PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 19, 2014) – Freshman pitcher Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) of the Rutgers baseball team earned his fourth appearance this season on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor in a release from the league office. The right-hander earned his sixth win of the year Friday at Memphis.
After the Scarlet Knights dropped the opener of the series, Rosa (6-2) righted the ship with six shutout innings against the Tigers. He scattered five hits and induced 11 outs through the air for the victory. With the upcoming conference tournament, he threw just 75 pitches in the outing, as redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) worked the final three innings to complete the combined shutout.
Rosa is the first Rutgers freshman to earn six wins in a season since Matt Giannini picked up that many in 2006. He has pitched to a team-best 2.28 ERA for the season and allowed no earned runs in five of 10 starts.
The Scarlet Knights have now picked up 11 weekly honors from the conference this season, including a pitcher in eight of the 14 weeks. Rosa previously earned Honor Roll spots March 24, April 14 and April 21.
No. 4 seed Rutgers (29-23, 14-9) will open the American Athletic Conference Championship Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, versus No. 5 seed USF. The Scarlet Knights enter the postseason having won 10 of their last 11 games.