JAMAICA, NY - The Rutgers baseball team endured a sluggish afternoon in Jamaica, NY, dropping both ends of a BIG EAST doubleheader to St. John's (10-4; 4-1). Rutgers took a 4-0 lead in the opener and a 1-0 lead in the nightcap, but failed to score again in either game as it lost its first BIG EAST doubleheader since dropping a pair at Notre Dame on May 4, 2002." />
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Baseball Drops a Pair at St. John's
SCARLET KNIGHTS' WINNING STREAK STOPPED AT 14 GAMES
  • Posted on April 25, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • JAMAICA, NY - The Rutgers baseball team endured a sluggish afternoon in Jamaica, NY, dropping both ends of a BIG EAST doubleheader to St. John's (10-4; 4-1). Rutgers took a 4-0 lead in the opener and a 1-0 lead in the nightcap, but failed to score again in either game as it lost its first BIG EAST doubleheader since dropping a pair at Notre Dame on May 4, 2002. With the losses, RU snapped its 14-game winning streak and is now 21-15 overall and 11-4 in BIG EAST play.

    Rutgers took a 4-0 lead in the first, scoring all four runs with two outs. Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) reached on an error to start things off and scored on a double to left-center from Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ), who promptly scored when Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) doubled down the left-field line on the very next pitch. With Gaynor on second, Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) jumped on the first pitch he saw, tripling into right field and scoring on an overthrow.

    Rutgers starter Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) gutted his way through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing three runs  the big blow being Blake Hershelman's two-run double  before leaving with runners on second and third and one out. RU reliever Matt Pustay (Hamilton, NJ) yielded the tying run on a wild pitch, while Jim Martin's shallow popup fell in front of Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) in left-center, driving in the go-ahead run. A throwing error on the play and a sacrifice fly extended St. John's lead to 6-4 after four innings. The Red Storm added four more in the fifth on another two-run double from Hershelman and Ken Devenney's two-run homer.

    Egbert (6-2) worked just 3.1 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, while Pustay and Malafronte each allowed two runs. Canuso was the lone repeat hitter for Rutgers, going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.

    Rutgers took a 1-0 second-inning lead in the nightcap when Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) doubled home Cerulo, who reached on an infield single. St. John's tied the game in the bottom half on an Anthony DeRosa RBI single, took a 2-1 lead in the third on Eric Schultz' sacrifice fly and went ahead, 3-1, on PJ Antoniato's solo shot in the fifth.

    Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ) was the tough-luck loser in the nightcap, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in 7.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four, dropping to 5-1 this season. Frazier was 2-for-3 with a double, while five others had one hit apiece.

    Rutgers returns to action on Tuesday, when it begins a stretch of six games in six days with a non-conference contest at Columbia at 3:30 p.m.

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