PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 28, 2012) – Junior Bill Hoermann (Toms River, N.J.) and senior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) each homered to lead Rutgers University baseball to a 13-8 win over Wagner College on Wednesday at Bainton Field. It was the fifth victory in six games for the Scarlet Knights and the highest scoring output of the season.
Hoermann recorded a career-high four hits in the game, while Kivlehan continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. The third baseman has connected for at least two hits in the last seven games and has a nine game hitting streak overall. Sophomore Ross Costello (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) also had a multiple-hit game to go with three RBIs, as RU had three innings with at least three runs scored.
Sophomore Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) earned his third win of the season (3-0) with two innings of work out of the bullpen.
The Scarlet Knights (12-10) scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Kivlehan to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) and classmate Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) each walked to start the inning, advancing into scoring position on a fly out by junior Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.). Kivlehan then knocked in O’Grady for his eighth RBI of the season.
After Wagner (9-15) tied the score on a two-out single by Bill Murphy in the top of the fifth, the Scarlet Knights responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
O’Grady walked and Favatella singled to start it off, moving up to second and third on a Melillo sacrifice bunt. Kivlehan then hit one in the hole between the shortstop and the third baseman to score O’Grady. Following a fly out, Costello hit a two-run double to left field to drive in both Favatella and Kivlehan. Hoermann capped the rally with his first career long ball, a two-run shot that drifted over the wall in left to give RU a 6-1 lead through five.
The Seahawks added a run in the sixth, but Rutgers put up another crooked number in the bottom of the inning. Favatella hit a sacrifice fly to bring in sophomore Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.), who walked to leadoff the frame. Two batters later, Kivlehan hit a towering blast to the parking lot beyond the left field fence for his third homer of the season, giving him two more RBIs.
Wagner rallied for three runs to cut the deficit to 9-5 in the eighth, but once again, the Scarlet Knights retaliated with a four-spot to take a commanding 13-5 advantage. Sophomore Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) doubled to right to start, scoring when Costello drew a walk with the bases loaded. Freshman Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) also had a two-run pinch-hit single and Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly to wrap up the scoring for the Scarlet Knights.
Senior Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.) started the game, working four efficient innings, but exited early to prepare for a weekend start. Senior Willie Beard (Spotswood, N.J.) and junior Joe Esposito (Metuchen, N.J.) worked the last three innings to preserve the victory.
Nick Pavia (1-2) took the loss for Wagner, while Eddie Brown had three hits and two steals to ignite the visitor’s offense.
Rutgers heads back on the road to face Georgetown in a three-game BIG EAST series, starting Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m.
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