PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 7, 2013) – Rutgers baseball attempted to rally late, but fell short in a 5-3 defeat to Seton Hall in the rubber game of the series Sunday at Bainton Field. The Scarlet Knights drop to 14-14 and 6-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Pirates improve to 15-14 and 5-4. It was the first series win for SHU over RU since 2009.
Down 5-0 in the eighth, Rutgers broke through against Seton Hall starter Greg Terhune for its first hit of the game. Senior Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) walked to leadoff and moved up second with one down. Next, classmate Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) connected for a base hit to left to plate Melillo and break up the bid for a no-hitter. However, Brian Gilbert entered the game out of the bullpen and retired a pair of pinch hitters to quell the rally.
In the ninth, O’Grady walked with two outs and came around on a triple by sophomore Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.). The relay throw ended up in the dugout to allow Zarrillo to score on the play and cut the deficit to two. Melillo then stepped up and lined a ball towards the right side, but second baseman Mike Genovese leaped up and snared it to end the game.
Terhune (2-2) earned the win for the Pirates, throwing 85 pitches and permitting a single and two walks over 7.1 innings. The left-hander sat down 13 straight batters during one stretch in the middle innings. Gilbert worked the rest of the game to preserve the win.
Despite being effective early, Law (2-3) suffered the loss with four earned runs allowed over six-plus innings. He had won his two previous BIG EAST starts. Freshman Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) was sharp out of the bullpen, pitching 2.2 scoreless frames with three strikeouts to keep RU within striking distance.
Both Terhune and Law locked into a pitcher’s duel until SHU scored a pair in the fifth. John Beaubien singled to start and moved up on a sacrifice bunt, scoring on a two-out single by Zach Granite. Granite came in two batters later from second on a 3-2 pitch that went to backstop for a wild pitch.
Seton Hall extended the lead to 5-0 with five hits and three runs in the seventh. Rutgers tried to stage a comeback, but the deficit proved too steep.
RU will next travel to Fordham for a midweek game Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Bronx, N.Y., before coming back home to host Cincinnati in its next BIG EAST series.