STORRS, CT – After winning the opener, 5-3, to extend its winning streak to 13 games, the Rutgers baseball team suffered a 10-7, game two loss, splitting a doubleheader with UConn today at J.O. Christian Field. In the opener, Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) won his seventh-straight game and improved to 6-0 in the BIG EAST with another strong outing, but in the nightcap, a costly fielding error ended RU’s bid for a 14th-straight win." />
Welcome to ScarletKnights.com
    • iPad/iPhone App
    • Find us on Facebook
    • Twitter
    • RSS Feed
    • Get Text Alerts
Rutgers Baseball Splits with Connecticut
RU’S 13-GAME WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END IN 10-7, GAME TWO LOSS
  • Posted on May 03, 2003 12:00:00 AM
  • Increase Font SizeDecrease Font Size
  • RSS Feed
  • Subscribe
  • STORRS, CT – After winning the opener, 5-3, to extend its winning streak to 13 games, the Rutgers baseball team suffered a 10-7, game two loss, splitting a doubleheader with UConn today at J.O. Christian Field. In the opener, Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) won his seventh-straight game and improved to 6-0 in the BIG EAST with another strong outing, but in the nightcap, a costly fielding error ended RU’s bid for a 14th-straight win. With the split, Rutgers is now 25-15 overall and 14-4 in BIG EAST play.

    With the opening game tied at 1-1, Rutgers pushed across two more runs in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead, using aggressive base-running to score the runs. Vinny Esposito (Middletown, NJ) began the inning with a walk and moved to second on a groundout by Matt Wolski (Hamilton, NJ). UC starter Nick Tucci then walked Steve Normane (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) intentionally to set up a double play, but that strategy was negated when Tucci’s first pitch to Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ) squirted away from catcher Mike Leonard and Esposito hustled ahead of the throw to third. Cerulo then drove a fly ball to right, scoring Esposito with the first run of the inning and sending Normane to third.

    A walk to Alberto Vasquez (Jersey City, NJ), the third free pass of the inning, put runners at the corners. Rutgers then executed a double-steal, as Vasquez slid safely into second and Normane crossed home without a throw for a 3-1 lead. Mike Bionde (Pompton Plains, NJ) singled to left two pitches later, plating Vasquez with yet another run.

    The Huskies came right back in the bottom of the inning, as Dan Trubia tripled to right-center to open the inning and, with one out, scored on a safety-squeeze single by Tony Mallozzi to cut the lead to 4-2. A walk and an infield error loaded the bases with one out, ending Egbert’s afternoon. Senior lefty Sean Atchison (Florham Park, NJ) entered the game and induced a shallow popup to left for the second out and blew three fastballs past Leonard for an inning-ending strikeout.

    Rutgers continued its manufacturing ways in the top of the seventh, when Graig Badger (Union, NJ) led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on an infield groundout and scored on a single to right-center by Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) to increase RU’s lead to 5-2. UConn added a meaningless run in the seventh to finish off the scoring.

    Egbert (7-3) won his seventh-straight game, working 5.1 innings. He allowed four hits and two runs, walking one and striking out seven. He also retired the first nine hitters of the game before allowing single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Atchison earned his second save, allowing one run in 1.2 innings. Bionde and Frazier had two hits apiece.

    Rutgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in the nightcap, as Badger reached on a walk and scored on a triple down the right-field line by Wolski. Frazier then plated Wolski with a double to right-center and, two batters later, Frazier scored on a double down the right-field line from Cerulo.

    UConn used a pair of two-out hits to score a run in the third, but Rutgers added another in the top of the fourth to reestablish its three-run lead. Johnny Defendis (Staten Island, NY) lined a one-out single to left, moved to third on an errant pick-off throw to first and scored on an RBI groundout by Vasquez. The Huskies then cut the lead to one, 4-3, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, capped by an RBI double from Russ D’Argento.

    Rutgers continued the see-saw affair in the fifth, adding another run to take a 5-3 lead. Wolski doubled to right-center with one out and Frazier followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Esposito then drove a mile-high fly ball to right, and Wolski slid home safely on a close play at the plate. Rutgers tacked on another in the sixth when Defendis singled sharply to right and scored on a double to left-center by Vasquez, giving Rutgers its third, three-run lead of the game.

