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Baseball Prepares for Two Midweek Contests
Shuttle to become first RU freshman since 2010 to start a game on the mound
  • Posted on April 15, 2013 5:42:16 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 15, 2013) – After winning a home series against Cincinnati over the weekend, Rutgers baseball will compete in two midweek games before jumping back to BIG EAST action. The Scarlet Knights will travel to Lafayette Tuesday before returning home to face Monmouth at Bainton Field Wednesday. Both contests will start at 3:30 p.m.

    RVision, presented by AT&T, will broadcast the Monmouth game live (weather permitting), with Danny Breslauer and Jason Goldstein on the call. WRSU will have the Wednesday call at 88.7 FM and online as well at wrsu.rutgers.edu.

    Game 33: Tuesday, April 16
    First Pitch: 3:30 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: RHP Reed Shuttle (0-0, 6.43)
    Lafayette Starter: RHP Alex Farina (0-6, 9.09)
    Live Stats: GameTracker

    Game 34: Wednesday, April 17
    First Pitch: 3:30 p.m.
    Rutgers Starter: RHP Pat O’Leary (1-0, 5.59)
    Monmouth Starter: LHP Anthony Ciavarella (1-1, 7.71)
    Webcast: RVision
    Live Stats: GameTracker
    Radio: WRSU 88.7FM

    The Scarlet Knights (16-16, 8-4 BIG EAST) most recently took two games from conference opponent Cincinnati to improve to 8-4 in the BIG EAST. RU is now halfway through its conference slate and sits two games in the loss column off the leaders, Louisville and USF. Junior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) collected five hits in the series against the Bearcats and increased his consecutive games started streak to 119, the longest amongst BIG EAST teams and 16th-best nationally. Also continuing to hit well at the plate, senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) had five RBIs to bring his total to a team-best 26 on the year. He is batting .500 (18-for-36) with runners in scoring position.

    On the mound, freshman Reed Shuttle (Lansdale, Pa.) is scheduled to make his first collegiate start against Lafayette. He will be the first RU freshman to start a game since current senior Jerry Elsing (Montville, N.J.) began against Connecticut on May 29, 2010 at the BIG EAST Championships. Shuttle has pitched five games out of the bullpen this season, with the longest stint being three innings at Rider. Senior Pat O’Leary (Sparta, N.J.) will make the start Wednesday, having pitched 6.2 innings last year with only three hits and one run allowed in a win at Monmouth.

    The Leopards (6-30, 3-9 Patriot League) enter the week on a seven-game losing streak, having been swept in a four-game series at home against Army over the weekend. Kevin Casey leads the offense with a .314 batting average, while Parker Hills has totaled 21 RBIs. Joe Kinney is in his 14th season as head coach. Lafayette plays their home games at Kamine Stadium.

    The Hawks (20-13, 12-4 NEC) are currently second in the Northeast Conference standings and most recently won three-of-four at home against Wagner. Owen Stewart is among the nation’s leaders with a .425 batting average, as the team is hitting .288 as a group. Left-hander Anthony Ciavarella will be making his fourth start of the season on the mound, with the team playing a Tuesday game at Rider prior to traveling to Bainton Field. Dean Ehehalt is in his 20th season at the helm of the program and is the winningest coach in NEC history.

    RU defeated both Lafayette (8-3) and Monmouth (8-1) last season in back-to-back days. RU leads the series against LU, 63-27, with the Scarlet Knights taking the last meeting at Kamine Stadium, 14-7, on April 22, 2009. Rutgers also leads the MU series, 25-7.

    Rutgers will travel west to take on nationally-ranked Pittsburgh in a three-game road BIG EAST series starting Friday.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding baseball, follow the program on Twitter @baseballRU.

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