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Baseball Drops Season Finale to Louisville, 9-3
Scarlet Knights finish season 30-25
  • Posted on May 24, 2014 8:27:50 PM
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    Win-Kidston (7-0) • Loss-Rosa (6-3) • Save-None • T-2:58 • Bright House Field


    CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 24, 2014) – In its final game of pool play at the American Championships at Bright House Field, Rutgers baseball dropped 9-3 to top-seed Louisville. The Scarlet Knights end the season with a 30-25 record.

    RU went 16-7 over its final 23 games and peaked as high as seven games over .500. It was the first season with Joe Litterio as head coach.

    Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) led RU by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs against the Cardinals, including a double. He ended the tournament hitting 8-for-12 with five RBIs. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.), senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) and senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) also had hits for RU. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) scored and walked in his 200th consecutive start, while classmate Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) drew a walk in his final college game.

    Louisville (45-14) struck first with three runs on four hits in the first inning, including a safety squeeze and RBI triple. However, Rutgers got right back in the game with two runs of its own in the next half inning. Carter started with a single and moved up to third on a single by O’Grady, who made it into scoring position on an error. Next up, Zarrillo laced a two-run single the other way to make it a one-run game.

    That was as close as the Scarlet Knights would come, as the Cardinals responded with two runs each in the second, fourth and sixth innings to extend the advantage. Anthony Kidston (7-0) worked seven innings to earn the win on the mound.

    The Scarlet Knights did score one in the eighth inning to make it 9-3. Favatella drew a leadoff walk and moved up one base on a single by Zarrillo. Sweeney then stepped in and lined an RBI single to score Favatella. The shortstop finishes the season with the highest batting average on the team at .331

    Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) (6-3) took the loss with 3.1 innings on the mound, while redshirt freshmen Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) and Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) both followed out of the bullpen. Seniors Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) and Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.) combined to pitch a scoreless ninth in their last collegiate appearances.

    The game marked the final conference competition for Rutgers athletics as a member of the American Athletic Conference, as the University will transition to the Big Ten Conference officially on July 1.

    NOTES
    Favatella finishes his career ranked second in school history with 806 career at bats, third with 250 hits, seventh with 12 triples, ninth with 161 runs, ninth with 47 doubles and 10th with 101 walks … O’Grady completes his career ranked third in the program with 771 at bats, sixth with 227 hits, ninth with 105 walks, tied for ninth with 10 triples and tied for 10th with 46 doubles … a freshman pitcher starter 41 games for the season and freshmen accounted for 69 percent of innings pitched (331.1) ... the Scarlet Knights end with a team batting average of .283 and ERA of 4.51.

    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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