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Carter Leads Baseball to 7-1 Win
Freshman picks up career-best four hits against Lafayette
  • Posted on April 16, 2014 7:22:23 PM
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    Win-Fleming (2-0) • Loss-Kaufman (0-4) • Save-Lasky (1) • T-2:32 • A-109 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 16, 2014) – Behind four hits from freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and two effective outings on the mound, Rutgers baseball defeated Lafayette, 7-1, Wednesday in action at Bainton Field. It was the sixth consecutive non-conference game for the Scarlet Knights.

    On the hill, freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) (2-0) earned his second-straight victory with five innings pitched. The left-hander surrendered only two hits and struck out a season-best six batters. Senior Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) worked a career-long four frames to earn his first collegiate save, scattering two hits and not walking a batter in the outing.

    Carter broke through with three singles and a triple in his first four-hit games from the leadoff spot in the order. He also scored twice, drove in a pair and stole a base. Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) each collected two hits, while senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) reached three times on walks.

    Rutgers (15-18) scored in the first inning for the 12th time this season to take an early 1-0 lead. Carter singled to start and moved up to second on a one-out walk drawn by O'Grady. After Carter advanced to third on a fly out, he came in on a Lafayette passed ball.

    The Leopards (10-19) took advantage of strikeout wild pitch to eventually tie the game in the fourth, but RU scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead. Freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) reached via a fielder's choice and moved around to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Classmate Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) then stepped up and lifted a sacrifice fly to retake the lead, 2-1.

    Following a shutout inning from Fleming, the Scarlet Knights padded their margin with three runs in the fifth. Sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to start the rally and immediately came home on a triple to left-center by Carter. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) next lofted a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1. The frame continued when O'Grady walked and stole second, as D'Annunzio came through with a two-out RBI single up the middle to grow the advantage to four.

    RU added a pair of insurance runs to put the game away in the eighth. With two outs, Sweeney laced his seventh double of the season and junior Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) drew a walk. Carter then connected for an RBI single for his fourth hit of the day, bringing home Sweeney. Favatella capped the scoring with a single up the middle, recording his second RBI to plate Zavala.

    Lasky hurled a perfect ninth inning to close out the third win in four games for Rutgers. Ari Kaufman (0-4) took the loss for the visitors despite the run he allowed being unearned.

    RU will return to conference play Thursday to open a three-game series versus Cincinnati at Bainton Field. WRSU will have the call.

    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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