MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Junior lefty Matt Pustay (Hamilton, NJ) retired the first 14 hitters he faced in relief, recording 15 outs, as Rutgers defeated Minnesota, 6-2, for its second-straight win in the Metrodome. Pustay, who entered the game with one out in the fourth, induced an inning-ending double play and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the ninth to record his second win of the season. With the win, RU improves to 8-7, while Minnesota falls to 4-9." />
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Pustay Pitches Rutgers Past Minnesota, 6-2
JUNIOR LEFTY FIRES 5.2 ONE-HIT RELIEF INNINGS TO EARN WIN
  • Posted on March 19, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Junior lefty Matt Pustay (Hamilton, NJ) retired the first 14 hitters he faced in relief, recording 15 outs, as Rutgers defeated Minnesota, 6-2, for its second-straight win in the Metrodome. Pustay, who entered the game with one out in the fourth, induced an inning-ending double play and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the ninth to record his second win of the season. With the win, RU improves to 8-7, while Minnesota falls to 4-9.

    Pustay struggled in his previous three starts, allowing a combined 26 hits and 23 runs in 8.2 innings, but did not walk a hitter today and struck out four to even his season record at 2-2. He also threw a shutout inning in last night’s 13-2 win.

    “Matt pitched the way he is capable of today,” said head coach Fred Hill. “He got ahead of hitters, changed speeds and located well. He is a real competitor and we knew he’d bounce back. Offensively, we got the hits when we needed them.”

    Todd Frazier (Toms River, NJ) wasted little time putting Rutgers on the scoreboard, drilling a solo home run over the infamous “baggy” in right field on the third pitch of the game. The Gophers tied the game with a run in the second on Tony Leseman’s RBI single and threatened for more, loading the bases with one out, but RU starter Jim Jansen (Hillsdale, NJ) used a shallow flyout and inning-ending strikeout to keep the game tied heading into the third.

    In the top of the fourth, Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) led off with a crisp single to left and, running on the pitch, scored from first when David Williams (Franklin, NJ) doubled into the leftfield corner. Williams’ double came on the heels of a fine defensive play in the bottom of the third, when he caught a fly ball and fired a bullet to Frazier at short to double up Andy Hunter, who had strayed off the base following Williams’ catch. Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ) then delivered Williams with a well-stroked ball into the gap in left-center for a 3-1 lead, but was called out at second when he over-slid the bag. That play came back to haunt the Scarlet Knights, as Frazier followed with a triple to right-center but was stranded to end the inning.

    Minnesota regained a run the bottom of the fourth, using a pair of singles and a walk to cut the lead to 3-2 and end Jansen’s day. Pustay entered the game and induced a lineout double play to end the inning with RU’s lead still intact.

    Rutgers extended its lead to 4-2 in the sixth, using an infield throwing error to put runners on second and third with no outs. With the infield drawn in, Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) slapped a one-out single into center, scoring Gossard, while Querns was cut down at the plate for the second out of the inning. With runners at first and second, UM brought in its standout lefty closer, Jon Gaub, to face Hook, who flew out to the warning track in right to end the inning.

    Rutgers added two insurance runs in the ninth, loading the bases on a walk to Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) and singles from Defendis and Rodriguez. Donny Callahan (Sparta, NJ), pinch-running for Gaynor, scampered home on a wild pitch by UM reliever Andy Peters for a 5-2 lead. Peters then intentionally walked Williams to re-load the bases for Jon Gossard (Haddon Heights, NJ), who delivered a sacrifice fly to deep right, plating Defendis with the Scarlet Knights’ final run.

    Frazier led RU with a 3-for-5 effort, including a home run and triple, while Defendis, Rodriguez and Querns added two hits apiece.

    The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow at 12:00 noon (CT).

                                The Automated ScoreBook
                                  Rutgers at Minnesota
                      Mar 19, 2005 at Minneapolis, MN (Metrodome)
    
    Rutgers 6 (8-7)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    FRAZIER, Todd ss.........  5  1  3  1   0  0  3  0   1
    GROSE, Jeff lf...........  4  0  1  1   1  0  1  0   1
    GAYNOR, Colin dh.........  3  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   2
     CALLAHAn, Donny pr......  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    HOOK, Steve 1b...........  4  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   2
    DEFENDIS, Johnny cf......  5  1  2  0   0  1  2  0   1
    RODRIGUEZ, Cory 2b.......  4  1  2  0   1  1  1  2   2
    WILLIAMS, Dave rf........  4  1  1  1   1  1  7  1   1
    GOSSARD, Jon c...........  3  1  0  1   0  2  7  0   0
    QUERNS, Tim 3b...........  4  0  2  1   1  0  0  0   2
    JANSEN, Jim p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
     PUSTAY, Matt p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
    Totals................... 36  6 12  5   5  5 27  6  12
    
    Minnesota 2 (4-9)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Hrncirik 3b..............  2  0  0  0   2  2  0  0   0
    Fornasiere ss............  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  2   1
    Mee rf...................  4  0  1  0   0  1  4  0   3
    Hunter 1b................  3  0  1  0   1  0  6  2   0
    Elder c..................  4  0  0  0   0  1  6  1   2
    DeSmidt dh...............  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
    MacLean lf/2b............  4  2  1  0   0  1  1  2   0
    Leseman cf...............  4  0  3  1   0  0  3  1   0
    Chlan 2b.................  2  0  1  0   0  1  3  3   0
     Carlson ph..............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     Larson lf...............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
    DeVries p................  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
     Mueller p...............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     Gaub p..................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     Peters p................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 33  2  8  1   3  7 27 11   7
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Rutgers............. 100 201 002 -  6 12  0
    Minnesota........... 010 100 000 -  2  8  1
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Hrncirik. DP - Rutgers 2; MINN 1. LOB - Rutgers 12; MINN 7. 2B - D.
    Williams; T. Querns. 3B - T. Frazier. HR - T. Frazier(5). HBP - C. Gaynor;
    S. Hook; J. Gossard. SF - J. Gossard. SB - MacLean 2.
    
    Rutgers                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    JANSEN, Jim.........  3.1  7  2  2  3  3 16 19
    PUSTAY, Matt........  5.2  1  0  0  0  4 17 17
    
    Minnesota              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    DeVries.............  4.2  8  3  3  2  2 21 24
    Mueller.............  1.0  1  1  0  0  0  4  6
    Gaub................  2.2  3  2  2  2  3 10 12
    Peters..............  0.2  0  0  0  1  0  1  3
    
    Win - M. Pustay (2-2).  Loss - DeVries (0-1).  Save - None.
    WP - J. Jansen 2; Peters. HBP - by DeVries (S. Hook); by Mueller (J. Gossard);
    by Mueller (C. Gaynor). PB - J. Gossard.
    Umpires -
    Start: 2:00 pm   Time: 3:05   Attendance: 359
    Game: MINN-2
    
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