PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers baseball team fell to Pace, 4-0, Sunday afternoon, marking its first home loss in 17 home games this season." />
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Pace Snaps Rutgers' 17-Game Home Win Streak, 4-0
  • Posted on May 09, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers baseball team fell to Pace, 4-0, Sunday afternoon, marking its first home loss in 17 home games this season. The Scarlet Knights move to 28-17, while Pace improves to 13-28.

    Rutgers could not solve Pace starting pitcher Patrick Stanley, who finished with a complete-game shutout, giving up just four hits – all singles – and striking out four.

    Sophomore Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) had three of Rutgers’ four hits on the day, with junior Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) collecting the other. RU could not capitalize on its opportunities and produce any run support for starter Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ), who was chased out after 4.2 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits, while striking out three. He took the loss, falling to 5-2 for the season.

    After three scoreless innings of play, Pace got on the board first as five-spot hitter Doug Hehner drilled a ball just over the fence in left field. Grose leaped at the wall in hopes of bringing it back in, but the ball sailed just over his glove and over the fence for a solo home run.

    The Setters staged a two-out rally in the fifth with Matt Bisbano and JC Pullum drawing walks to put runners on first and second. Rob Faist singled up the middle and Bisbano beat the throw to home for Pace’s second run of the game, signaling the end of Kalb’s day.

    Sophomore OJ DeChristofano (Pequannock, NJ) replaced Kalb, inducing a ground out to the shortstop to end the inning.

    Following scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh, Pace added an insurance run off the bat of Faist, who registered a lead-off home run in the eighth. After giving up a double to the next batter, DeChristofano was pulled in favor of sophomore Matt Pustay (Hamilton, NJ). DeChristofano worked 2.1 innings, allowing a run on two hits, while striking out one. Pustay got out of the jam, inducing a pair of pop outs, and a strike out.

    Grover rocketed a one-out single to right field in the bottom of the eighth but Stanley kept his composure, getting leadoff hitter Graig Badger (Union, NJ) to ground into a rare double play, ending the Rutgers threat in the eighth.

    Pace tacked on another run in the ninth as Pullum recorded a two-out single, stole second, and scored on a Faist single up the middle. Faist finished with three RBI in the contest. Junior Tom Malafronte (Somerville, NJ) replaced Pustay, registering the final out for the Scarlet Knights.

    Grose singled to center field to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but Stanley retired the next three batters to improve his record to 7-3 for the season.

    Rutgers will be back in action on Thursday, May 12, when it travels to Newark, DE, to face the University of Delaware at 3 p.m.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                        Pace at Rutgers
                     May 09, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of '53 Complex)
    
    Pace 4 (13-28)                                Rutgers 0 (28-17)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    JC Pullum ss...............  4  1  2  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  0  0  0
    Rob Faist lf...............  5  1  3  3       GROSE, Jeff lf.............  4  0  3  0
    Paul Bonaros rf............  5  0  1  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  4  0  0  0
    Mike Ferrauto c............  4  0  0  0       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  3  0  0  0
    Doug Hehner 3b.............  2  1  1  1       DEFENDIS, Johnny cf........  3  0  0  0
    Mike Pahira dh.............  3  0  0  0       CERULO, Nick dh............  3  0  0  0
    Matt Castellano 1b.........  4  0  1  0       MILLER, Jeff c.............  3  0  0  0
    Matt McNichol 2b...........  2  0  0  0       QUERNS, Tim 3b.............  3  0  0  0
    Matt Bisbano cf............  3  1  0  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  3  0  1  0
    Patrick Stanley p..........  0  0  0  0       KALB, Aaron p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                   DECHRISTOFANO, OJ p.......  0  0  0  0
                                                   PUSTAY, Matt p............  0  0  0  0
                                                   MALAFRONTE, Tom p.........  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 32  4  8  4       Totals..................... 29  0  4  0
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Pace................ 000 110 011 -  4  8  0
    Rutgers............. 000 000 000 -  0  4  0
    -------------------------------------------
    
    DP - Pace 1; Rutgers 1. LOB - Pace 8; Rutgers 5. 2B - Bonaros. HR - Faist; Hehner.
    HBP - Canuso; Defendis. SH - McNichol. SB - Pullum; Faist; Bisbano. CS - Grose.
    
    Pace                           IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Patrick Stanley  W,7-3.....   9.0  4  0  0  1  4   0  0  2  0   29 32   9 12
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    KALB, Aaron  L,5-2.........   4.2  4  2  2  3  3   0  0  0  0   16 20   6  4
    DECHRISTOFANO, OJ .........   2.1  2  1  1  2  1   0  0  0  0    8 10   2  3
    PUSTAY, Matt ..............   1.2  2  1  1  1  1   0  0  0  0    7  8   3  1
    MALAFRONTE, Tom ...........   0.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   0  1
    
    HBP - by Stanley (Defendis); by Stanley (Canuso).
    
    Strikeouts - Pullum; Faist; Bonaros; Castellano; Bisbano; Frazier; Miller 2; Querns.
    Walks - Pullum; Hehner 2; Pahira; McNichol; Bisbano; Badger.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 1:00   Time: 2:30   Attendance: 150
    
    Game notes:
    ID-260465
    DeChristofno faced 2 batters in the 8th.
    
    
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