PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 12, 2014) – After completing the week 4-0 to extend its winning streak to eight, Rutgers baseball had two players earn a spot on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Sophomore left-hander Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) pitched a complete game against USF, while senior second baseman Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) hit .500 with a .611 on-base percentage for the week.
The Scarlet Knights have now picked up 10 weekly honors from the conference this season, including a pitcher in seven of the 13 weeks.
Brey (5-2) pitched his first career nine-inning complete game in the series opener against the Bulls, allowing four hits and one run in the outing. 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 of the game. It his second American recognition, as he first made the Honor Roll March 3 after winning at Old Dominion.
Favatella hit 7-for-14 in the four games last week, recording seven runs, three doubles and two home runs. He notched a slugging percentage of 1.143 and on-base percentage of .611 from the second spot in the order. In midweek action, he went 3-for-4 with three runs and home run versus Saint Peter’s. After drawing two walks in the opener against USF, Favatella went 3-for-5 with two doubles and had the walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning. He then crushed a three-run homer in the second inning of the series finale to help RU finish the sweep. His 244 career hits passed Todd Frazier for third in school history over the weekend. The second baseman last earned a weekly honor from the league April 1, 2013.
Finishing the home slate on a 13-game winning streak, the Scarlet Knights (27-22, 12-8) will end the regular season on the road at Memphis starting Thursday. RU is fourth in the standings and can move to as high as third.