PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 1, 2013) – Rutgers baseball fell 4-2 in the return game of a home-and-home midweek series with Delaware Wednesday at Bainton Field. The Scarlet Knights prevailed 4-2 over the Blue Hens last Tuesday at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Dan Gatto (4-2) earned the win for UD (28-16) after pitching a complete game with three strikeouts on 124 pitches. Senior Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) collected two hits and walked to lead the RU (20-24) offense, but the unit could only manufacture five hits for the game.
Senior Sam Hasty (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (0-1) pitched a career-long 2.2 innings of relief with no earned runs allowed, but suffered the hard-luck loss. His earned run average remains at 0.00 in three appearances this season.
The Blue Hens took advantage of eight walks in the first 4.1 innings to score two runs on double plays with the bases loaded. However, the Scarlet Knights tied the score in the sixth. Junior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to leadoff and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Tietz (West Milford, N.J.), scoring on a booming RBI triple to dead centerfield by junior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.). Next, senior Steve Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) hit a grounder to first that allowed Favatella to score for a RBI to make it 2-2.
The game did not stay tied for long, as Delaware plated a run on an error with two outs and another on a successful first-and-third play with the runners in motion. Both go-ahead tallies were unearned in the scorebook.
Zavala tried to make it a one-run game in the eighth, but UD right fielder Nick Ferdinand reached over the wall and robbed what would have been a solo home run. Gatto worked a perfect ninth to seal the win for the visitors.
Rutgers will return to BIG EAST play Friday, hosting Connecticut at 3 p.m. to start a three-game series at Bainton Field. The Scarlet Knights are fifth in the conference standings at 8-7.