DeLAND, Fla. (March 18, 2012) – Junior Rob Corsi (Oceanport, N.J.) pitched the first complete game shutout for Rutgers baseball since 2007 to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 7-0 win in the series finale at No. 14 Stetson University. Offensively, RU kept the pressure on all afternoon by getting the leadoff batter on base safely in all nine innings, racking up 17 hits total. It was the first win over a ranked team for the program since defeating No. 18 Connecticut, 8-3, on April 29, 2011.
Corsi kept the Hatters (15-4) off balance throughout, working quickly without allowing a walk until the ninth. The left-hander surrendered seven hits on the day to go with four strikeouts, 11 groundouts and nine flyouts in 105 pitches to improve his record to 3-2.
Three Scarlet Knights recorded three hits in the game, including sophomore Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.), who reached base safely in all five plate appearances from the leadoff spot in the order. Sophomore Ross Costello (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) notched three RBIs to go with his three hits, while senior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) scored twice and picked up his sixth successful stolen base without being caught this season.
Rutgers (8-9) scored first in the third inning, finally breaking through against SU starter Will Dorsey after having four hits in the first two innings without a run. O’Grady started the third by reaching on an error off a strikeout and moved to second when sophomore Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) laid down his first of two sacrifice bunts in the game. One batter later, junior Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) broke the ice with an RBI single right center, scoring O’Grady as an unearned run. The rally continued when Kivlehan singled and Costello knocked in both him and Melillo with two outs with his third double of the season. Junior Jarrett Schack (Nutley, N.J.), making his first appearance of the year with a start at first base, singled Costello home for the fourth run of the frame.
As Corsi continued to shut Stetson down, the Scarlet Knights tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Schack brought in Melillo on a fielder’s choice and one batter later sophomore Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) perfectly executed a squeeze play to score Kivlehan to grow the lead to 6-0.
The final margin was set in the sixth when Melillo hit an RBI single to score O’Grady after he has led off with a single and stole second. Costello added a hit in the inning and leads the team with a .424 batting average, .500 on base percentage and .667 slugging percentage this season.
Corsi allowed the first two hitters in the ninth to reach via a walk and a single, but he induced his third double play of the game and got the final batter to fly out to left field to seal the win. He is the first Rutgers pitcher to hurl a complete game shutout since Jon McCue achieved the feat on May 9, 2007 in a 8-0 win versus Monmouth. RU last shut a team out on March 17, 2010 at Florida Atlantic, with four pitchers getting in on the action.
Dorsey (2-2) took the loss for Stetson in three innings of work, even though none of his four runs allowed were earned.
The Scarlet Knights completed their 10-day, eight-game road trip at 5-3 and will return home to open Bainton Field for the season on Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. against Rider.
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