PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ) has been named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division I Pitcher of the Week for his efforts in Sunday’s 6-0 win over Connecticut. Kalb is the second Rutgers pitcher to earn the award in as many weeks, joining fellow junior Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ).
Making his fourth start of the season, Kalb allowed just five singles and two walks, shutting down Connecticut for 8.0 innings. He struck out six hitters, including all three in the second inning and induced three double plays to escape what little trouble Connecticut created. He retired 13 of 15 hitters from the first inning into the sixth and allowed just one runner to advance to second base all afternoon.
In his four starts this season, he has worked 26.2 innings and allowed just 17 hits and two runs (0.67), while striking out 22. He is 5-0 overall with a team-best 2.01 ERA, allowing 32 hits in 31.1 innings of action. During RU’s current 13-game winning streak, Kalb is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA, holding hitters to a .223 batting average.
Princeton’s Tim Lahey earned Player of the Week honors and Princeton’s Gavin Fabian was named Rookie of the Week in Division I. At the Division II/III level, Joe Hernandez of William Paterson was named Player of the Week, Rocky Ruiz (Centenary) was named Pitcher of the Week, Aaron Richard (Kean) earned Rookie Player honors and Tom Cowen (William Paterson) was named Rookie Pitcher of the Week.
Rutgers (20-13) is tied for first in the BIG EAST standings with Notre Dame, as both teams own identical 11-2 league marks. Following a non-league game at Iona on Tuesday, Rutgers plays at Boston College on Friday and at St. John’s on Sunday in a pair of BIG EAST doubleheaders.