NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Sophomore Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) was 3-for-5 with a game-high 6 RBI and freshman Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ) went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI as No. 29 Rutgers defeated Iona, 21-5, this afternoon to run its winning streak to 14 games. With the win, Rutgers is now 21-13 overall, while Iona falls to 11-20." />
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Defendis, Querns Lead Hit Parade as Rutgers Pounds Iona, 21-5
  • Posted on April 20, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Sophomore Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) was 3-for-5 with a game-high 6 RBI and freshman Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ) went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI as No. 29 Rutgers defeated Iona, 21-5, this afternoon to run its winning streak to 14 games. With the win, Rutgers is now 21-13 overall, while Iona falls to 11-20.

    Rutgers wasted little time in setting the tone in today’s game, as the first three hitters in the lineup drew walks in the top of the first, loading the bases for Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ), who drove in the first run with a fielder’s choice. Following another walk, which reloaded the bases, Defendis drilled a two-run single to left, while Querns added an RBI single two batters later for quick, 4-0 lead.

    After a scoreless second, Rutgers added two in the third on Querns’ two-run single, which scored Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ), who reached on a one-out single and Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ), who doubled down the line in left. In the fourth inning, RU added two more runs to take an 8-1 lead when Canuso homered to left-center, his fifth of the season.

    The floodgates opened in the fifth, when Rutgers sent 11 men to the plate, scoring seven runs. Defendis led off the inning with a home run to right and Graig Badger (Union, NJ) drilled a single to drive in the second run of the inning following a Cerulo walk and a Querns single. Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) was hit by a pitch two batters later, the second time of the game, to load the bases for Canuso, who worked a bases-loaded walk to force in the third run. Gaynor then singled up the middle, scoring another, and Defendis finished off the inning with a two-run single, his fourth and fifth RBI of the game.

    RU added a run in the sixth on a single from Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) and three more in the seventh on Grover’s bases-loaded triple. The final two runs came across in the eighth, when Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) led off with a double and Steve Hook (Langhorne, PA) was hit by a pitch, setting the stage for Defendis’ sac fly and David Williams’ (Sparta, NJ) RBI single.

    Jim Jansen (3-0) earned the win, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 7.0 innings of work. He walked one and struck out two. Junior Dave Caffrey (Basking Ridge, NJ) allowed a run in the eighth and Steve Holt (Toms River, NJ) finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

    Rutgers, which banged out 17 hits, also received four RBI from Canuso and Grover.

    The Scarlet Knights return to league play on Friday, when they travel to Chestnut Hill, MA for a doubleheader vs. Boston College. Game time is noon.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                  #29 Rutgers at Iona College
                      Apr 20, 2004 at New Rochelle, NY (J.B. Buono Field)
    
    Rutgers 21 (21-13)                            Iona College 5 (11-20)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  2  1  1       Callahan ss................  4  0  2  0
     RODRIGUEZ, Cory ph/2b.....  3  0  0  0       Sallustio cf...............  3  0  1  1
    GROSE, Jeff dh.............  6  1  2  0        Kump ph/cf................  2  0  0  0
    FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  3  3  0  0       Fortner-Vill rf............  5  0  0  0
    CANUSO, Rich 1b............  3  3  1  4       Perrone 1b.................  3  2  1  0
     HOOK, Steve ph/1b.........  0  1  0  0       Bruno c/3b.................  3  0  2  1
    GAYNOR, Colin c............  3  3  2  1       LaSala lf/c................  4  0  0  0
     MILLER, Jeff ph/c.........  0  1  0  0       Sorhaindo dh...............  4  1  3  1
    DEFENDIS, Johnny lf........  5  1  3  6       Dederick 3b................  1  0  0  0
    CERULO, Nick cf............  3  2  1  0        Taylor lf.................  2  1  1  1
     WILLIAMS, David cf........  2  1  1  1       Potocki 2b.................  3  1  1  0
    QUERNS, Tim 3b.............  5  3  4  3        Hackimer 2b...............  1  0  1  0
    GROVER, Jason ss...........  6  0  2  4       Stanziani p................  0  0  0  0
    JANSEN, Jim p..............  0  0  0  0        Diaz p....................  0  0  0  0
     CAFFREY, Dave p...........  0  0  0  0        Maslowski p...............  0  0  0  0
     HOLT, Steve p.............  0  0  0  0        Bucci p...................  0  0  0  0
                                                   Kosky p...................  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 42 21 17 20       Totals..................... 35  5 12  4
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Rutgers............. 402 271 320 - 21 17  0
    Iona College........ 010 020 110 -  5 12  3
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Sallustio; Perrone; Taylor. DP - Rutgers 4; Iona College 1. LOB - Rutgers 8;
    Iona College 9. 2B - Grose 2; Cerulo; Bruno. 3B - Grover; Sorhaindo. HR - Canuso;
    Defendis. HBP - Frazier 2; Hook; Bruno 2. SF - Defendis.
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JANSEN, Jim  W,3-0.........   7.0 10  4  4  1  2   0  0  1  0   27 29   7  8
    CAFFREY, Dave .............   1.0  1  1  1  1  1   0  0  1  0    4  6   2  0
    HOLT, Steve ...............   1.0  1  0  0  2  0   0  0  0  0    4  6   1  2
    
    Iona College                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Stanziani  L,0-1...........   4.0  7  8  8  4  1   0  1  1  0   18 23   8  2
    Diaz ......................   0.2  4  7  4  2  2   0  0  1  0    6  9   0  0
    Maslowski .................   2.1  4  4  3  3  0   0  0  0  0   11 14   4  2
    Bucci .....................   1.0  2  2  2  1  0   0  0  1  0    4  7   2  1
    Kosky .....................   1.0  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    3  3   0  2
    
    HBP - by Stanziani (Frazier); by Jansen (Bruno); by Diaz (Frazier); by Bucci (Hook); by
    Caffrey (Bruno). BK - Stanziani. PB - LaSala.
    
    Strikeouts - Rodriguez; Grose; Grover 2; Fortner-Vill 2; LaSala. Walks - Badger;
    Grose; Frazier; Canuso; Hook; Gaynor; Miller 2; Cerulo; Querns; Callahan; Perrone 2;
    Taylor.
    
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