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Baseball Sweeps Temple
Scarlet Knights record 17 hits in 9-6 win
  • Posted on May 04, 2014 6:03:53 PM
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  • R.J. Devish had his first career three-hit game in the series finale against Temple.
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    Win-Baxter (3-7) • Loss-Mathews (0-7) • Save-None • T-2:45 • A-233 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 4, 2014) – Behind 17 hits and a lengthy start on the mound, Rutgers baseball completed its second home sweep of the season with a 9-6 victory over Temple Sunday at Bainton Field. The Scarlet Knights took the opener, 5-4, in 14 innings Friday and won 4-3 Saturday.

    After the game, the team gathered behind the dugout and shaved their heads to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and the Vs. Cancer Foundation. The program has raised $8,920 to date for the cause.

    Redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) (3-7) pitched a career-long seven innings to provide Rutgers (23-22, 9-8) with length. The right-hander scattered nine hits and five runs, but kept the team in the game. Freshman Colin Bohnert (West Caldwell, N.J.) tossed the last two innings with only one run allowed to close out the sweep.

    Offensively, RU tied its season-high with 17 hits on the day. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) and sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) led the way with three apiece, while freshman Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) each had two. Carter led all players in the game with three RBIs.

    Temple (12-27, 7-11) took its first lead of the series with three runs on four hits in the top of the first. Rutgers answered back with three runs in the bottom of the second. Junior Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) led off the rally with a single to shortstop and stole second. Clemente then immediately knocked him in with an RBI single through the right side. Following a pair of groundouts, Clemente stood at second and came home on a two-out single to left-center by Carter. He swiped second and scored on single down the right field line by Favatella.

    The Owls retook the advantage in the fourth with a pair of runs. The inning featured an RBI triple by Frank D’Agostino and sacrifice fly by Daniel Dragos.

    However, that lead would be short-lived as the Scarlet Knights put up another three-spot in its half of the fourth. Freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) singled to start to bring up Devish. The catcher hit an infield single to third that was thrown away and the ball was bobbled for another error to allow Campbell to come all the way around and put Devish at third. Carter next connected for an RBI groundout to even the score. Following another groundout, O’Grady and junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) registered back-to-back doubles to put RU up, 6-5.

    In the fifth, Clemente singled with one out and Devish singled with two outs to put two on. Carter then drove a line-drive single to left to extend the lead to 7-5.

    More insurance was added with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Clemente hit his first triple of the season with no outs and scored on a wild pitch. Devish then doubled and advanced to third with one out, with Favatella coming through his second RBI of the game on a two-out single to left field.

    Bohnert prevented a late rally from Temple by retiring the side in order in the ninth.

    Simon Mathews (0-7) suffered the loss in relief for the Owls, while Robert Amaro led the offense by going 3-for-3 with three runs, a home run and two stolen bases.

    Rutgers will continue its eight-game homestand Tuesday against St. Peter’s. First pitch from Bainton Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    NOTES
    Rutgers stole five bases and went 12-for-13 in the series … it was only the second game RU won this season when giving up more than five runs (8-6, March 9 at Oklahoma) … a freshman pitcher has started 34 games this season and freshmen have accounted for 70 percent of innings pitched (273.1) … Favatella has started the last 190 games dating back to his freshman season, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … he now has 237 career hits, four short of tying Todd Frazier for third in program history … O’Grady has reached base safely in each of the last 18 games … Zarrillo has drawn seven walks over the last four games … the team now has 20 triples this season, tied for fifth-most in a single season in school history … the game-time temperature was 61 degrees.  

    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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