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Baseball Drops Middle Game to Memphis, 5-1
Scarlet Knights move to 1-1 in pool play
  • Posted on May 23, 2014 2:47:47 PM
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  • Nick Favatella reached base all four trips to the plate against Memphis.
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    Win-Reed (8-3) • Loss-Baxter (5-8) • Save-None • T-2:18 • Bright House Field


    CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 23, 2014) – Rutgers baseball dropped the middle game of its pool play at the American Championships to Memphis, 5-1, Friday at Bright House Field. The Scarlet Knights are now 1-1 in the tournament with one more game remaining in pool action.

    RU is still alive to make Sunday's championship game following other results in the pool. In order to do so, the team will need to beat Louisville Saturday and have USF defeat Memphis later on to create a tie between the Bulls and Scarlet Knights. Rutgers owns that tiebreaker due to a 10-0 win on Wednesday.

    Against the Tigers, Rutgers had seven hits with senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) and freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) each having a pair. Favatella also reached on two walks to make it on all four times in his 199th consecutive start.

    On the mound, freshman Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) pitched five innings of relief without an earned run allowed. The left-hander gave up four hits, three of which were in the infield. Classmate Colin Bohnert (West Caldwell, N.J.) additionally worked one frame out of the bullpen without a run permitted to his record.

    Rutgers (30-24) scored first for the 32nd time this season with a run in the first. Favatella hit his 16th double of the season with one out and came in a two-out RBI single through the right side by junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J). It was the fifth consecutive hit for Zarrillo to start the tournament.

    However, Memphis (29-29) responded with three runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead. Following a leadoff homer by Keaton Aldridge to tie it up, a single and a walk put two on. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, with a sacrifice fly and two-out single bringing in two to make it 3-1.

    The game would stay that way through the middle innings. RU put the leadoff runner on base in each of the last four frames, but double plays in the sixth and seventh quelled potential rallies. The Tigers added two unearned insurance runs in the eighth on a throwing error to home with the bases loaded.

    Jon Reed (8-3) pitched a complete game to earn the win for Memphis. He allowed seven hits and three walks, also striking out six in the 124-pitch outing. RU redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter (Waterford, N.J.) (5-8) snapped a personal four-start winning streak with the loss.

    The Scarlet Knights will next play Louisville Saturday at 3 p.m. Freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) is projected to make the start on the mound.

    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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