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Clemente Delivers Walk-Off Single
Scarlet Knights win opener over Hartford, 4-3
  • Posted on April 11, 2014 4:15:57 PM
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    Win-Herrmann (3-0) • Loss-Gouin (1-2) • Save-None • T-2:10 • A-67 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 11, 2014) – Senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) delivered a two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Rutgers baseball to a 4-3 win in the series opener versus Hartford Friday at Bainton Field. It was the first walk-off victory for the Scarlet Knights since April 13, 2012 against West Virginia.

    The game-winning rally started with a first-pitch single to center field by freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middletown, N.J.), who was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.). Then after a wild pitch moved Marcinczyk to third, senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) was drilled by a pitch to put runners at the corners with one out. Head coach Joe Litterio next decided to send Clemente to the plate as a pinch hitter, as Sweeney stole second uncontested during the at bat to put the winning run in scoring position. Clemente stepped up and laced a ball down the first base line to bring home the decisive scores.

    It was the first win for Rutgers (13-17) this season when trailing after seven innings. The team is now 12-3 when limiting the opponent to five runs or less and 9-1 when holding to four or less.

    Redshirt freshman Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) (3-0) picked up the win for the Scarlet Knights with two innings of relief. Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) took a no-decision after working seven innings with only five hits and two runs allowed, striking out four.

    Alex Gouin (1-2) took the loss for the Hawks (17-12), having come into the game with only one run surrendered over 17.2 innings this year. Three other Hartford pitchers combined to permit one earned run over the first eight innings.

    Freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.), who matched Marcinczyk with two hits in the game, gave Rutgers a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI double. Sweeney singled to start the frame and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.).

    However, Hartford responded with a two-out, two-run double in the fourth by David MacKinnon to take a 2-1 advantage. The visitor lead grew to 3-1 on another RBI double by MacKinnon in the eighth.

    The Scarlet Knights scored one run back in the bottom of the eighth when senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) reached second on a throwing error and came around on a two-out RBI single by junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.). After Herrmann tossed a perfect top of the ninth, RU rallied in the last half to walk away with a win.

    Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bainton Field.

    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 and Tumblr.

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