PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 5, 2014) – After pitching deep into extra innings Friday to help Rutgers baseball to a win, junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll. The reliever entered in the eighth inning and pitched through the 14th without allowing a run against Temple.
The 6.2-inning outing for Young tied his career-long, set last season in a start at Delaware. However, the right-hander has been used as a short reliever this season – collecting eight saves – and had a previous long appearance of three innings Feb. 22. He struck out six versus the Owls, stranding eight runners on base from the ninth inning.
The game Young pitched lasted 4:10, the longest game by time in the history of Bainton Field (opened 2007). Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning to win it for the Scarlet Knights after Young had kept it tied.
Young is the fourth different Rutgers pitcher to pick up a weekly league accolade this season, joining sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.), redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) and freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.). The pitching staff has had an honor in six of the 12 weeks this season. RU has now totaled eight different conference awards overall so far this season.
The Scarlet Knights (23-22, 9-8) have won their last four games and will be back in action Tuesday at Bainton Field versus St. Peter’s at 2 p.m. The next conference series will start at home Friday against USF.