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Baseball Clinches Series at Memphis, 7-5
Scarlet Knights end regular season winning 10 of last 11 games
  • Posted on May 17, 2014 7:17:09 PM
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  • Kevin Baxter is 4-0 in his last four starts.
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    Win-Baxter (5-7) • Loss-Porter (0-1) • Save-Bohnert (1) • T-3:06 • A-694 • FedEx Park


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 17, 2014) – In its final regular season game, Rutgers baseball clinched the series at Memphis with a 7-5 victory Saturday at FedEx Park. The Scarlet Knights enter the postseason having won 10 of their last 11 games.

    With league play finished, RU (29-23, 14-9) will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming American Athletic Conference Championship. The pool will also include No. 1 Louisville, No. 5 USF and No. 8 Memphis.

    In taking its fourth conference series of the season, Rutgers pounded out 13 hits to finish with a .327 average for the weekend. Both junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) and senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) had three hits, while freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) added two. Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) each had two RBIs in the balanced offensive attack.

    On the mound, redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) (5-7) picked up his fourth win in his last four starts with six innings pitched. He scattered eight hits and gave up two runs in the outing. Freshman Colin Bohnert (West Caldwell, N.J.) earned his first career save with a scoreless ninth, with redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) recording four outs in setup relief.

    After Memphis (28-28, 8-16) struck for one run on two hits in the first, Rutgers quickly tied it up in the second. Zarrillo reached on a bunt single and Sweeney lined a hit to center to advance him to third. Campbell next stepped up and connected for an RBI fielder’s choice up the middle to even the game.

    The Scarlet Knights took their first lead of the game in the third. Carter singled up the middle to start and moved up one base each on a pair of outs. Then after falling behind in the count two strikes, Zarrillo laced an RBI single through the left side.

    RU expanded the advantage to two with another score in the fourth. With freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) on second with two outs, Carter connected for an RBI single after the Tigers called for a left-handed pitcher from the bullpen, making it 3-1.

    Memphis picked up one in the fifth, but Baxter limited the damage by stranding the bases loaded. Immediately after, the Scarlet Knights registered two in the sixth to make the score 5-2. Marcinczyk walked to begin the inning, moving up on a single by sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) and a walk drawn by Carter. D’Annunzio took advantage of the situation by hitting a two-run single through the right side.

    In the seventh, Zarrillo and Sweeney singled to put runners at the corners, as Campbell notched his second RBI of the day on a single through the right side. Following a foul out, senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) stepped up and lifted a sacrifice fly.

    The Tigers chipped back with three runs on two hits and one error in the seventh. However, Herrmann entered and recorded a looking strikeout to quell the situation.

    In the ninth, Bohnert allowed the leadoff runner to reach, but senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) picked an in-between hop up the middle to turn a double play. A pop to Sweeney at shortstop sealed the victory.

    Connor Porter (0-1) suffered the loss for the hosts.

    Rutgers will next open the the conference tournament against USF Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Clearwater, Florida. The opening ceremonies are set for Tuesday night.

    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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