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Baseball Finishes Sweep of USF on Senior Day, 12-2
Scarlet Knights end home schedule winning last 13 at Bainton Field
  • Posted on May 11, 2014 3:41:25 PM
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    Win-Baxter (4-7) • Loss-Peterson (3-3) • Save-None • T-1:53 • A-126 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 11, 2014) – Rutgers baseball scored four in the first inning and never looked back in a 12-2 victory over USF Sunday at Bainton Field to complete a three-game sweep on Senior Day. It extended the home winning streak to 13 games and eight overall, as the Scarlet Knights improved to 27-22 and 12-8 in the American Athletic Conference.

    The game ended in the seventh inning due to the conference mercy rule in the final game of the series.

    Prior to the game, the program honored its six seniors in a ceremony – Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.), Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.), Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.), Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) and Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.).

    On the mound, redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) (4-7) pitched all seven to earn his third win in the last three starts. The right-hander gave up just three hits and two runs, striking out three in the 71-pitch outing. It was the second complete game of the series, as sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) went all nine in the opener.

    The offense reached double-digit hits for the 22nd time this season on the way to 12 runs, the most scored by RU in a conference game this season. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.), sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) and freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) each had two hits, while Favatella cranked a three-run home run.

    After Baxter sat down the Bulls in order to start the game, RU exploded for four in the first inning to jump ahead. Carter singled through the left side to start and moved up to second on a wild pitch with one out. O’Grady then blooped a single to right and advanced to second on the throw. Next up, Zarrillo shot a ball through the right side for an RBI single to make it 2-0, stealing second and moving to third on an error in the next at bat. Sweeney followed with a triple to the right field corner to bring home Zarrillo and force the Bulls to make a pitching change. Clemente capped the outburst with a foul sacrifice fly to the left field side.

    USF (25-26, 10-14) chipped back with one run on two hits in the second, but Rutgers kept the pressure up in the bottom of the inning. Devish doubled to right with one out and Carter walked to bring Favatella to the plate. The second baseman sent a 2-2 pitch high in the air to left for his fourth home run of the season and 13th of his career, upping the advantage to 7-1.

    The game was 7-2 after the Bulls used a two-out walk and triple to score a run in the fifth.

    However, the Scarlet Knights responded with three in the sixth to reach 10 runs for the sixth time this season. Campbell and Devish both singled with one out to start the situation. Carter next laced a ball to the left-center gap for a two-run triple, his third three-bagger of the season. The centerfielder came in during the next at bat on a wild pitch.

    In the seventh, RU put the game away with a pair of runs. Zarrillo and Clemente both walked to put two on with one out, as both moved up on a wild pitch. Zarrillo scored on another wild one, with Campbell ending the game on a single to left-center. It was the fourth game this season that RU ended on a walk-off.

    Tommy Peterson (3-3) suffered the loss for USF, as the Bulls have dropped seven straight games in Piscataway.

    Rutgers will look to continue its winning ways on the road in the final conference series of the season at Memphis. The set will start Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    NOTES
    The home winning streak of 13 games is currently the second-longest in the nation … the overall winning streak of eight games is tied for seventh-longest nationally and best in the conference … the 19 home wins match the 2007 team (19-3) for the most in a year at Bainton Field … Favatella has started the last 195 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … RU is 25-5 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 20-3 when limiting teams to four runs or less … the team has scored 52 runs in the first inning, the most of any frame … O’Grady has reached base safely in each of the last 22 games, while Carter has a streak of 20 games … this is the longest home winning streak since winning 17 consecutively from the last game of 2003 season and into 2004 … RU last had three home conference sweeps in a year in 2007 … the offense now has 23 triples this season, the third-most in a single season in school history … the game-time temperature was 73 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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