PISCATAWAY, N.J. – After playing 12-straight road games, and 18-of-19 away to start the season, Rutgers baseball will return to the friendly confines of Bainton Field to host Rider Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Scarlet Knights have played nine games against a ranked opponent and currently own the No. 7 strength of schedule nationally according to Boyd’s World and No. 18 by Warren Nolan.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on the radio at 88.7-FM and online. GameTracker will be available at ScarletKnights.com.
|Rutgers (6-13) vs. Rider (6-10) - Bainton Field|
|Game 20||March 21 - 3 p.m. ET|
|Probable Pitching Matchup||Rutgers - RHP Christian Campbell (2-0, 3.18 ERA)
Rider - RHP John Yocum (0-2, 8.10 ERA)
|Coverage||GameTracker | WRSU 88.7-FM|
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The Scarlet Knights are coming off an 11-day, eight-game spring break trip to the state of Florida that ended with three losses at No. 21 Florida Gulf Coast. RU did take a 4-0 lead in the middle contest before the Eagles rallied back. For the trip, senior Mike Carter led the team by hitting 12-for-31 with a .429 on-base percentage, while junior Chris Folinusz compiled a .560 slugging percentage. Senior Tom Marcinczyk added 10 hits.
Carter paces the team at the plate with a .378/.447/.486 slash line, recently having a 20-game on-base streak. He also leads the team with 13 RBIs and six doubles. Both Marcinczyk and sophomore Jawuan Harris connected for home runs last weekend to up each’s season total to four. Harris has a team-best .522 slugging percentage with 10 stolen bases.
Senior Christian Campbell is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday. The right-hander won in his last appearance March 12 at North Florida, allowing three earned runs over five innings. He also defeated Wagner in the Feb. 28 home opener by permitting just two runs over a career-high seven innings, striking out four and walking none.
Fifth-year senior Max Herrmann, senior Ryan Fleming and freshman Eric Reardon all are tied for the staff high at eight appearances so far this season. Herrmann has two saves in 2017 and has pitched in 72 games in his career, which ranks tied for seventh most in program history.
Rutgers is 49-20 under head coach Joe Litterio at Bainton Field (since 2014) … RU is 34-8 in games scoring at least six runs since 2015 and 5-0 this year … nine different players have made their RU debut so far this season … Rutgers has 31 two-out RBIs … the team has scored most in the fourth inning with 17 runs plated … the Scarlet Knights have scored first in a game 10 times this season.
A member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Broncs suffered a three-game sweep at Radford most recently. The team did take 2-of-3 in a series at Georgia the weekend before that. Lee Lipinski leads the lineup with a .371 batting average, while Tyler Kaiser has a team-high 10 RBIs. Right-hander John Yocum is projected to start on the mound. He went 5.2 innings in his last start at Campbell with seven earned runs allowed.
Barry Davis is in his 13th season as head coach. Click here for more on Rider baseball.
The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series, 41-26, dating back to 1961. The home team has won the last eight matchups, including five of those taken by RU at Bainton Field. The Broncs won last year, 3-2, at Sonny Pittaro Field.
Big Ten play starts across the league, but Rutgers has its conference bye the opening weekend and will travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina, for a three-game series beginning Friday at USC Upstate.
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