Rutgers Baseball Falls To No. 4 Georgia Tech, 5-0, In Series Opener
Scarlet Knights and Yellow Jackets Continue Series Tomorrow at 1 p.m.
ATLANTA, Ga. (March 5, 2010) – The Rutgers baseball team dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 4 Georgia Tech in the series opener Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
The Scarlet Knights (1-6) were shutout for the first time since the 2008 season as heralded Georgia Tech ace Deck McGuire struck out nine in eight innings of scoreless ball for the Yellow Jackets (8-1). He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced in the contest.
The Scarlet Knights threatened in the first after leadoff hitter Michael Lang (Dumont, N.J.) took the second pitch of the game to the gap in left-center field for a double and RU later got a single from Jaren Matthews (Teaneck, N.J.) to eventually put runners on second and third with two outs in the frame. However, McGuire induced a fly out to escape the inning without surrendering a run.
The Yellow Jackets plated three runs in the bottom half of the first to open the early advantage. A single and a hit batsman set the table for an RBI single from Tony Plagman to bring in the first score. A walk then loaded the bases before Senior Casey Gaynor (Toms River, N.J.), making his school-record tying 40th start, posted his first strikeout of the contest. He was called for a balk while dealing to the next batter, which brought a second run home and GT got a third score on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
The Scarlet Knights put their first two runners on in the second but a double play halted RU’s momentum and the lead runner was stranded at third after an inning-ending strikeout.
Both pitchers settled down and made quick work during the middle innings. Gaynor retired seven of nine batters at one point in rebounding from the first inning with five scoreless frames. He gave up a leadoff home run to Jeff Rowland in the seventh and, following a walk, was relieved by freshman Dan O’Neill (Garfield, N.J.).
An RBI double from Jacob Esch in the eighth made it 5-0.
McGuire’s (2-0) stellar performance earned him the win, while Gaynor (0-3), despite a six-inning outing with three strikeouts suffered the loss.
Gaynor’s six innings of work moved him into fifth place on the Rutgers career innings list with 236.1 for his career.
RU was last shutout on April 26, 2008 when the Scarlet Knights loss at Seton Hall, 4-0.
Rutgers and Georgia Tech will continue the series with a 1 p.m. game tomorrow as lefty Dennis Hill (Hillsdale, N.J.) takes the mound for the Scarlet Knights against righty Brandon Cumpton for the Yellow Jackets.