PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 11, 2013) – Sitting in third place in the BIG EAST standings, Rutgers baseball will welcome Cincinnati to Bainton Field to start a three-game series Saturday. The Scarlet Knights are one game behind Louisville and USF for the top spot in the conference.
RVision, presented by AT&T, will broadcast the last game of the series live on Sunday, weather permitting, with Danny Breslauer and Jason Goldstein on the call. WRSU will have the call at 88.7 FM and online for the Saturday and Sunday contests.
Game 30: Saturday, April 13
First Pitch: 12 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: LHP Rob Smorol (3-2, 2.88)
Cincinnati Starter: RHP Connor Walsh (1-1, 4.89)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Game 32: Sunday, April 14
First Pitch: 1 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: RHP Charlie Law (2-3, 6.12)
Cincinnati Starter: RHP Christian McElroy (2-3, 4.67)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Radio: WRSU 88.7FM
The Scarlet Knights (14-15, 6-3 BIG EAST) will look to bounce back after dropping three of their last four games, but still are just one game off the pace in the BIG EAST standings. Sophomore Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) is sixth in the conference with a .419 batting average in league games to lead the Scarlet Knights offensively, while junior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) is 10th with a .450 on base percentage. The team has picked up 16 stolen bases over the last 10 games after collecting 12 in the first 19.
RU will stay with the same rotation for the ninth straight weekend on the mound, as the group has accounted for 57 percent of the team’s innings pitched this season. Senior Rob Smorol (Clark, N.J.) has 181 career strikeouts and enters his 38th start (tied for third all-time) start needing three more to move into third in school history. Classmate Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.) has the third-most innings pitched as a Scarlet Knight (274.2) – one more than Smorol – and is ninth with 147 punchouts. Both veteran pitchers have matched their career highs in strikeouts in prior starts against Cincinnati. Sunday starter Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) earned his first career win over the Bearcats in 2009 as a freshman. Smorol, Gebler and Law have worked to a 2.80 ERA over a combined 60 innings in nine BIG EAST starts this season.
The Bearcats (12-19, 1-8 BIG EAST) enter the weekend in last place in the standings after suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of Louisville last weekend. UC rebounded to defeat Xavier, 7-6, on a late two-run double by Devin Wenzel to break a 5-5 tie Tuesday before dropping a 19-16 slugfest Wednesday against Wright State in the finals of the Joe Nuxhall Classic. Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Justin Glass leads the bats with 46 hits and a .348 batting average, while Wenzel has popped three homers. The pitching staff will throw two new weekend starters at the Scarlet Knights, as Christian McElroy pitched seven innings in the Sunday game last year.
Head coach Brian Cleary is in his 17th season at the helm of the program.
Rutgers and Cincinnati first met in 2006, with the Scarlet Knights winning 14 of the 19 matchups. Last season, RU swept UC at Marge Schott Stadium by the combined total of 21-4. The Bearcats salvaged the finale of the last series at Bainton Field in 2011 after the Scarlet Knights took the first two.
Rutgers will travel to take on Lafayette Tuesday before returning home to play Monmouth Wednesday. The next BIG EAST series is at Pittsburgh.