PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 5, 2014) – Currently riding a four-game winning streak, Rutgers baseball will play its final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday at 2 p.m. versus Saint Peter’s at Bainton Field. The contest will be broadcast by WRSU online and at 88.7-FM.
The Scarlet Knights (23-22, 9-8) are coming off their second sweep of the season, taking all three from Temple at Bainton Field. The opener needed 14 innings before senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) launched a walk-off home run for the victory. Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) provided 6.2 scoreless innings to earn the win, additionally garnering a spot on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Game two was also close, as senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) prevented the tying run from scoring in the ninth with a highlight-reel type play to record the final out. RU tied its season-high with 17 hits on the way to securing the finale. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) led the offense with six hits and five RBIs in the series.
On the mound, freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) will make his 10th start of the season. The left-hander has picked up wins over Fordham and Lafayette in his rookie collegiate year, picking up a no-decision in his last appearance versus Iona.
A freshman pitcher has started 34 games this season and freshmen have accounted for 70 percent of innings pitched (273.1) … Favatella has started the last 190 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … Favatella (237, fourth) and O’Grady (217, tied-ninth) 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 20 triples this season (sixth-most nationally), tied for fifth-most in a season in school history … RU is 21-5 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 17-3 when limiting teams to four runs or less … RU is third in the nation with 35 sacrifice flies, two off the leader (Southeast Missouri State) … the offense is second in the conference with a .278 team batting average … Rutgers stole 12 bases in the Temple series in 13 attempts.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S
The Peacocks (11-33, 6-11) have dropped 12 of their last 13 games, including a series to Iona last weekend at home. Jon Kristoffersen leads the team in hitting at .333, while Chris Hugg has driven in 33 runs. Kevin Soriano is scheduled to make his first start of the season on the mound.
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Rutgers leads the all-time series, 18-2, but dropped the meeting last season at Bainton Field, 10-4. It was the first game between the programs since 2006.
RU will finish its eight-game homestand with a three-game series starting Friday at Bainton Field versus USF. Saturday has been deemed Fred Hill Day, as the program will retire his number in a pregame ceremony.