PISCATAWAY, NJ – Holding a 4-0 lead with Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) cruising through the Villanova lineup for the first six innings, the Scarlet Knights allowed seven runs in the seventh, tied the game in the eighth but fell, 8-7, when the Wildcats plated the winning run with two outs in the ninth. " />
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RU Baseball Falls, 8-7; Backs Itself Into a Corner
  • Posted on May 21, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Holding a 4-0 lead with Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) cruising through the Villanova lineup for the first six innings, the Scarlet Knights allowed seven runs in the seventh, tied the game in the eighth but fell, 8-7, when the Wildcats plated the winning run with two outs in the ninth. Rutgers (30-21, 13-9 BE), fighting for the fourth and final spot in the 2004 BIG EAST Baseball Championship, likely needs to win its final two games and rely on help from other sources.

    Boston College lost to Seton Hall, 13-10, this afternoon in South Orange as the Pirates denied the Eagles a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Pittsburgh and St. John’s, the other important series this weekend, kicks off with a doubleheader tomorrow. RU now needs Pittsburgh to either win two of three from SJU or lose all three for a shot at the playoffs.

    Rutgers struck first, when Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) singled up the middle with two outs in the third, scoring Graig Badger (Union, NJ), who reached on a one-out single, and Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ), who followed with a walk. Leading 2-0, Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) crushed a two-run home run in the fifth, scoring Grose (double) for a 4-0 lead. The home run was Frazier’s 34th at Rutgers and his 13th this season, tying the single-season school record he set as a freshman in 2002.

    Egbert, who retired the first six batters of the game and was seemingly in control, allowed a leadoff single to Brian Newbold and hit Adrian Schau, setting the table for Alan Day, who singled to center to score Newbold. An infield single loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Frank Cirone, who grounded out to short but drove in another run. A walk to nine-spot hitter Mark Cardillo re-loaded the bases for Kris Malloy, who lofted a sacrifice fly to right, cutting the lead to 4-3. RU head coach Fred Hill went to his bullpen for junior Tom Malafronte (Somerville, NJ), who threw 3.1 perfect innings vs. Rider on Tuesday. Malafronte allowed a bloop single to center by Angelo Petracca to tie the game and a two-run single to Newbold, his second hit of the inning, to give Villanova a 6-4 lead. An infield error allowed the seventh and final run of the frame to score before Erik Dial (Basking Ridge, NJ) induced a pop-out to end the inning.

    Rutgers fought back with a single run in the bottom of the inning when Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) and Badger led off with singles and Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) dumped a single into shallow right after a two-out walk to Frazier. In the eighth, Rutgers tied the game with two more runs. Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) opened with a single to right-center and then raced to third when Jeff Miller’s (Wyckoff, NJ) groundball rolled through the legs of shortstop Brian Trotta. With runners at the corners and one out, Grover stung a single to right-center, cutting the lead to 7-6, and Badger beat out a double play ball at first, allowing Miller to score.

    In the top of the ninth, Dial walked Petracca with one out and, with two outs, balked him into scoring position. RU elected to intentionally walk Newbold, who had singled in his previous two at bats, to set up the force at any base. Adrian Schau, hitless in his three previous at bats, singled to left and Petracca beat Grose’s throw to the plate for the eventual winning run. Rutgers was set down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth by Ted Aust, who provided the Wildcats with 1.2 perfect innings to improve to 5-0.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                      Villanova at Rutgers
                      May 21, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of 53 Complex)
    
    Villanova 8 (29-20-1,8-13)                    Rutgers 7 (30-21,13-9)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Molloy, Kris cf............  3  0  0  1       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  5  1  2  1
    Petracca, Angelo 3b........  4  2  1  1       GROSE, Jeff lf.............  4  2  2  0
    Poydenis, Danny dh.........  4  1  1  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  3  1  2  2
    Newbold, Brian lf..........  4  1  2  2       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  5  0  1  1
    Schau, Adrian 1b...........  4  1  1  1       GAYNOR, Colin dh...........  5  0  1  2
    Day, Alan rf...............  4  1  1  1       CERULO, Nick cf............  4  1  2  0
    Trotta, Brian ss...........  5  1  2  0       RODRIGUEZ, Cory 3b.........  4  0  2  0
    Wendle, Andy c.............  1  0  0  0        QUERNS, Tim 3b............  0  0  0  0
     Cirone, Frank ph..........  1  0  0  1       MILLER, Jeff c.............  4  1  0  0
     Pickel, Kelly c...........  1  0  1  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  4  1  2  1
    Cardillo, Mark 2b..........  3  1  0  0       EGBERT, Jack p.............  0  0  0  0
    Allen, Nick p..............  0  0  0  0        MALAFRONTE, Tom p.........  0  0  0  0
     Ciccotelli, Mike p........  0  0  0  0        DIAL, Erik p..............  0  0  0  0
     Aust, Ted p...............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 34  8  9  7       Totals..................... 38  7 14  7
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Villanova........... 000 000 701 -  8  9  4
    Rutgers............. 002 020 120 -  7 14  2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Day; Trotta 2; Cardillo; Grover 2. DP - VU 2; Rutgers 1. LOB - VU 8; Rutgers 7.
    2B - Grose(9). HR - Frazier(13). HBP - Schau. SH - Wendle. SF - Molloy. SB -
    Poydenis, D.; Badger(26). CS - Grose.
    
    Villanova                      IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Allen, Nick ...............   6.0 11  5  5  2  3   0  0  0  0   26 28   4  7
    Ciccotelli, Mike ..........   1.1  3  2  2  1  0   0  0  0  0    7  8   2  1
    Aust, Ted  W,5-0...........   1.2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    5  5   3  2
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EGBERT, Jack ..............   6.2  5  5  5  2  5   0  0  1  0   23 28   3 11
    MALAFRONTE, Tom ...........   0.0  2  2  1  1  0   1  0  0  0    2  3   0  0
    DIAL, Erik  L,4-5..........   2.1  2  1  1  3  1   0  1  0  1    9 12   2  3
    
    WP - Malafronte. HBP - by Egbert (Schau). BK - Dial. PB - Miller.
    
    Strikeouts - Poydenis, D.; Newbold; Schau 2; Day; Trotta; Canuso 2; Cerulo. Walks -
    Molloy; Petracca; Poydenis, D.; Newbold; Day; Cardillo; Grose; Frazier 2.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 2:30 pm   Time: 3:10   Attendance: 150
    
    Game notes:
    ID-243164
    Malafronte faced 3 batters in the 7th.
    Allen faced 2 batters in the 7th.
    
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