PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 5, 2013) – Rutgers baseball started a BIG EAST series against Seton Hall in disappointing fashion Friday, falling 15-1 at Bainton Field to end a five-game winning streak. Game two of the set is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. on RVision.
Veteran right-hander Jon Prosinski (4-2) pitched a complete game for the Pirates (14-13, 4-3 BIG EAST) with seven strikeouts to earn the win. It was his third victory over RU in the last two seasons.
Seton Hall jumped out to a lead and never looked back on the way to 20 hits in the game. Four different players collected three hits in the offensive attack, with the 15 runs being the most allowed by RU (13-13, 5-2 BIG EAST) this season.
Scoring an unearned run in the second to go up 1-0, SHU added two in both the fourth and fifth to take a commanding 5-0 advantage. Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) then connected for a triple in the bottom of the fifth and scored on an RBI two-out single by senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) to cut into the lead.
However, Seton Hall responded with eight combined runs in the sixth and seventh to pull away.
Senior Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) (3-2) suffered his first loss in five weeks for Rutgers, allowing four earned runs and 10 hits over 4.2 innings. Freshman Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) and senior Sam Hasty (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both made scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.
With senior Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.) on the mound, the Scarlet Knights will look to rebound in the second game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. RU dropped the opener to SHU last season before taking the next two to win the set.