PRINCETON, N.J. – The Rutgers baseball team collected 13 hits, including home runs by sophomore Tom Edwards (Caldwell, N.J.) and junior All-American Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.), and sophomore Jon McCue (Hillside, N.J.) struck out six over 7.2 innings as the Scarlet Knights beat Princeton, 12-4, Wednesday afternoon at Clarke Field.
The victory, Rutgers' fifth straight, improves the Scarlet Knights to 12-10, while Princeton falls to 4-11.
Rutgers jumped on the board in the first inning when Frazier led off the game with an infield single, stole second and third and scored on a Ryan Hill (Hillsdale, N.J.) sacrifice fly to center field.
The Tigers countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Sal Iacono hit a two-out RBI double to left field.
In the third, RU plated a run in nearly identical fashion to its first-inning score when Frazier found the gap in left-center field for a leadoff double and was sacrificed over to third by Mike Bionde (Pompton Plains, N.J.) before Hill, once again, brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center.
Rutgers greeted new Princeton hurler Stephen Richter with three runs in the fifth to balloon its lead to 5-1. Bionde got things started, hitting a ball back up the middle for a single. Two outs later, Tim Querns' (Cherry Hill, N.J.) hit a line drive to left field that was mishandled, allowing both runners to move into scoring position. A wild pitch brought home Bionde for the first run before Edwards hit his second blast in the last three games to score the final two runs of the frame.
Princeton brought a run home in the bottom-half of the fifth and the two teams traded runs in the sixth with Frazier hitting his third home run in as many games and team-leading 10th of the season for the Scarlet Knights to make it 6-3 in favor of RU.
Doubles by Donny Callahan (Sparta, N.J.), Dave Williams (Franklin, N.J.) and Querns, coupled with a Princeton throwing error, scored four more runs in the eighth to open a 10-3 lead for the Scarlet Knights.
Princeton got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the eighth with a two-out RBI double by Adrian Turnham.
However, the Scarlet Knights tacked on two final runs in the ninth when Jarred Jimenez (Monroe, N.J.), who made his collegiate debut yesterday, drilled a ball back up the middle with the bases loaded for a two-run single.
McCue worked 7.2 innings to get the win in his first career start, allowing four runs on nine hits to go along with his six strikeouts. Freshman Kevin Lillis (Fair haven, N.J.) worked 1.1 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief to finish it off for RU.
Princeton's Jon Broscious took the loss after letting up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in four innings.
Frazier fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle with a 3-for-4 performance in the contest. He scored four runs to give him 154 for his career and pass Eric Young (1987-88) and Adam Neubart (1996-98) and move into eighth place on the Rutgers career runs list.
Rutgers will head to Queens, N.Y. this weekend for a three-game series with St. John's, beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m.