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Baseball Runs Past Buffalo in Extra Innings, 6-3
O’Grady connects for go-ahead triple in 10th inning
  • Posted on March 14, 2014 5:43:29 PM
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  • Brian O'Grady hit a go-ahead triple in the 10th inning.
    Will Schneekloth
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    Win-Herrmann (2-0) • Loss-Folk (0-1) • Save-Young (4) • T-2:40 •  A-76


    RICHMOND, Va. (March 14, 2014) – Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) connected for a two-run triple in the top of the 10th inning to lift Rutgers baseball to a 6-3 win over Buffalo in the opener of the PK5 Classic at The Diamond Friday. It was the third straight win for the Scarlet Knights.

    After RU (6-8) had not recorded a hit since the second inning, senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) collected a single to lead off the top of the 10th to start the winning rally. Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him into scoring position, as senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) next reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners with one out. O’Grady stepped up and crushed a ball over the head of the centerfielder for a two-run triple to put RU out in front. Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) padded the lead with an RBI single to make it 6-3.

    Junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) next entered in the bottom of the inning and sealed the win with a perfect inning of work, earning his fourth save this season. Redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) (2-0) picked up the win with three scoreless innings of relief. He escaped two jams unscathed, including preventing Buffalo from scoring after putting a runner at third with one out in the eighth.

    Sweeney led Rutgers offensively by reaching base in all four trips to the plate, recording two singles, a walk and a hit by pitch. He walked in his last two appearances in the series finale at Oklahoma and went 4-for-4 in a midweek game at Hofstra to make it 10 consecutive times reaching base. The hot streak has raised his average to .390 and on-base percentage to .444.

    On the mound, redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) worked through early command issues to record a quality start. The right-hander struck out nine over six innings, giving up three runs, three walks and three hits. Driscoll, Herrmann and Young allowed just five hits combined in the game and no runs after the first.

    RU jumped out early with two runs in the top of the first. Carter walked on four pitches to start the game and moved up to second when O’Grady was hit by a pitch. Zarrillo then attacked the first pitch of his at bat, connecting for an RBI single. The trail runners moved up on the play, with junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) following with a sacrifice fly to plate O’Grady. It was the sixth time this season RU scored in the first inning.

    The Bulls (7-4) also scored in the first, using three walks, two hit by pitches and single to plate three. In the second, O’Grady drew a walk with the bases loaded and two outs to even the game.

    No other runs would score until the top of the 10th, where the Scarlet Knights rallied for three runs. UB threatened in both the eighth and ninth, but Herrmann stranded runners in scoring position to give RU a chance to win in extra innings. Cory Folk (0-1) suffered the loss for the Bulls.

    Rutgers will continue in the PK5 Classic Saturday with a 11 a.m. game against Lafayette at The Diamond.

    NOTES
    It was the third game in a row RU has played at The Diamond that went to extra innings, as the team played two extended contests at VCU last season ... Favatella has started the last 159 games, the seventh-longest active streak in the nation ... RU is now 5-1 this season when not committing an error ... it was the first meeting between the Rutgers and Buffalo in baseball ... the game started an eight-game spring break road trip for the Scarlet Knights ... RU recorded six hits in the game, snapping a streak of five-straight with at least 11 knocks ... the game-time temperature was 60 degrees.

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