NEW YORK, NY – Rutgers’ second trip to New York in the last three days was more fruitful than the last, as it scored eight times in the first inning and five times in the second en route to a 15-9 win over Columbia this afternoon in non-league action." />
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Rutgers Baseball Outslugs Columbia, 15-9
EIGHT-RUN FIRST INNING PROPELS KNIGHTS TO 15TH WIN IN LAST 17 GAMES
  • Posted on April 27, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • NEW YORK, NY – Rutgers’ second trip to New York in the last three days was more fruitful than the last, as it scored eight times in the first inning and five times in the second en route to a 15-9 win over Columbia this afternoon in non-league action. Sophomore OF Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) was 4-for-5 with three RBI and led the Scarlet Knights’ 24-hit attack. With the win, Rutgers improves to 22-15 overall. RU also avenged an 11-1 home loss to Columbia last season.

    Graig Badger (Union, NJ) opened the game with a single to short and, following a walk to Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ), junior Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) pounded a double into right-center, scoring both runners for a 2-0 lead. Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) then homered to right-center, his sixth of the season, to run the score to 4-0 and Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) doubled, which preceded an infield error and back-to-back singles by Jeff Miller (Wyckoff, NJ) and Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ), adding two more runs. Another single for Badger set the stage for Grose, who drove in the final two runs of the inning with a single up the middle before Frazier’s 5-4-3 double play ended the inning.

    In the second, Defendis stroked a two-run double down the rightfield line and Miller followed with a two-run home run, his first collegiate blast, to increase the lead to 12-0. Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) then homered two batters later to finish the scoring.

    Rutgers added a single run in the third on Defendis’ third hit and another in the sixth on another Grose single, scoring Grover, who reached on a one-out double.

    RU starter Steve Healing (Brick, NJ) allowed one run on two hits in 3.0 innings of work, earning the win (4-1). Freshman Chris Rini (Flemington, NJ) was the first of five relief pitchers for RU, allowing one run on two hits in 3.0 innings as well. In addition to Defendis’ four hits, Badger, Grose, Gaynor and Grover all checked in with three apiece, while Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) was 2-for-2 in a reserve role.

    Rutgers’ game with Lafayette, scheduled for Wednesday, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 4. RU will be back in action on Thursday, when it hosts Monmouth at 3:30 p.m.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                Rutgers  University at Columbia
                     Apr 27, 2004 at New York,  N.Y. (Andy Coakley  Field)
    
    Rutgers  University 15 (22-15)                Columbia 9 (12-24)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    BADGER, Graig 2b...........  4  1  3  0       Livermore 2b...............  5  1  2  2
     RODRIGUEZ, Cory 2b........  2  0  0  0       Gold lf....................  2  0  0  0
    GROSE, Jeff lf.............  5  1  3  3        Ward lf...................  2  1  1  2
    FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  5  2  2  2       Perez dh...................  3  0  0  0
     WILLIAMS, David rf........  1  0  0  0        DeFazio dh................  1  1  0  0
    CANUSO, Rich 1b............  3  2  1  2       Schmidt 1b.................  3  0  0  0
     HOOK, Steve 1b............  2  0  0  0        Miklausich 3b.............  2  0  1  1
    GAYNOR, Colin dh...........  4  2  3  0       Compton 3b/1b..............  4  2  2  2
     CERULO, Nick ph/dh........  2  0  2  0       Waters cf..................  4  1  2  2
    DEFENDIS, Johnny cf........  5  2  4  3       Hooker rf..................  5  0  0  0
    MILLER, Jeff c.............  5  2  2  3       Ramos c....................  2  0  0  0
    QUERNS, Tim 3b.............  6  1  1  1        Rettke c..................  2  1  2  0
    GROVER, Jason ss...........  5  2  3  1       Rodwogin ss................  5  2  3  0
    HEALING, Steve p...........  0  0  0  0       Flinn p....................  0  0  0  0
     RINI, Chris p.............  0  0  0  0        Quinn p...................  0  0  0  0
     ACAMPORA, Bobby p.........  0  0  0  0        Bajger p..................  0  0  0  0
     PUSTAY, Matt p............  0  0  0  0        Walther p.................  0  0  0  0
     HOLT, Steve p.............  0  0  0  0        Barna p...................  0  0  0  0
     MALAFRONTE, Tom p.........  0  0  0  0        DeGasperis p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                   Oleksak p.................  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 49 15 24 15       Totals..................... 40  9 13  9
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Rutgers  University. 851 001 000 - 15 24  1
    Columbia............ 001 100 403 -  9 13  2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Healing; Ramos; Flinn. DP - Lions 4. LOB - S. Knights 11; Lions 9. 2B - Frazier;
    Gaynor 2; Defendis 2; Grover; Livermore; Miklausich; Compton; Rodwogin 2. HR -
    Canuso; Miller; Grover; Compton; Waters. HBP - Canuso; Defendis; Gold; Rettke. SF -
    Waters.
    
    Rutgers  University            IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    HEALING, Steve  W..........   3.0  2  1  1  0  2   0  0  1  0   12 13   4  3
    RINI, Chris ...............   3.0  2  1  1  0  1   1  0  0  0   10 11   6  2
    ACAMPORA, Bobby ...........   0.2  5  4  4  1  0   0  0  1  0    7  9   0  2
    PUSTAY, Matt ..............   1.1  1  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    5  5   2  1
    HOLT, Steve ...............   0.2  3  3  3  1  1   0  0  0  0    5  6   0  1
    MALAFRONTE, Tom ...........   0.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   1  0
    
    Columbia                       IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Flinn  L...................   0.0  6  8  5  1  0   0  1  0  0    7  8   0  0
    Quinn .....................   1.1  6  5  4  0  1   0  0  0  0   10 10   1  2
    Bajger ....................   3.2  5  1  1  0  0   0  0  2  0   14 16   1  8
    Walther ...................   1.0  2  1  1  0  1   0  0  0  0    5  5   0  2
    Barna .....................   1.0  2  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    5  5   1  2
    DeGasperis ................   1.0  1  0  0  0  1   1  0  0  0    4  4   1  1
    Oleksak ...................   1.0  2  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0    4  5   0  1
    
    WP - Rini; DeGasperis. HBP - by Healing (Gold); by Bajger (Canuso); by Bajger
    (Defendis); by Acampora (Rettke). BK - Flinn.
    
    Strikeouts - Rodriguez 2; Canuso; Hook; Gold; Schmidt 2; Miklausich; Hooker. Walks -
    Grose; Miller; DeFazio; Compton.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 3:30 pm   Time: 3:02   Attendance: 35
    
    Flinn faced 8 batters in the 1st.
    
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