    The game was quickly knotted at 6-6 in the sixth, when UConn scored three runs on a crucial, two-out error. With the bases loaded after a pair of singles and a walk, Peter Soteropoulos singled to right field. The ball then short-hopped Frazier, who was charging on the play, and skipped under his glove all the way to the fence, allowing three runs to score. RU reliever Bobby Acampora (Ocean Twp., NJ) uncorked a wild pitch to give the Huskies a 7-6 lead and a single to center by Mike Mocerino added another run.

    Rutgers scored a once in the eighth when Esposito tripled to left-center, to cut the lead to 8-7, but the Huskies added two more in the bottom of the inning before Mike James closed it in the ninth for this 10th save of the season.

    Parker (2-2) suffered the loss, working 5.2 innings and allowing seven runs. Wolski was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple, while Frazier and Defendis added two apiece.

    The two teams will finish this series with a single game tomorrow at 12:00 noon.

                                  ** 2003 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                        Rutgers at UConn
                        May 03, 2003 at Storrs, CT (JO Christian Field)
    
      Rutgers 5 (25-14,14-3 BIG EAST)               UConn 3 (14-3,7-13 BIG EAST)
    
      Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
      ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
      BADGER, Graig 2b...........  3  1  1  0       D'Argento cf...............  4  1  1  0
      GROSE, Jeff lf.............  4  0  0  1       Mallozzi lf................  2  0  1  1
      FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  3  0  2  1       Soteropoulos 1b............  2  0  1  1
      ESPOSITO, Vinny 3b.........  2  1  1  0       Burnham ss.................  3  0  0  0
      WOLSKI, Matt dh............  4  0  0  0       Maler rf...................  3  0  0  0
      NORMANE, Steve 1b..........  1  1  0  0       Leonard c..................  3  0  0  0
      CERULO, Nick cf............  1  0  0  1       Mocerino 2b................  3  1  1  0
      VASQUEZ, Alberto c.........  2  1  0  0       Richetti dh................  2  0  0  0
      BIONDE, Mike ss............  3  1  2  1        Tokarz ph.................  1  0  0  0
      EGBERT, Jack p.............  0  0  0  0       Trubia 3b..................  3  1  1  0
       ATCHISON, Sean p..........  0  0  0  0       Tucci p....................  0  0  0  0
      Totals..................... 23  5  6  4       Totals..................... 26  3  5  2
    
      Score by Innings                  R  H  E
      -----------------------------------------
      Rutgers............. 001 003 1 -  5  6  1
      UConn............... 000 101 1 -  3  5  0
      -----------------------------------------
    
      E - ESPOSITO. DP - Rutgers 1; UConn 1. LOB - Rutgers 6; UConn 4. 3B - Mocerino;
      Trubia. HBP - ESPOSITO. SH - BADGER; Mallozzi. SF - CERULO. SB - BADGER(26);
      NORMANE(3); VASQUEZ(4). CS - BIONDE.
    
      Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      EGBERT, Jack  W,7-3........   5.1  4  2  2  1  7   0  0  0  0   20 22   4  4
      ATCHISON, Sean  S,2........   1.2  1  1  1  0  3   1  0  0  0    6  6   2  0
    
      UConn                          IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Tucci  L,3-6...............   7.0  6  5  5  6  4   1  0  1  1   23 32   5 10
    
      WP - ATCHISON; Tucci. HB - Tucci.
    
      Strikeouts - BADGER; WOLSKI 2; NORMANE; Mallozzi; Soteropoulos; Maler; Leonard 2;
      Mocerino; Richetti; Tokarz; Trubia 2. Walks - FRAZIER; ESPOSITO; NORMANE 2; CERULO;
      VASQUEZ; Soteropoulos.
    
