PISCATAWAY, NJ – The two constants during Rutgers’ 12-game winning streak – timely hitting and outstanding pitching – were present once again today as the Scarlet Knights swept a BIG EAST doubleheader from Connecticut this afternoon at the Class of ’53 Baseball Complex." />
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Rutgers Baseball Keeps Pace with Sweep of UConn
SCARLET KNIGHTS RUN WIN STREAK TO 12; DIAL EARNS FIRST COLLEGE WIN
  • Posted on April 17, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The two constants during Rutgers’ 12-game winning streak – timely hitting and outstanding pitching – were present once again today as the Scarlet Knights swept a BIG EAST doubleheader from Connecticut this afternoon at the Class of ’53 Baseball Complex. In the opener, Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) was dominant once again in a 5-1 win, while the bullpen combination of Erik Dial (Basking Ridge, NJ) and Tom Malafronte (Somerville, NJ) held off the Huskies in the nightcap. With the sweep, RU is now 19-13 overall and 10-2 in league play, retaining its top spot in the league standings.

    In the opener, Rutgers strung together four straight two-out hits to plate three runs in the bottom of the second. Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) was hit by a pitch to open the inning and with two outs, Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) drove him home with a single to center. Graig Badger (Union, NJ) then doubled to right-center, putting runners on second and third for Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ), who banged a single through the middle to score both runners. A single by Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) kept the inning alive before UConn induced the final out.

    With Egbert on the mound, those runs were all the Scarlet Knights needed, but they added two more in the sixth on a single to left from Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ), scoring Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) and Defendis, who were both hit by a pitch to open the inning.

    Egbert cruised through the first two innings, but loaded the bases with one out in the third on three-straight singles. He kept the shutout intact with an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play and took his shutout into the sixth, when Connecticut broke through with a run on Mike Leonard’s RBI single. The run snapped a 14-inning scoreless streak for Egbert. Egbert (6-1) allowed eight hits and one run, did not walk a hitter and struck out five.

    In the second game, Rutgers jumped on UConn starter Mike James with three runs in the first when Grose, Frazier and Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) hit three-straight singles to produce the first run. Gaynor followed with an RBI groundout, scoring Frazier and Canuso raced home on Defendis’ single to right. Connecticut tied the game, however, with single runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings, chasing RU starter Shaun Parker (Mt. Holly, NJ) from the game.

    After seeing Connecticut tie the game in the top of the sixth, Rutgers reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. Cerulo was hit by a pitch to open the inning and stole second with one out. Badger’s infield single put runners at the corners for Grose, who delivered yet again, drilling a line drive single into left to score Cerulo for a 4-3 lead. RU added an insurance run in the eighth when Cerulo, who reached on a one-out single, raced all the way from second to home on Grover’s groundout.

    Dial (1-4) allowed three hits in 3.0 shutout innings of relief to earn his first college win, while Malafronte picked up his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth, extending his scoreless streak to seven appearances and 9.2 innings. Parker (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) pitched well but picked up a no-decision. Grose, Canuso and Defendis led the 11-hit attack with two apiece.

    The two teams conclude the series tomorrow with Connecticut’s Brandon McGinn and Rutgers’ Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ) slated to start.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                     Connecticut at Rutgers
                      Apr 17, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of 53 Complex)
    
    Connecticut 1 (17-15,5-6)                     Rutgers 5 (18-13,9-2)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Kyle Messineo lf...........  3  0  2  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  1  1  0
    Tony Mallozzi rf...........  3  1  1  0       GROSE, Jeff lf.............  4  0  1  2
    Russ D'Argento cf..........  3  0  0  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  2  0  1  0
    Mike Leonard dh............  3  0  1  1       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  3  0  1  0
    Marc Peluso 3b.............  3  0  0  0       GAYNOR, Colin c............  2  1  0  0
    Mike McDonough 1b..........  3  0  1  0       DEFENDIS, Johnny dh........  1  2  0  0
    Brian Maloney 2b...........  2  0  0  0       RODRIGUEZ, Cory 3b.........  3  0  0  0
     Tim Dempsey ph............  1  0  0  0       CERULO, Nick cf............  3  0  1  2
    Larry Day c................  3  0  2  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  2  1  1  1
    Dennis Donovan ss..........  3  0  1  0       EGBERT, Jack p.............  0  0  0  0
    Jeff Hourigan p............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 27  1  8  1       Totals..................... 23  5  6  5
    
