CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 29, 2012) – Senior Ryan Fasano (Stony Point, N.Y.) recorded his eighth quality start of the season to help Rutgers University baseball finish off a sweep of the University of Cincinnati, 5-2, on Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. It was the second BIG EAST sweep of the season for RU and third overall.
Rutgers (26-17, 11-7 BIG EAST) has won 12 of its last 15 games, while Cincinnati fell to 12-32 and 2-16 in the BIG EAST.
Fasano (5-3) worked seven strong innings, allowing just two earned runs and six hits to gather his third-straight win. The right-hander struck out four and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.
Junior Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) crushed his 10th home run of the season and sophomore Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) recorded two doubles to lead the 12-hit offensive attack. Juniors Bill Hoermann (Toms River, N.J.) and Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) and sophomore Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) also recorded two-hit games.
After each pitcher combined to toss four scoreless innings to start, Rutgers broke through with three runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, O’Grady doubled to left-center and moved up to third on a wild pitch. Favatella then hit a groundball to first and beat it out for an RBI single to give the Scarlet Knights the lead. Following a groundout, Kivlehan stepped to the plate and hit a majestic shot that cleared the wall in left-center for his second homer of the series, a two-run blast.
Cincinnati responded in the bottom of the inning with Nic Spence connecting for a two-run home run to right field to cut the score to 3-2.
Fasano ran into some trouble in the seventh with two runners on base and only one out. However, he induced a popout to Kivlehan for the second out and escaped the jam when Favatella jumped up and snared a liner that was headed to right-center for the final out.
Rutgers added two insurance runs in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead late in the game. Law led off with a ringing double down the left field line and was pinch run for with sophomore Evan Pimentel (Jersey City, N.J.). Classmate Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) then attempted to bunt unsuccessfully, but ended up hitting a single with two strikes to put runners on the corners. After a pitching change, Hoermann bounced into a fielder’s choice to shortstop to bring home Pimentel. After freshman Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) singled, sophomore Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) roped a hit to centerfield bring home Hoermann.
Junior Dan O’Neill (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) pitched the final two innings to earn his third save of the season.
Christian McElroy (2-4) suffered a tough loss for Cincinnati, working seven effective innings on the mound.
The Scarlet Knights next return to Bainton Field for a five-game homestand, beginning with a midweek contest against Hofstra on Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Pat Biserta (18) and Michael Lang (12) were the last Scarlet Knights to reach double-digit home runs in the 2010 season … RU allowed just four runs in the series … the Scarlet Knights are now 6-2 when wearing scarlet hats … the game was played on a sunny afternoon.
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