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Baseball Routs USF at American Championship, 10-0
Scarlet Knights score eight runs in third inning
  • Posted on May 21, 2014 11:08:47 PM
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  • Brey allowed only two hits in a seven-inning complete game effort.
    Ben Solomon

    Win-Brey (6-3) • Loss-Mulholland (4-3) • Save-None • T-2:00 • A-1,286 • Bright House Field

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 21, 2014) – Rutgers baseball scored eight runs in the third inning and sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) pitched seven shutout innings on the way to a 10-0 win over USF Wednesday in the American Championship at Bright House Field. The game ended in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule.

    Rutgers (30-23) improved to 1-0 in pool play and earned its 30th win of the season. The Scarlet Knights have now won 12 of their last 13 games.


    Pounding out 15 hits in six offensive innings, junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) led the way by going 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Senior Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) provided pop with a home run and double, while freshmen Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.) each had two hits in their first collegiate postseason game. Sophomore R.J. Devish (Beachwood, N.J.) reached base three times on two singles and a hit by pitch from the nine spot in the order.

    On the mound, Brey (6-3) tossed his third complete game with no runs allowed over seven innings. The left-hander surrendered just two singles and struck out four in the 83-pitch outing. In two starts versus USF this season, he permitted just one run over 16 innings.

    Rutgers scored first for the 31st this season with a run in first inning. Carter beat out an infield single to start and moved up on an error. Following a double play, Zarrillo connected for an infield RBI single up the middle to put RU up early.

    Then after Brey worked his first perfect frame of the game, the Scarlet Knights exploded for eight runs on nine hits in the bottom of the third with 13 batters coming to the plate. It all started when O’Grady lifted a solo home run over the wall in right field – his fifth of the year – to double the advantage to 2-0. Zarrillo and senior Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) followed that with a pair of singles to put two on for senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.), who hit an RBI single through the right side. Marcinczyk then ripped another RBI single through the right side, with Campbell walking to force a pitching change with bases loaded.

    Devish greeted the reliever with a two-run single to right field to make it 6-0. Carter kept it going with another single to right, making him the eighth consecutive batter to reach. The seventh run of the rally crossed on a sacrifice fly by senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), as O’Grady stepped up next to cap the outburst by lacing an RBI double for his second extra-base hit of the frame. The eight runs on nine hits were the most by Rutgers in an inning this season.

    Brey settled in with the big lead and retired 13 consecutive batters during one stretch to work deep into the game.

    Rutgers scored its 10th run in the fifth inning to make the contest eligible for the mercy rule. Devish singled and moved up on an error with no outs. After a fielder’s choice and strikeout put him at third, Zarrillo stroked a two-out, two-strike single up the middle to drive in the last run of the game.

    In the seventh, O’Grady started a double play from first and Sweeney fielded a grounder at shortstop to seal the win. Rutgers has now won five straight over USF (26-30), including the last two by the 10-run rule. Casey Mulholland (4-3) suffered the loss for the Bulls.

    The Scarlet Knights will take their bye day on Thursday before returning to action Friday at 11 a.m. against No. 8 Memphis. RU took the series last weekend over the Tigers.

    It was the second shutout for Rutgers in the last three games after having none this season prior … the last time the Scarlet Knights held an opponent to two hits or less was May 16, 2008 at Louisville … the team has won three of its last four at Bright House Field … RU is now 28-5 when holding the opponent to five runs or less and 22-3 when limiting to four runs or less … the Scarlet Knights improved to 18-6 when scoring in the first inning … the previous best of seven runs in an inning came at Jacksonville and in the home opener versus Hofstra … the offense raised the team batting average by four points to .286 … it was the 26th time Rutgers had at least 10 hits in a game … O’Grady’s homer was the first in the tournament and first for a Rutgers player in a conference tournament since Steve Nyisztor on May 29, 2010 versus UConn … the staff has now held an opponent to five or less hits 12 times this year, being 11-1 in those contests … the last time RU won by 10 or more in a shutout was April 21, 2012 at UConn … Brey now has complete games of seven, eight and nine innings … it was the first postseason win for Joe Litterio as the Rutgers head coach … the game-time temperature was 78 degrees.

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