    Score by Innings                  R  H  E
    -----------------------------------------
    Connecticut......... 000 001 0 -  1  8  1
    Rutgers............. 030 002 X -  5  6  0
    -----------------------------------------
    
    E - Maloney(1). DP - Rutgers 2. LOB - UCONN 5; Rutgers 6. 2B - Badger(7). HBP -
    Gaynor; Defendis 2. SH - Grover(5).
    
    Connecticut                    IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jeff Hourigan  L,4-3.......   6.0  6  5  5  2  0   0  0  3  1   23 29   6 11
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EGBERT, Jack  W,6-1........   7.0  8  1  1  0  5   0  0  0  0   27 27   6  8
    
    HBP - by Hourigan (Defendis); by Hourigan (Gaynor); by Hourigan (Defendis).
    
    Strikeouts - Messineo; Leonard; McDonough; Dempsey; Donovan. Walks - Badger;
    Frazier.
                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                     Connecticut at Rutgers
                     Apr 17, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of '53 Complex)
    
    Connecticut 3 (19-13,5-7 BE)                  Rutgers 5 (17-16,10-2 BE)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Kyle Messineo lf...........  3  0  0  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  5  0  2  0
    Tony Mallozzi rf...........  4  0  0  0       GROSE, Jeff dh.............  5  1  2  1
     Bryan Maler ph............  1  0  0  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  3  1  1  0
    Russ D'Argento cf..........  4  1  0  0       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  4  1  2  1
    Mike Leonard c.............  4  0  2  1       GAYNOR, Colin c............  4  0  1  1
    Jeff Hourigan dh...........  4  0  0  0       DEFENDIS, Johnny lf........  4  0  2  1
    Marc Peluso 3b.............  4  1  1  0       RODRIGUEZ, Cory 3b.........  4  0  0  0
    Mike McDonough 1b..........  2  1  1  0       CERULO, Nick cf............  2  2  1  0
    Brian Maloney 2b...........  2  0  0  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  2  0  0  1
     Matt Untiet ph............  1  0  1  0       PARKER, Shaun p............  0  0  0  0
     Patrick Feeney pr/2b......  0  0  0  0        DIAL, Erik p..............  0  0  0  0
    Dennis Donovan ss..........  4  0  1  1        MALAFRONTE, Tom p.........  0  0  0  0
    Mike James p...............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 33  3  6  2       Totals..................... 33  5 11  5
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Connecticut......... 010 011 000 -  3  6  0
    Rutgers............. 300 001 01X -  5 11  3
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Defendis; Rodriguez; Grover. DP - UCONN 1. LOB - UCONN 9; Rutgers 9. HBP -
    Cerulo. SH - Grover. SB - Messineo 2; D'Argento; Badger; Cerulo 2.
    
    Connecticut                    IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mike James  L,4-3..........   8.0 11  5  5  3  2   0  0  1  0   33 38  10 10
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    PARKER, Shaun .............   5.0  3  3  2  5  5   0  0  0  0   20 25   3  7
    DIAL, Erik  W,1-4..........   3.0  3  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   10 11   3  3
    MALAFRONTE, Tom  S,4.......   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    3  3   1  2
    
    HBP - by James (Cerulo).
    
    Strikeouts - Mallozzi 3; D'Argento; Hourigan; Peluso; Badger; Grover. Walks -
    Messineo 2; D'Argento; McDonough 2; Maloney; Frazier; Cerulo; Grover.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 2:00   Time: 2:31   Attendance: 250
    
    
    
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