PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ) allowed just four hits and one run over eight innings and Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) and Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) knocked in two runs apiece to lead Rutgers to a 7-1 victory over Rider in its home opener at a windy and cold Class of ’53 Complex." />
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Kalb, Rutgers Breeze Past Rider, 7-1, in Home Opener
  • Posted on March 30, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ) allowed just four hits and one run over eight innings and Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) and Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) knocked in two runs apiece to lead Rutgers to a 7-1 victory over Rider in its home opener at a windy and cold Class of ’53 Complex.

    Rutgers struck for single runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) led off the second with a double and scored on a single to center from Steve Hook (Langhorne, PA). In the third, Cerulo doubled with one out, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly from Canuso.

    Rutgers broke it open in the fourth with four more runs. Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) led off with a single and, with one out, David Williams (Franklin, NJ) and Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ) laced back-to-back singles, plating Gaynor. With two outs, Cerulo hit a hustling double to center, scoring Williams and Querns, while Frazier followed with a single, plating Graig Badger (Union, NJ), who reached on a two-out walk.

    Rutgers added another run in the sixth, building a 6-0 lead, when Badger was hit by a pitch and scored on a double to right from Frazier.

    Kalb cruised through the middle innings after allowing a first-inning double and a second-inning single. He allowed single walks in the third, fourth and fifth innings but was flawless otherwise, striking out one in the fifth and two each in the sixth and seventh. He began to tire in the seventh, allowing a singles to Bryan Wagner and Steve Bruschini before a passed ball with Scott Rich at the plate allowed Wagner to score.

    Kalb (2-0) allowed four hits, walking five and striking out seven in eight strong innings. Cerulo, Frazier and Canuso led RU’s 10-hit attack with two apiece.

    Rutgers returns to action on Thursday, when it hosts Princeton at 3:00 p.m.

                                 ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                        Rider at Rutgers
                      Mar 30, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of 53 Complex)
    
    Rider 1 (6-12)                                Rutgers 7 (8-13)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Bryan Wagner ss............  3  1  1  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  2  0  0
    Mike Bruschini dh..........  3  0  1  0       CERULO, Nick cf............  4  1  2  2
    Scott Rich cf..............  3  0  1  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  3  0  2  2
    Gene Crimoli 1b............  3  0  0  0       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  3  1  2  1
    Sean Whalen c..............  3  0  0  0       GAYNOR, Colin c............  4  1  1  0
    Charles Van Schaick rf.....  4  0  0  0       HOOK, Steve dh.............  2  0  1  1
    Tom Letizia 3b.............  4  0  1  0        RODRIGUEZ, Cory ph........  1  0  0  0
    Eric D'Alessandro lf.......  3  0  0  0       WILLIAMS, David lf.........  4  1  1  0
    Jonathan Rehm 2b...........  3  0  0  0       QUERNS, Tim 3b.............  3  1  1  1
    Ty Moore p.................  0  0  0  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  4  0  0  0
     Ken Peare p...............  0  0  0  0       KALB, Aaron p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                   PUSTAY, Matt p............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 29  1  4  0       Totals..................... 31  7 10  7
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Rider............... 000 000 010 -  1  4  1
    Rutgers............. 011 401 00X -  7 10  0
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Rehm. DP - Rutgers 2. LOB - RIDER 6; Rutgers 6. 2B - Rich; Cerulo 2; Frazier;
    Canuso. HBP - Badger; Querns. SF - Canuso. SB - Cerulo. CS - Letizia; Frazier.
    
    Rider                          IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ty Moore  L................   5.0  9  6  6  3  4   1  0  1  0   21 26   5  4
    Ken Peare .................   3.0  1  1  1  0  3   0  0  1  0   10 11   1  4
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    KALB, Aaron  W,2-0.........   8.0  4  1  1  5  7   1  0  0  0   26 31   8  7
    PUSTAY, Matt ..............   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    3  3   0  3
    
    WP - Moore; Kalb. HBP - by Moore (Querns); by Peare (Badger). PB - Gaynor.
    
    Strikeouts - Rich; Crimoli; Van Schaick 2; Letizia; D'Alessandro; Rehm; Badger;
    Cerulo; Canuso; Hook; Williams; Querns; Grover. Walks - Wagner; Bruschini; Rich;
    Crimoli; Whalen; Badger; Frazier; Hook.
    
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