MIAMI, FL – Junior Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) allowed just four hits and three runs over seven strong innings and fellow junior Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) delivered a pair of key, two-out RBI singles to lead Rutgers past Florida International, 4-3, halting a six-game losing streak in the process." />
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Frazier, Egbert Lead Rutgers Past Florida International, 4-3
SCARLET KNIGHTS BEAT FIU FOR FIRST TIME SINCE ’93; HEALING EARNS FIRST
  • Posted on March 18, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • MIAMI, FL – Junior Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) allowed just four hits and three runs over seven strong innings and fellow junior Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) delivered a pair of key, two-out RBI singles to lead Rutgers past Florida International, 4-3, halting a six-game losing streak in the process. Freshman Steve Healing (Brick, NJ) earned his first career save, pitching the final 2.0 innings and stranding the potential tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth. With the win, RU is now 5-10, while FIU falls to 12-16.

    FIU scored first, plating a single run in the bottom of the first on a single, steal, balk and sacrifice fly by PJ Lehmann. Rutgers tied the score in the third when Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) led off with a single to right-center, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an Jeff Grose’s (Iselin, NJ) groundout. The Scarlet Knights took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Graig Badger (Union, NJ) walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single from Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ).

    In the sixth, RU added a run to increase its lead to 3-1 when Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) roped a leadoff double to left-center, advanced to thid on a selfless groundout by Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ).

    Egbert, meanwhile, cruised into the sixth, retiring nine of 10 hitters from the first through the fourth inning, including five in a row on strikeouts. He allowed a walk in the third, hit a batter in the fourth, but was otherwise brilliant into the sixth, when Lehmann led off with a double and scored on a one-out single by Yahmed Yema to cut the lead to 3-2.

    The Scarlet Knight reestablished its two-run lead with another run in the seventh. Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) struck out to open the inning, but reached first when the pitched bounced in the dirt and the throw to first was bobble by first baseman Michael Lopez. Grover moved to second on a groundout from Grose and scored on Frazier’s two-out single to center, his second two-out RBI of the game.

    FIU cut the lead to one, 4-3, with a solo home run from Danny Diaz to open the eighth, followed by a walk, ending Egbert’s day. Healing entered the game and allowed a sacrifice bunt, but kept the lead intact with a foul popup and a strikeout of Lopez. In the ninth, the Golden Panthers worked a leadoff walk and moved the runner to third, but a pair of nice defensive plays by freshman Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ) at third preserved the victory.

    Frazier led the team with a 2-for-5, two RBI effort, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, while Canuso was also 2-for-4. Egbert improved to 2-1 with the win.

    Following an off day tomorrow, the Scarlet Knights close their spring trip with a game vs. Ohio State at Florida Atlantic on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                    Rutgers at Florida Int'l
                          Mar 18, 2004 at Miami, FL (University Park)
    
    Rutgers 4 (5-10)                              Florida Int'l 3 (11-16)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  1  0  0       D. Diaz cf.................  4  2  2  1
    GROSE, Jeff dh.............  4  0  1  1       PJ Lehmann 2b..............  1  1  1  1
    FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  5  0  2  2       C. Jacobs c................  3  0  0  0
    DEFENDIS, Johnny lf........  4  0  1  0       Y. Yema rf.................  4  0  1  1
    GAYNOR, Colin c............  4  1  1  0       M. Lopez 1b................  4  0  0  0
    CANUSO, Rich 1b............  4  0  2  0       J. Skellengr dh............  2  0  0  0
    CERULO, Nick cf............  3  0  1  1        E. Otero pr...............  0  0  0  0
    RODRIGUEZ, Cory 3b.........  4  1  1  0       F. Alvarez lf..............  3  0  0  0
     QUERNS, Tim 3b............  0  0  0  0       J. Bacon 3b................  3  0  0  0
    GROVER, Jason ss...........  4  1  0  0        B. Aragon ph..............  1  0  0  0
    EGBERT, Jack p.............  0  0  0  0       E. Davila ss...............  3  0  0  0
     HEALING, Steve p..........  0  0  0  0        M. Suarez ph..............  1  0  0  0
                                                  D. DeCarlo p...............  0  0  0  0
                                                   D. Antelo p...............  0  0  0  0
                                                   D. Hernandez p............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 35  4  9  4       Totals..................... 29  3  4  3
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Rutgers............. 001 011 100 -  4  9  1
    Florida Int'l....... 100 001 010 -  3  4  3
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Rodriguez; C. Jacobs; M. Lopez; J. Bacon. DP - Florida Intl 1. LOB - Rutgers 8;
    Florida Intl 6. 2B - Gaynor; PJ Lehmann. HR - D. Diaz. HBP - J. Skellengr. SH - C.
    Jacobs; F. Alvarez. SF - Cerulo; PJ Lehmann. SB - Badger; Rodriguez; D. Diaz; Y.
    Yema. CS - Grose.
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EGBERT, Jack  W,2-1........   7.0  4  3  3  2  9   0  1  1  0   25 29   4  8
    HEALING, Steve  S,1........   2.0  0  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0    4  7   1  4
    
    Florida Int'l                  IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    D. DeCarlo  L,1-4..........   6.0  5  3  2  3 10   0  0  0  0   22 26   3  4
    D. Antelo .................   2.1  4  1  0  0  4   0  0  0  0   12 12   2  2
    D. Hernandez ..............   0.2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   0  1
    
    HBP - by Egbert (J. Skellengr). BK - Egbert. PB - C. Jacobs.
    
    Strikeouts - Badger 3; Grose; Frazier 2; Defendis; Cerulo; Rodriguez 3; Grover 3; D.
    Diaz; C. Jacobs; M. Lopez 2; J. Skellengr; F. Alvarez; J. Bacon 2; E. Davila 2.
    Walks - Badger 2; Grose; PJ Lehmann 2; J. Skellengr.
    
    Umpires - HP: William Kramer  1B: Phil Martucci  3B: Greg Ottsky
    Start: 7:00 pm   Time: 2:49   Attendance: 250
    
    Game notes:
    ID-254637
    Egbert faced 2 batters in the 8th.
    Game: FIU-2
    
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