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Baseball Blanks Memphis, 7-0
Rosa and Driscoll combine for first shutout of season
  • Posted on May 16, 2014 11:36:12 PM
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  • Zarrillo broke out with a career-high four RBIs, including his first career home run in the fourth inning.
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    Win-Rosa (6-2) • Loss-Reed (7-3) • Save-Driscoll (1) • T-2:26 • A-715 • FedEx Park


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 16, 2014) – Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) combined for a shutout and junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) hit a three-run home run to spark Rutgers baseball to a 7-0 victory Friday at FedEx Park. It was the 14th win in the last 19 games for the Scarlet Knights, as it tied the series at one.

    Rosa (6-2) cruised through six innings to earn his sixth win of the season, becoming the first RU freshman to earn that many in a year since Matt Giannini in 2006. The right-hander scattered five hits while striking out three and inducing 11 outs in the air in the 75-pitch outing. Driscoll then entered in the seventh and struck out five over the last three innings for his first career save. He gave up just one hit in his first appearance since April 27. Neither pitcher allowed a Memphis runner to reach third base in the first shutout of the season for Rutgers.

    Offensively, Zarrillo broke out with a career-high four RBIs, including his first career home run in the fourth inning to put RU ahead. Later in the eighth, he shot a single through a drawn-in infield to become the first Scarlet Knight with four RBIs in a game this season. Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) also had two hits in an 11-hit offensive attack. It was the 24th time this season Rutgers reached at least 10 hits.

    After Rosa and Memphis starter Jon Reed traded scoreless frames through the first three innings, the Scarlet Knights (27-23, 13-9) broke the ice in the fourth. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) roped a double to start the inning and moved up to third on a single by D’Annunzio. Zarrillo then drove a one-strike pitch over the wall in right-center for a three-run homer.

    That advantage held as Rosa stranded four Tiger runners in the next three innings to move the game to the seventh. With two outs, freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) reached on an error and advanced into scoring position on a single by junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.). Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) next stepped up and hit his 10th double of the year to score Campbell.

    Rutgers added three more insurance runs in the eighth to increase the lead to seven. D’Annunzio tripled to center field and immediately ran home on an RBI single by Zarrillo. Following a single by Sweeney and a sacrifice bunt by sophomore John Jennings (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) crushed a two-run double over the right fielder’s head.

    Driscoll sat down Memphis (28-27, 8-15) in order in the ninth to seal the win, ending the game on a looking strikeout. It was his second relief appearance in 2014.

    Reed (7-3) suffered the loss for the hosts, who used five pitchers.

    The rubber game of the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. ET from FedEx Park. Redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) will take the mound for Rutgers.

    NOTES
    It was the first game the pitching staff did not allow a walk since March 29, 2013 at Villanova … that game was also the last shutout for Rutgers … a freshman pitcher has started 38 games this season and freshmen have accounted for 69 percent of innings pitched (307.0) … Favatella has started the last 196 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … the team has connected for 24 triples this season, third-most in a season in school history … RU is 26-5 this season when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 21-3 when limiting teams to four runs or less … Zavala caught three foul pops behind the plate and caught one runner stealing … Rosa recorded his team-leading third pickoff of the season and base stealers have been successful with him on the mound in only three of eight attempts on the year … D’Annunzio is now hitting 5-for-8 in the series … Driscoll increased his strikeout total for 2014 to 58 in 51.2 innings … Rosa has not allowed an earned run in five of his 10 starts … the game-time temperature was 69 degrees.

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