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Baseball Drops Opener at Memphis, 8-3
Winning streak ends at eight
  • Posted on May 15, 2014 11:59:44 PM
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  • Joe D’Annunzio led the offense with his third-career three-hit game, adding one run and one RBI.
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    Win-Wallingford (6-4) • Loss-Brey (5-3) • Save-Lee (1) • T-2:56 • A-307 •FedEx Park


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 15, 2014) – Rutgers baseball jumped up to an early lead, but ultimately dropped the series opener at Memphis, 8-3, Thursday at FedEx Park. The loss snapped the Scarlet Knights’ eight-game winning streak and was the first in the month of May for the team.

    Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) led the offense with his third-career three-hit game, adding one run and one RBI. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.), senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) and freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) also had two hits, as Rutgers reached 13 for the game. It was the 23rd time this season the Scarlet Knights reached double-digit hits.

    Rutgers (27-23, 12-9) scored first for the 29th time this season with a run in the second inning. D’Annunzio laced a single with one out to reach and stole second with two down. Campbell then roped a line drive through the middle for an RBI single, making it 1-0.

    After Memphis (28-26, 8-14) used two hits and an error to tie the game on an unearned run in its half of the second, RU reclaimed the lead in the third. Carter doubled to lead off and moved up to third on a dropped fly ball two-base error hit by Favatella. Following a short fly out, junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) reached on an infield single that was thrown away to allow Carter to score unearned. Senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) was next hit by a pitch, with D’Annunzio then lifting a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Favatella.

    However, Memphis rallied in the fifth to take its first lead of the game with three runs on three hits. The go-ahead run came across on a first-and-third situation double steal. The Tigers took advantage of the fourth RU error of the game to tack on four unearned runs in the eighth to open up the game. The Rutgers offense did have opportunities throughout, but stranded 13 runners on base.

    On the mound, sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) (5-3) allowed three earned runs over five innings in a loss. He struck out four in the outing. Caleb Wallingford (6-4) earned the win for Memphis.

    The game started one hour and 32 minutes late due to a rain storm after batting practice.

    Game two of the series is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET from FedEx Park. Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) will make the start for the Scarlet Knights.

    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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