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Rutgers Baseball Pitches Its Way to Doubleheader Sweep of Georgetown
Scarlet Knights Christen New Field With Two Victories Over Hoyas
  • Posted on March 24, 2007 8:43:20 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Senior Steve Healing (Toms River, N.J.) pitched a complete-game shutout in Rutgers' 6-0 victory over Georgetown in the second game to cap a doubleheader sweep of the Hoyas Saturday afternoon in front of 508 fans and alumni in the inaugural games at the new Bainton Field. Rutgers earned a 4-3 victory in 10 innings in the first game of the afternoon.

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    Ron Bainton throws out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday afternoon. Photo by Tom Ciszek/NJSportsPhoto
    Following a pair of ceremonies honoring head coach Fred Hill for his 900th victory and Ron and Pat Bainton for their gift of RU's new FieldTurf field, the Scarlet Knights delighted the large crowd with a pair of victories. The Scarlet Knights improved to 9-10 overall and started the BIG EAST schedule 2-0, while Georgetown fell to 9-13 overall and 0-2 in league play.

    In the second contest of the day, Healing retired the first 13 batters of the game in order before giving up the Hoyas' first hit of the contest in the fifth. He allowed just five hits, and one extra-base hit, while striking out one in the complete-game shutout to improve to 3-2 on the season.  

    Meanwhile, Rutgers pushed across runs in the second and third to stake a 2-0 lead early on. An error allowed RU to plate its first run of the contest, while in the third, sophomore Luis Feliz (New Brunswick, N.J.) singled to left field, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.) single to right field.

    The Scarlet Knights added to their lead in the sixth when Dave Williams (Franklin, N.J.) led off the frame with a single and, while trying to advance to third on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, N.J.), the Hoya first baseman overthrew third base and Williams continued home for RU's third run of the game.

    RU greeted new Georgetown pitcher Mike Hoy with three runs in the eighth to build the 6-0 advantage. A wild pitch with the bases loaded scored the first run of the inning, with Tom Edwards (Caldwell, N.J.) and Vic Cegles (Phoenix, Ariz.) driving in the second and third runs of the frame.

    Georgetown's Mike Gaggiolo (1-2) took the loss with three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three strikeouts in seven innings of work.

    Trailing 3-1 in the eighth inning of the first game, Rutgers rallied to load the bases with two outs. Following a pitching change, Williams' grounder was picked up by the second baseman but the throw to first was mishandled by the first baseman allowing one run to score and the bases to remain loaded. Querns then hit a hard grounder to the right side where the second baseman made a diving stop but could not make a play as one more run scored and the bases once again remained loaded. Georgetown got out of the inning without allowing any further damage but RU tied it up heading into the ninth.

    After a scoreless ninth frame, Jason Downey (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), working his fourth inning of relief, retired the Hoyas in order in the 10th. In the bottom the 10th, the Scarlet Knights mounted a two-out rally with back-to-back singles by Querns and sophomore Tom Edwards (Caldwell, N.J.) to put runners on the corners. Cegles then delivered the game winning RBI with a single through the right side to plate Querns for the extra-inning victory.   

    Sophomore Matt Giannini (Millington, N.J.) allowed three runs on just five hits with eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings, while Downey added to RU's stellar pitching effort with 4.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief and six strikeouts.  

    Querns finished the day 4-for-7 from the plate with one RBI and two runs scored in RU's two victories.

    Rutgers and Georgetown will wrap up their series with a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday at Bainton Field. Freshman righty Casey Gaynor (Toms River, N.J.) will be on the mound for the Scarlet Knights against righty Jimmy Saris for the Hoyas.

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