PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 3, 2011) – Junior Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.) pitched a complete-game gem and senior Michael Lang (Dumont, N.J.) collected two of RU’s four hits, scoring both runs to lead the Rutgers baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Temple Tuesday afternoon at Bainton Field.
Fasano (1-0) retired the first 13 batters of the game to take a perfect game into the fifth inning before surrendering his first hit in the frame. He struck out a career-high 10 batters without a walk and allowed just one run on four hits to earn the complete-game victory. Fasano, in his first season with the Scarlet Knights after transferring from Rockland County Community College prior to the season, quieted the Owls all afternoon with just one extra-base hit surrendered in the nine-inning outing.
Rutgers jumped on the board in the first as Lang singled to left field, moved over to third on a Nick Favatella (Washington Twp., N.J.) single through the right side and scored on a D.J. Anderson (Randolph, N.J.) groundout to third base. The Scarlet Knights (16-25) tried to push a second run across in the frame as Favatella took off for third on a passed ball and tried to race home on the play but was tagged out at the plate.
After surrendering his first hit in the fifth, Fasano responded with a 1-2-3 sixth frame to post his sixth scoreless inning in the contest.
The Scarlet Knight hurler ran into some trouble in the seventh after Temple (21-21) loaded the bases without recording an out on a Byron McKoy double, a hit batsman and a Ryan Ferguson single. After pitcher/designated hitter Steve Nikorak grounded into a force at home, the Owls pushed across their lone run of the contest on a wild pitch. Fasano responded again with a pair of strikeouts to prevent any further damage in the frame.
Lang took Temple reliever Jimmy Devine’s second pitch of the eighth inning down the right-field line for a leadoff triple and, three batters later, Russ Hopkins (Piscataway, N.J.) delivered a ball to deep right field to bring Lang home for the game-winning score on the sacrifice fly.
Fasano finished off his complete-game effort with a scoreless ninth, punctuating the win with a game-ending strikeout.
Devine (3-2) took the loss for Temple with the run allowed in his two innings of relief. Nikorak scattered three hits and allowed a run in six innings of work in the start for the Owls.
With two hits on the day, Lang moved past former RU standout and current Oakland Athletics outfielder David DeJesus (1998-2000) and into sole possession of ninth place on the school’s all-time hits list with 213 for his career. His two runs in the contest moved him ahead of former RU standout Graig Badger (2001-04) and into sole possession of sixth place on the career runs list with 172.
Rutgers continues its eight-game homestand with a 1 p.m. contest against Iona Wednesday at 1 p.m.