PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 29, 2013) – Wrapping up a stretch of seven straight non-conference games, Rutgers baseball will travel to Hofstra and host Delaware in its final midweek games on the schedule. The Tuesday and Wednesday contests will begin at 3 p.m.
Game 44: Wednesday, May 1
First Pitch: 3 p.m.
Rutgers Starter: RHP Pat O’Leary (1-0, 7.80)
Delaware Starter: RHP Dan Gatto (3-2, 3.75)
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The Scarlet Knights (20-22, 8-7 BIG EAST) most recently dropped three games at the TD Ameritrade Classic at the site of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The pitching staff allowed just nine earned runs on the weekend, but the team could not get the bats going to overcome. All three games were decided by three runs or less.
Junior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) has hit .375 over his last 10 games, recently snapping a 13-game hitting streak. The second baseman has started the last 129 games and has reached base safely in the last 14 contests.
Sophomore Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) will make his second start of the season against Hofstra after pitching 6.2 effective innings for a win last week at Delaware. On Wednesday, senior Pat O’Leary (Sparta, N.J.) is scheduled to pitch the rematch versus Delaware. He picked up a no-decision in a six-inning start against the Blue Hens last year.
The Pride (22-21, 8-10 CAA) did not play over the weekend and most recently defeated Molloy, 9-1, last Thursday. Led by Matt Reistetter at .358, the team is hitting .269 as a unit. Kenny Jackson has popped six home runs. On the mound, John Tiedemann will make his seventh start of the year, as Brett Schreiber has notched six saves. Hofstra defeated RU 7-0 at Bainton Field last year and is led by head coach John Russo.
The Blue Hens (27-16, 12-9 CAA) will be looking to revenge after dropping a 4-2 game to the Scarlet Knights last Tuesday. Most recently, UD lost a series at home against Old Dominion and sit fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association standings. The offense continues to be a strength of the team with a .323 batting average, as Jimmy Yezzo is among the nation’s leaders at .448. Young and senior Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.) were able to hold Yezzo to a 1-for-5 game last week. Dan Gatto will start for the second time versus RU, permitting three earned runs over 6.2 frames last week. The program is led by 13th-year head coach Jim Sherman.
Rutgers will return exclusively to BIG EAST play to host Connecticut in an important three-game series at Bainton Field. The set will start Friday at 3 p.m.