      Umpires -
      Start: 12:00 pm   Time: 1:49   Attendance: 250
      Game: UCONN-1
                                    ** 2003 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                        Rutgers at UConn
                        May 03, 2003 at Storrs, CT (JO Christian Field)
    
      Rutgers 7 (25-15,14-4 BIG EAST)               UConn 10 (22-21,8-13 BIG EAST)
    
      Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
      ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
      BADGER, Graig 2b...........  2  1  0  0       D'Argento cf...............  5  2  3  1
      WOLSKI, Matt dh............  4  2  3  1       Mallozzi lf................  1  0  0  0
      FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  4  0  2  1        Balisciano ph.............  1  0  0  0
      ESPOSITO, Vinny 3b.........  2  1  1  1        Dempsey rf................  1  1  0  0
      NORMANE, Steve 1b..........  4  1  0  0       Soteropoulos 1b............  4  1  2  3
      CERULO, Nick cf............  4  0  1  2       Burnham ss.................  3  2  1  0
      DEFENDIS, Johnny lf........  4  2  2  0       Mocerino 2b................  5  1  2  1
      VASQUEZ, Alberto c.........  4  0  1  2       Maler rf/lf................  3  1  0  0
      BIONDE, Mike ss............  3  0  0  0       Trubia 3b..................  3  1  2  2
       RODRIGUEZ, Cory ph........  1  0  0  0       Harris dh..................  2  0  0  0
      PARKER, Shaun p............  0  0  0  0        Leonard ph................  1  0  0  0
       ACOMPORA, Bobby p.........  0  0  0  0        Richetti ph...............  2  0  0  0
       DECHRISTOFANO, OJ p.......  0  0  0  0       Stefkovich c...............  4  1  1  0
       LILLIS, Chris p...........  0  0  0  0       Norton p...................  0  0  0  0
                                                     Barton p..................  0  0  0  0
                                                     James p...................  0  0  0  0
      Totals..................... 32  7 10  7       Totals..................... 35 10 11  7
    
      Score by Innings                    R  H  E
      -------------------------------------------
      Rutgers............. 300 111 010 -  7 10  2
      UConn............... 001 205 02X - 10 11  2
      -------------------------------------------
    
      E - BADGER; FRAZIER; Burnham; Norton. DP - UConn 4. LOB - Rutgers 4; UConn 10. 2B -
      WOLSKI; FRAZIER; CERULO; VASQUEZ; D'Argento; Burnham. 3B - WOLSKI; ESPOSITO. HBP -
      BADGER 2; Burnham; Maler. SH - Mallozzi. SF - ESPOSITO. SB - Burnham; Maler. CS -
      BADGER.
    
      Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      PARKER, Shaun  L,2-2.......   5.2  8  7  7  4  5   4  0  0  0   25 30   3  9
      ACOMPORA, Bobby ...........   0.0  1  1  1  1  0   1  0  1  0    1  3   0  0
      DECHRISTOFANO, OJ .........   1.2  1  1  1  0  1   0  0  1  0    6  7   4  0
      LILLIS, Chris .............   0.2  1  1  1  1  1   0  0  0  1    3  4   0  1
    
      UConn                          IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Norton ....................   5.1  9  6  5  2  2   0  0  1  0   22 26   4  8
      Barton  W,4-1..............   1.2  1  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0    4  5   1  2
      James  S,10................   2.0  0  0  0  0  2   0  0  1  0    6  7   1  2
    
      WP - PARKER 4; ACOMPORA. HB - ACOMPORA; DECHRISTOFNO; Norton; James.
    
      Strikeouts - NORMANE; CERULO; VASQUEZ; BIONDE; Mallozzi; Soteropoulos; Mocerino 2;
      Harris; Leonard; Richetti. Walks - BADGER; WOLSKI; ESPOSITO; Dempsey; Soteropoulos;
      Burnham; Maler; Trubia 2.
    
      Umpires -
      Start: 2:22 pm   Time: 2:55   Attendance: 250
      Game: UCONN-2
    
      ACOMPORA faced 3 batters in the 6th.
      Barton faced 1 batter in the 8th.
    
    
    Next Game
    3:30 PM vs. WAGNER
        Live Stats
     
    RutgersShop.com
    Rutgers Auctions
    Bank of America
    AT&T Text Alerts
    Fan I Am
    New Jersey Audi Dealers
    Join the Jr. Knights Club
    Join the Jr. Knights Club Dance Team



    • Acme Nissan








    • Somerset Medical Center

    • Rutgers Center of Management Development
    • NJ National Guard


    • Rutgers Barbershop

    • University Pain Medicine Center

    BIG EAST Conference