PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Fresh off its BIG EAST Regular-Season and Tournament titles, Rutgers earned a No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville Regional and will take on defending National Champion Oregon State, the No. 3 seed, Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Davenport Field. The Scarlet Knights and Beavers are joined in Charlottesville by top seed Virginia and No. 4 seed Lafayette.
Rutgers is coming off a 7-6 victory over Connecticut in the BIG EAST title game last Saturday for its third league championship in the last 10 years. RU heads into the NCAAs with a 41-19 record, the second-most wins in school history. The Scarlet Knights have won four-straight games and 16 of their last 19 overall. RU entered the national rankings for the second time this season this week, coming in at No. 23 in the Baseball America Poll and No. 26 in Collegiate Baseball Poll.
Rutgers is 41-19 overall and finished 20-7 in the BIG EAST during the regular season. The 20 conference wins was the most in school history, topping the previous high of 19 wins in 1999 and 2003. The Scarlet Knights are one of the best hitting teams in the conference with a .314 team batting average and lead the conference in 60 home runs, runs (460), RBI (414) and onbase percentage (.408).
The Scarlet Knights are one of the top scoring teams in the country, ranking 13th. RU also has the top defense in the league and fifth-best in the nation with a .975 fielding percentage. Junior National Player of the Year candidate TODD FRAZIER leads the Scarlet Knights and the BIG EAST in nearly every offensive category. He has been named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and to the Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the top player in college baseball. He was named the unanimous BIG EAST Player of the Year last week and on Wednesday earned First Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball. The shorstop ranks fourth nationally with a school-record 22 home runs this season to go along with 42 career blasts. Nationally with a .408 batting average.
The Beavers, ranked 29th nationally, will be making their third-straight appearance (ninth overall) in the NCAA Regionals, taking a 38-17 overall record, including a 10-14 PAC-10 mark, into the NCAA Championships. The 2006 defending national champions are led by junior catcher Mitch Canham's .346 average. Canham has 53 RBI on the year, while scoring 48 runs, and leads Oregon State with nine home runs. Junior first baseman Jordan Lennerton is second on the team with a .331 average, while junior shortstop Darwin Barney has collected a team-best 67 hits,including leading the squad with 18 doubles. Junior righthander Mike Stutes owns a 9-4 record and a 3.94 ERA, leading the team with 101 strikeouts. Junior righty Daniel Turpen is 9-1 on the season with a 3.79 earned run average in 19 appearances (12 starts). Junior Southpaw Joe Paterson, who has started all 17 games in which he has appeared, has pitched a team-high 105.1 innings and has a 4.19 ERA.
As a team, the Beavers rank second nationally in team fielding percentage (.979), as well as sitting 23rd with a team ERA of 3.58.