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Brey Pitches Baseball Past USF, 3-1
Sophomore left-hander tosses complete game
  • Posted on May 09, 2014 6:54:17 PM
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    Win-Brey (5-2) • Loss-Herget (6-6) • Save-None • T-2:13 • A-73 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 9, 2014) – Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) pitched a complete game to lead Rutgers baseball past USF, 3-1, in the series opener Friday at Bainton Field. It was a career-long outing for the left-hander and longest appearance by a Scarlet Knight this season. RU has now won a season-best six consecutive games.

    The victory clinches a berth in the American Athletic Conference Tournament for Rutgers. The event will take place at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., from May 21-25.

    Brey (5-2) earned his eighth career win with only four hits and one run surrendered. The left-hander struck out the side in the first inning on the way to five punchouts, also inducing 12 outs in the air and 10 groundouts. He retired 11 hitters consecutively during one stretch in the middle of the game.

    Offensively, every starter reached base and eight had at least one hit on the way to 10 hits on the day. Sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) led the way by 2-for-3 with one RBI, while freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) had two singles of his own. Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) contributed one run knocked in.

    The Scarlet Knights (25-22, 10-8) scored in the first inning for the 21st time this season to jump ahead. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) singled to start and moved to third on a double passed the first baseman by senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.). Carter then scored unearned on a passed ball.

    The lead doubled to two in the third inning on a two-out RBI single to center field by Sweeney. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) had previously walked and moved into scoring position on a groundout.

    In the sixth, Marcinczyk singled with no outs and moved all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Devish stepped up following an out to line a pitch to right field for an RBI.

    The Bulls (25-24, 10-12) rallied for one in the seventh on a pair of hits, but Brey stranded a runner at third to hold a two-run advantage.

    Brey permitted a single and walk in the ninth, but induced a routine ground ball to Favatella to end the game. It was his second complete game, as he worked eight innings in a road loss at UCF April 25.

    Jimmy Herget (6-6) suffered the loss for the visitors with nine hits and one earned run allowed over five-plus innings. It was his third career start versus RU (2-1).

    Rutgers will go for the series win Saturday in the middle game of the set. The program will retire coach Fred Hill’s number in a ceremony scheduled for 12:40 p.m. RVision will have the festivities and the game covered at ScarletKnights.com.

    NOTES
    Favatella has started the last 192 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … RU is 23-5 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 18-3 when limiting teams to four runs or less … the team has scored 47 runs in the first inning, the most of any frame … O’Grady has reached base safely in each of the last 20 games, while Carter has a streak of 18 games … the Scarlet Knights are now 17-4 at home this year … RU has taken the last five games over USF in Piscataway … the pitching staff has held the opponent to five hits or less in a game 10 times this season, being 9-1 in those contests … the game-time temperature was 64 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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