PISCATAWAY, NJ - Junior Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) has earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday, March 21. Egbert, who shares the award with Pittsburgh’s Jeff Landing, has now received two weekly awards from the conference already this season. Egbert was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week on March 1 as well.
Egbert made one start last week, holding Florida International to just four hits and three runs in 7.0 innings of work. He also walked just two and struck out nine, one strikeout shy of his career best (10 vs. Virginia Tech, May 22, 2003). He allowed just two runs through seven innings before a leadoff home run in the eighth and retired nine of 10 from the first through the fourth innings, including five in a row by strikeout. He left the game following a leadoff home run and walk in the eighth and Rutgers held on behind the relief pitching of freshman Steve Healing (Brick, NJ), who earned his first save with two shutout innings of action, and the clutch hitting of Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ), who delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles.
He is currently 2-1 this season with a 6.60 ERA, allowing 35 hits and 22 earned runs in 30.0 IP. Opponents are hitting .289 against him thus far. He also held Old Dominion to just three hits and one unearned run in nine innings of work on Feb. 27, picking up a 2-1, 10-inning victory.
Rutgers (5-11) returns to action on Wednesday at Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:00 p.m. The Scarlet Knights’ BIG EAST slate kicks off on Saturday, when they head north to South Orange for a doubleheader with Seton Hall, beginning at noon.