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Baseball Outlasts Temple, 4-3
Favatella makes game-saving defensive play
  • Posted on May 03, 2014 4:41:33 PM
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  • Nick Favatella made a strong defensive play to end the game.
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    Win-Rosa (5-2) • Loss-Vanderslice (0-3) • Save-Herrmann (4) • T-2:24 • A-351 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 3, 2014) – Rutgers baseball raced out to a 4-0 lead early and held on late to defeat Temple, 4-3, Saturday in the middle game of the series at Bainton Field. The victory clinches the set for the Scarlet Knights and improves the team back to .500 at 22-22 overall and 8-8 in the American Athletic Conference.

    The Owls (12-26, 7-10) used an error, sacrifice bunt and wild pitch to put the tying run at third with two outs in the ninth. Reyn Sugai then grounded a ball up the middle that seemed destined for centerfield, but senior second baseman Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) snared it and fired an off-balanced throw to first in time to seal the victory.

    Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) (5-2) picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season with two earned runs allowed over seven-plus innings. The right-hander, who entered the weekend leading the league in fly outs, picked up 15 outs through the air and did allow a hit until two outs in the sixth inning.

    In relief, senior Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) worked one inning in his 47th career appearance to move the game to the ninth with RU leading. Redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) earned his fourth save of the season with one scoreless frame, pitching around a leadoff error in the field.

    Offensively, freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) each picked up two hits, while senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) walked twice. Junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) led all players in the game with two RBIs.

    Rutgers scored a run in the first inning for the 19th time this season to jump ahead early. Carter laced a leadoff double down the left field line and moved up to third on a deep fly out to right by Favatella. After a four-pitch walk to O'Grady, Zarrillo lifted a ball to left for a sacrifice fly to score Carter.

    The lead grew to 4-0 after RU plated three in the fourth. The rally started with one out when senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single through the right side by freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.). Campbell next walked to loaded for Zavala, who drove a ball through the left side to score both Clemente and Marcinczyk. The rally continued when Carter singled, with Favatella following with a run-scoring fly ball to right.

    That would be all the scoring for the Scarlet Knights, as Temple used consecutive ground-rule doubles by Bobby Heitzman and Derek Paterson in the sixth to get on the board. In the eighth with bases loaded, Sugai scored on a short wild pitch and Heitzman followed after an errant throw to cut it to a one-run game.

    However, Herrmann closed the door in the ninth with the help of Favatella, who atoned for an error previously in the inning. The victory marked the second conference series win for Rutgers this season.

    Patrick Vanderslice (0-3) suffered the loss for Temple with four earned allowed over 4.1 innings. Heitzman led the visiting offense with two of the team's five hits.

    RU will look for its second home sweep of the year in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. Redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) will make his sixth start, as the game will be streamed for free live on RVision in addition to the radio broadcast on WRSU. After the game, the Scarlet Knights will shave their heads to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and the Vs. Cancer Foundation.

    NOTES
    After playing 4:10 in the series opener, Saturday’s game took just 2:24 … Rutgers improved to 102-57-1 (.645) at Bainton Field … RU is now 21-5 when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 17-3 when limiting teams to four runs or less … the team is 13-6 when scoring in the first inning has tallied 44 runs in the first, the most of any frame … it was the ninth time this season the pitching staff held an opponent to five hits or less (7-2) … a freshman pitcher has started 33 games this season and freshmen have accounted for 69 percent of innings pitched (264.1) … the hitter have now tallied 35 sacrifice flies … seven of the last nine wins for RU have ended with a save, as the team is up to 14 for the season (tied for second-most in a year in school history and one off the lead) … Favatella started the last 189 games dating back to his freshman season, fourth-longest active streak in the nation … O’Grady has reached base safely in each of the last 17 games … it was the first game since April 6, 2012 versus St. John’s (also a win) that the RU pitching staff did not record a strikeout … the game-time temperature was 70 degrees.  

    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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