PISCATAWAY, NJ – The junior duo of Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) and Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) earned weekly accolades for their roles in leading Rutgers to a 5-0 record last week. Frazier was honored as both the BIG EAST and NJCBA Player of the Week, while Egbert was named the NJCBA Pitcher of the Week.
Frazier hit .563 in a 5-0 week for Rutgers, which included doubleheader sweeps of Pittsburgh and Georgetown. Frazier collected 9 hits in 16 at bats and led the team with a 1.063 slugging percentage, thanks to two doubles and two home runs. He also scored seven runs and drove in seven more, both team highs. On Saturday, Frazier was 3-for-3 with an RBI in a 2-0 win vs. Georgetown and then went 2-for-5 with 5 RBI (a three-home run and two-run double), greeting new relief pitchers both times. He also walked five times in the doubleheader sweep of Pittsburgh, contributing to a .667 on-base percentage.
Frazier has 29 home runs in his RU career, just three shy of Pete Zoccolillo’s school mark of 32 (1996-99). Frazier hit a school record 13 in 2002 as a freshman, added eight in 2002 and has eight already this season. He is currently in third place, also trailing Angel Echevarria, who hit 31 from 1990-92. Frazier has 146 career RBI, fourth-best in school history. Jake Daubert and Pete Zoccolillo are tied for the school record with 191, although Daubert accomplished the feat in just three seaons. Frazier is also eighth all-time in total bases (308).
Facing the BIG EAST's top hittting team, Egbert fired a complete-game three-hit shutout vs. Pittsburgh, handing the Panther's their first shutout in 24 games in 2004. He allowed a pair of infield singles in the first, but did not allow another hit until the sixth inning, retiring nine of 10 and 15 of 17 at one point in the game. He walked one and struck out six. The most impressive stat of the day was Egbert's ball-to-strike ratio. He threw 69 pitches, 55 of which were strikes (79.7%). Of the 24 hitters he faced, he threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of them. Egbert is now 5-1 in 2004 and has won his last four starts, posting a 1.35 ERA during the streak.
Egbert, with a 16-7 career record, is one win away from cracking the Rutgers’ top ten list for wins. He also has 139 strikeouts, which ties him with Darrin Kotch (1987-90) for 10th place.
Rutgers posted a 5-0 record last week, sweeping doubleheaders vs. Pittsburgh and Georgetown in league play to move into second place in the conference standings. Rutgers has now won nine games in a row and returns to action on Wednesday, when it travels to Columbia for a non-league game at 3:00 p.m.