PISCATAWAY, NJ - Senior Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) delivered Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Rutgers to a 3-2, game one victory, while UConn’s Josh Farkes doubled home Jeff Hourigan in the seventh inning of the nightcap to snap a 6-6 tie as the Scarlet Knights and Huskies split a BIG EAST doubleheader this afternoon at the Class of ’53 Baseball Complex. " />
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Rutgers and UConn Exchange One-Run Wins in Baseball Split
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - Senior Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) delivered Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Rutgers to a 3-2, game one victory, while UConn’s Josh Farkes doubled home Jeff Hourigan in the seventh inning of the nightcap to snap a 6-6 tie as the Scarlet Knights and Huskies split a BIG EAST doubleheader this afternoon at the Class of ’53 Baseball Complex. With the split, RU is now 21-15 overall and 8-6 in BIG EAST play.

    In the opener, both teams remained scoreless into the fourth, when UConn broke through on an attempted double steal, as Farkes scored while Matt Untiet was tagged out in a rundown between first and second. The Scarlet Knights, however, took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning when Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) led off with a single and David Williams (Franklin, NJ), who had missed the last eight games with a shoulder injury, lofted a two-run homer to left, his third blast of the season.

    Connecticut knotted the game in the sixth on an infield groundout and the game stretched past the scheduled seven innings, as relievers Matt Pustay (Hamilton, NJ), Chris Lillis (Fair Haven, NJ) and Tim Woodhull (Princeton Jct., NJ) combined for 4.1 shutout innings of relief. The Huskies threatened by putting runners at the corners in the ninth, but Woodhull bounced back with an inning-ending flyout and was aided in the 10th when freshman Frank Meade (Linden, NJ) gunned down a runner trying to steal second. In the tenth, Gaynor led off with an infield single, moved to second on Defendis’ sacrifice and over to third on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Rodriguez.

    Connecticut stormed out of the gate in the nightcap, touching RU starter OJ DeChristofano (Pequannock, NJ) for five hits and four runs in the second inning. Trailing 4-1, the Scarlet Knights rallied back with four of their own to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff walks to Ryan Hill (Hillsdale, NJ) and Meade started the rally, while a walk to Todd Frazier (Toms River, NJ) with one out loaded the bases. Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) then delivered the first two runners with a single to left and Gaynor plated Frazier with a single through the left side, while Grose came around to score when Defendis’ groundball was mishandled. RU then extended its lead to 6-4 in the fourth when Gaynor was hit by a pitch, moved to third on Defendis’ double and scored on Rodriguez’s infield groundout.

    At that point, Connecticut rallied for single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to overcome the two-run deficit. With the game tied at 6-6 in the seventh, Hourigan and Farkes delivered doubles off Pustay, who suffered the loss to fall to 2-4 this season. RU put runners on first and second with outs in the ninth, as Rodriguez and Williams singled, but Hill popped up to end the game.

    Grose and Rodriguez had two hits in each game to lead RU’s offense, which banged out 19 total hits, while Lillis worked 3.1 shutout innings between the two games, throwing 1.2 in each contest, allowing just one hit and one walk.

    The two teams will finish off their series tomorrow at noon, with RU starter Steve Holt (Toms River, NJ) set to start.

                                The Automated ScoreBook
                                    UConn at Rutgers
                  Apr 23, 2005 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of 53 Complex)
    
    UConn 2 (22-17,8-5)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    WASSERMAN, Austin 2b.....  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  3   2
    D'ARGENTO, Russ cf.......  3  0  1  0   1  0  3  0   2
    MALLOZZI, Tony lf........  5  0  1  0   0  2  3  0   0
    HOURIGAN, Jeff 1b........  5  0  1  0   0  2  8  1   1
    DiFAZIO, Vin dh..........  5  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   3
    FARKES, Josh rf..........  4  1  2  0   0  0  2  1   0
    DONOVAN, Dennis ss.......  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   0
    DAY, Larry c.............  4  0  0  1   0  0  7  1   0
    UNTIET, Matt 3b..........  1  0  1  0   1  0  0  2   0
     MALER, Bryan ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
     MAHONEY, Pat 3b.........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
    SIROIS, Rich p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
     ERICKSON, David p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
    Totals................... 35  2  9  1   2  6 29 10   9
    
    Rutgers 3 (21-14,4-8)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    FRAZIER, Todd ss.........  4  0  1  0   1  1  3  2   0
    GROSE, Jeff lf...........  4  0  2  0   1  0  2  0   0
    GAYNOR, Colin 1b.........  4  1  1  0   1  0 13  1   1
    DEFENDIS, Johnny cf......  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  0   2
    RODRIGUEZ, Cory 2b.......  4  0  2  1   0  1  1  5   2
    WILLIAMS, Dave rf........  3  1  2  2   0  0  2  0   0
    HILL, Ryan dh............  2  0  0  0   2  1  0  0   0
    GOSSARD, Jon c...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  6  2   1
     HOOK, Steve ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
     MEADE, Frank c..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
    GROVER, Jason 3b.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  2   1
     CEGLES, Vic ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     QUERNS, Tim 3b..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    KALB, Aaron p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  4   0
     PUSTAY, Matt p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     LILLIS, Chris p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     WOODHULL, Tim p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 33  3  9  3   5  6 30 17   9
    
    Score by Innings                      R  H  E
    ---------------------------------------------
    UConn............... 000 101 000 0 -  2  9  1
    Rutgers............. 000 200 000 1 -  3  9  2
    ---------------------------------------------
    
    Note: 2 outs, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.
    
