as senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) hit a walk-off single versus Hartford April 11.

    Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) left in line to win as the starting pitcher, but took a no-decision after Temple tied the game late. The left-hander struck out four over 6.1 innings and surrendered two runs.

    Zach White (0-4) suffered the loss for the Owls with 2.1 innings of relief. The visitors used five different pitchers in the game.

    Rutgers and Temple are set to get right back to Bainton Field Saturday in game two of the series at 1 p.m. RVision and WRSU will have the broadcast.

    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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