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Baseball Tops Saint Peter’s, 7-5
Favatella hits 12th career home run
  • Posted on May 06, 2014 5:50:26 PM
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  • Senior Nick Favatella led the Scarlet Knights by going 3-for-4 with three runs and a home run
    Will Schneekloth
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    Win-Fleming (3-0) • Loss-Soriano (0-1) • Save-Young (9) • T-2:29 • A-173 • Bainton Field


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 6, 2014) – Rutgers baseball recovered from an early deficit to extend its winning streak to five on a 7-5 victory over Saint Peter’s Tuesday at Bainton Field. Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights by going 3-for-4 with three runs and a home run in the final midweek game on the schedule.

    The win improves RU to two games over .500 for the first time this season at 24-22, as it is the second five-game winning streak for the team this season. Rutgers is now 16-4 at home.

    Favatella continued his hot hitting with three hits for the second consecutive game. He now has 240 career hits, one short of tying Todd Frazier for third in school history. Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) also contributed two hits and a walk, while junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) walked twice, doubled and stole two bases.

    On the mound, freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) (3-0) struck out five over six innings for his third win this season. The left-hander scattered seven hits and walked one in the 93-pitch outing. Senior Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.) worked two scoreless innings in setup relief, with junior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) earning his ninth save with a perfect ninth inning.

    The Peacocks (11-34) jumped ahead 3-0 in the first on home runs by Chris Hugg and Jim Smith. However, RU responded with two quickly to get right back in the game. Favatella started the rally with a double down the left field line and immediately scored on a RBI single by O’Grady. Following a caught stealing, Zarrillo walked and stole second with senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) at the plate. The shortstop came through with a two-out RBI single through the left side.

    RU tied it with one in the bottom of the second. Freshman Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) hit his fourth triple of the season to the right field corner, coming home on a double to left by classmate Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.).

    Then in the third, senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) knocked in Sweeney on two-out RBI single to right to put the Scarlet Knights ahead for the first time in the game. That lead was short-lived, though, as Saint Peter’s scored one in the fourth and another in the fifth to go up, 5-4.

    The lead quickly swung back to Rutgers in the bottom of the fifth. Favatella and O’Grady both singled to put runners at the corners, as Favatella ran in on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, O’Grady stood and third and Clemente at first with two outs. Clemente took off early and induced rundown to allow O’Grady to steal home, with Clemente making second on a throwing error.

    Favatella added an insurance run with a leadoff homer to left field in the seventh. It was his third long ball of the season and 12th of his career.

    From there, Lasky and Young closed out the game with effective relief pitching to close out the win for the Scarlet Knights.

    Kevin Soriano (0-1) suffered the loss for the visitors with two runs allowed in 3.1 innings of relief. The Peacocks collected seven hits as a team in the game.

    Rutgers will continue its eight-game homestand and return to conference play Friday to start a series with USF. First pitch from Bainton Field is set for 3 p.m.

    NOTES
    Favatella has started the last 191 games dating back to his freshman season, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … O’Grady has reached base safely in each of the last 19 games … Zarrillo has drawn nine walks over the last five games … the pitching staff now has 15 saves as a unit this season, tying last year’s team for the school record … Young's nine saves are tied for the second-most in a season in program history, three behind the leader ... the team now has 21 triples this season, tied for fourth-most in a single season in school history … RU finishes its non-conference schedule at 15-14 … the game-time temperature was 66 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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