    E - Wasserman; T. Frazier; J. Grover. LOB - UCONN 9; Rutgers 9. 2B - J.
    Grose(6); D. Williams(8). HR - D. Williams(3). HBP - Wasserman. SH -
    D'Argento; Donovan 2; J. Defendis(1); C Rodriguez(1); D. Williams(6). SB -
    R. Hill(3). CS - Mallozzi; Untiet; T. Frazier.
    
    UConn                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    SIROIS, Rich........  6.0  4  2  2  4  4 20 26
    ERICKSON, David.....  3.2  5  1  1  1  2 13 15
    
    Rutgers                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    KALB, Aaron.........  5.2  6  2  2  2  5 20 26
    PUSTAY, Matt........  1.1  0  0  0  0  0  4  4
    LILLIS, Chris.......  1.2  0  0  0  0  0  5  5
    WOODHULL, Tim.......  1.1  3  0  0  0  1  6  6
    
    Win - T. Woodhull (3-1).  Loss - Erickson (0-1).  Save - None.
    WP - Sirois; Erickson; Aaron Kalb. HBP - by Aaron Kalb (Wasserman).
    Umpires -
    Start: 12:00 pm   Time: 2:44   Attendance: 150
    Game notes:
    ID-328360
    Game: UCONN-1
    
                                The Automated ScoreBook
                                    UConn at Rutgers
                 Apr 23, 2005 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of '53 Complex)
    
    UConn 7 (23-17,5-8)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    WASSERMAN, Austin 2b.....  4  1  2  1   1  0  4  1   0
     MUSCATELLO, David 2b....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
    D'ARGENTO, Russ cf.......  5  1  2  1   0  0  3  0   2
    MALLOZZI, Tony lf........  5  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
    HOURIGAN, Jeff 1b........  5  1  3  1   0  1  8  2   1
    DiFAZIO, Vin dh..........  4  1  1  0   1  1  0  0   1
    FARKES, Josh rf..........  5  1  3  1   0  1  2  0   2
    DONOVAN, Dennis ss.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  7   1
    MALINOWSKI, Steven c.....  3  2  2  2   1  0  2  1   0
     DAY, Larry c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
    UNTIET, Matt 3b..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   1
     MAHONEY, Pat ph/3b......  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  1   0
    NORTON, Tim p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     MacDONALD, Joshua p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
     SMERAGLINO, Joe p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
     GARRY, Ted p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 38  7 13  6   4  4 27 14   8
    
    Rutgers 6 (21-15,8-6)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    FRAZIER, Todd ss.........  4  1  0  0   1  1  3  3   2
    GROSE, Jeff lf...........  5  1  2  2   0  1  5  0   0
    GAYNOR, Colin 1b.........  4  2  2  1   0  1 10  0   0
    DEFENDIS, Johnny cf......  5  0  2  0   0  0  1  0   0
    RODRIGUEZ, Cory 2b.......  5  0  2  2   0  0  1  3   0
    WILLIAMS, Dave rf........  4  0  1  0   1  0  1  0   5
    HILL, Ryan dh............  4  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   2
    MEADE, Frank c...........  2  1  0  0   2  0  5  1   1
    QUERNS, Tim 3b...........  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  3   0
    DECHRISTOFANO, OJ p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     SPICER, Sean p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     PUSTAY, Matt p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     LILLIS, Chris p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     WOODHULL, Tim p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 36  6 10  5   5  3 27 10  10
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    UConn............... 040 011 100 -  7 13  1
    Rutgers............. 140 100 000 -  6 10  0
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Wasserman. DP - Rutgers 1. LOB - UCONN 8; Rutgers 10. 2B - Wasserman 2;
    D'Argento; Hourigan 2; Farkes; Malinowski 2; J. Defendis; T. Querns. HBP -
    C. Gaynor. SH - T. Querns. CS - D'Argento; J. Grose.
    
    UConn                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    NORTON, Tim.........  1.1  5  5  4  3  1  8 12
    MacDONALD, Joshua...  5.0  3  1  1  2  1 18 21
    SMERAGLINO, Joe.....  2.1  2  0  0  0  1  9  9
    GARRY, Ted..........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
    
    Rutgers                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    DECHRISTOFANO, OJ...  4.2  9  5  5  1  2 21 22
    SPICER, Sean........  1.0  1  1  1  2  1  4  6
    PUSTAY, Matt........  1.1  2  1  1  0  0  6  6
    LILLIS, Chris.......  1.2  1  0  0  1  0  6  7
    WOODHULL, Tim.......  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1
    
    Win - Smeraglino (3-0).  Loss - M. Pustay (2-4).  Save - Garry (4).
    WP - MacDonald; S. Spicer 3. HBP - by MacDonald (C. Gaynor). PB - Malinowski.
    Umpires -
    Start: 3:10   Time: 2:42   Attendance: 150
    Game notes:
    ID-328361
    Game: UCONN-2
    
    
     
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