PISCATAWAY, NJ – Holding a 3-2 lead, Rutgers exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning to roll past Iona, 11-2, in non-league baseball action today at the Class of ’53 Baseball Complex. " />
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Eight-Run Sixth Drives Rutgers Past Iona, 11-2
Bionde (Two-Run Double) and Frazier (Three-Run Home Run) Deliver Key Hits
  • Posted on April 22, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Holding a 3-2 lead, Rutgers exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning to roll past Iona, 11-2, in non-league baseball action today at the Class of ’53 Baseball Complex. Freshman Mike Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ) delivered a two-run double and Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) capped the inning with a mammoth, three-run home run to back the pitching effort of Aaron Kalb (Middletown, NJ), who allowed just four hits and two runs in 7.0 innings, striking out a career-high 11 hitters. Kalb’s 11 strikeouts were the most for a Rutgers pitcher since Bobby Brownlie fanned 11 Seton Hall batters on May 11, 2001 in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament With the win, RU’s fifth in a row, the team improves to 17-14 overall. Iona is 11-17.

    Rutgers scored a single run in the first when Graig Badger (Union, NJ) walked to open the inning, moved to second on a single to left by Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) and scored on a one-out single by Vinny Esposito (Middletown, NJ). The Gaels, however, tied it in the top of the second, stringing together a single and two-out double.

    Rutgers plated two more in the third, to take a 3-1 lead, when Grose reached on an infield error and scored on a scorched double down the left-field line by Frazier. A groundout to first from Esposito moved Frazier along to third base and he promptly scored on a crisp single to center from Matt Wolski (Hamilton, NJ).

    Kalb, meanwhile, was rolling through the middle innings. He allowed just a single in the third, striking out two hitters and then struck out two more in the fourth and fifth innings to hold the 3-1 advantage. After recording back-to-back strikeouts to open the sixth, running his string to six of the previous eight hitters (including four in a row), Mike Fortner drove a fastball over the fence in centerfield and suddenly, the Gaels were back in the game at 3-2, but they weren’t in striking distance for very long.

    A ground-rule double to left-center by Steve Normane (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) got things moving to open the sixth. He scored when the next hitter, Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ), sliced a single down the line in right. Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) then attempted to sacrifice Gaynor into scoring position, but an errant throw allowed Defendis to reach base. Bionde then smacked a double into the right-center gap, plating Gaynor and Defendis for a 6-2 lead.

    Badger followed with a bunt single that rolled to a stop along the third-base line, putting runners at the corners. After a pitching change, Grose kept the onslaught going with a single to center, scoring Bionde, before Frazier unloaded for a without-doubt home run down the left field line, scoring three more runs. Esposito followed with a walk, the eighth-straight batter to reach base, and Wolski singled sharply to right field, extending the string to nine. With runners at the corners, Normane hit into a force play, driving in Esposito, before the scoring came to an end.

    Kalb worked a 1-2-3 seventh, picking up his 11th strikeout, before Erik Dial (Basking Ridge, NJ) and OJ DeChristofano (Pequannock, NJ) closed out the game with a scoreless inning of relief. Frazier (3-for-4, 4 RBI) led the 14-hit attack.

    Rutgers will return to action on Thursday, when it hosts Pace at 3:30 p.m. Sophomore Tom Malafronte (Somerville, NJ) will start on the mound.

                                  ** 2003 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                        Iona at Rutgers
                        4/22/03 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of '53 Complex)
    
      Iona 2 (11-17)                                Rutgers 11 (17-14)
    
      Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
      ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
      Sorhaindo cf...............  4  0  0  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  4  2  1  0
      Kump dh....................  3  0  0  0       GROSE, Jeff lf.............  4  2  2  1
       Taylor ph.................  0  0  0  0        SHADE, Leon ph/lf.........  1  0  0  0
      Garcia ss..................  4  0  1  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  4  2  3  4
      Fortner rf.................  4  1  1  1        ROSARIO, Jamell rf........  1  0  0  0
      Motte c....................  4  1  1  0       ESPOSITO, Vinny 3b.........  3  1  1  1
      Peronne 1b.................  3  0  0  0        RODRIGUEZ, Cory ph/3b.....  1  0  1  0
       Bucci 1b..................  1  0  0  0       WOLSKI, Matt dh............  4  0  1  1
      Michitsch 3b...............  3  0  1  1        HOOK, Steve ph/dh.........  0  0  0  0
       Callahan 3b...............  1  0  1  0       NORMANE, Steve 1b..........  5  1  2  1
      Potocki 2b.................  3  0  0  0       GAYNOR, Colin c............  4  1  2  1
      Sallustio lf...............  3  0  1  0        MOSKOWITZ, Lee c..........  1  0  0  0
      Kramer p...................  0  0  0  0       DEFENDIS, Johnny cf........  3  1  0  0
       Lopez p...................  0  0  0  0       BIONDE, Mike ss............  3  1  1  2
       Sullivan p................  0  0  0  0        GROVER, Jason ph/ss.......  1  0  0  0
       Prevete p.................  0  0  0  0       KALB, Aaron p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                     DIAL, Erik p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                     DECHRISTOFANO, OJ p.......  0  0  0  0
      Totals..................... 33  2  6  2       Totals..................... 39 11 14 11
    
      Score by Innings                    R  H  E
      -------------------------------------------
      Iona................ 010 001 000 -  2  6  5
      Rutgers............. 102 008 00X - 11 14  0
      -------------------------------------------
    
      E - Motte; Peronne; Potocki; Kramer 2. DP - Iona 2. LOB - Iona 6; Rutgers 8. 2B -
      Michitsch(3); FRAZIER(10); NORMANE(8); BIONDE(1). HR - Fortner(4); FRAZIER(3). HBP -
      HOOK. SH - DEFENDIS. SB - BADGER(20).
    
      Iona                           IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Kramer  L,1-2..............   5.0 11  8  6  1  3   1  0  0  0   26 28   5  5
      Lopez .....................   1.0  2  3  3  1  0   1  0  0  0    6  7   2  1
      Sullivan ..................   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    3  3   1  2
      Prevete ...................   1.0  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0    4  5   2  1
    
      Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      KALB, Aaron  W,2-1.........   7.0  4  2  2  1 11   0  0  0  0   25 26   3  7
      DIAL, Erik ................   1.0  1  0  0  1  0   1  0  0  0    4  5   2  1
      DECHRISTOFANO, OJ .........   1.0  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    4  4   2  1
    
      WP - Kramer; Lopez; DIAL. HB - Prevete.
    
      Strikeouts - Sorhaindo; Kump 3; Garcia; Fortner; Motte; Peronne 2; Michitsch;
      Sallustio; ESPOSITO; DEFENDIS; BIONDE. Walks - Taylor; Potocki; BADGER; ESPOSITO.
    
      Umpires -
      Start: 3:00   Time: 5:20   Attendance: 72
      Game: IONA
    
      Kramer faced 5 batters in the 6th.
    
    
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