PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 7, 2013) – Heading south once again, Rutgers baseball will travel to face William & Mary in a three-game set this weekend at Pulmeri Park, starting Friday. It will be the second time in three weeks that the Scarlet Knights will compete in the state of Virginia.
Rutgers (2-7) is the midst of 24 straight true road games to start the season, the most of any Division I team in the nation.
The Scarlet Knights ran into a hot Georgia Tech team last weekend and will look to shake off a three-game losing streak. Sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) continues to lead the team with a .364 average on 12 hits, while senior catcher Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) has a .448 slugging percentage. Melillo and senior outfielder Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) have both reached base in all nine games this season.
Head coach Fred Hill will go with the same pitching rotation for the for the third-straight weekend. Senior Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.) has been the most effective out of the bullpen so far, allowing just one earned run in 7.2 innings of work. The right-hander tossed four scoreless relief innings against the potent Georgia Tech lineup Sunday. The RU staff has allowed the second-least walks amongst BIG EAST teams (23) through three weeks of action.
SCOUTING WILLIAM & MARY
William & Mary (8-4) enters the weekend having won seven of its last eight games. Most recently the Tribe defeated Liberty, 5-3, in a midweek road game by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first. The team has played to a 6-1 record at home so far this season, including a four-game sweep of Penn last weekend.
Head coach Jamie Pinzino is in his first season at the helm of the program after serving as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator previously.
Rutgers traveled to William & Mary every year from 2004-07 to start the season, with RU winning eight of the 11 meetings. The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series, 12-4.
Current pitching coach Casey Gaynor made his collegiate debut on the mound in the middle game of the 2007 series, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief.
Rutgers will head back to Virginia to start its spring break trip. The team will take on Richmond in a three-game series before a two-game midweek set versus VCU. The trip will end with the BIG EAST opening series at Louisville.