PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sophomore pitcher Jon McCue (Hillside, N.J.) allowed just one run with six strikeouts in six innings and senior Mike Bionde (Pompton Plains, N.J.) and sophomore Tom Edwards (Caldwell, N.J.) provided the run support with three RBI apiece as Rutgers cruised to a 10-3 victory over Iona Wednesday afternoon at Bainton Field.
McCue improved to 4-0 with his six-inning performance that included five shutout frames and one earned run on just four hits and no walks. He retired eight in a row at one point, spanning the third through sixth innings.
After leaving the bases loaded without a run in the first, the Scarlet Knights (21-14) jumped on the board with five runs in the second against the Gaels (9-21). With runners on the corners, junior Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.) drove in RU's first run, drilling a ball to deep center field for a ground-rule double. Bionde then delivered a ball through the right side to bring home two more runs. Later in the inning, Edwards lined a ball to center field for an RBI single and junior Jon Gossard (Harrington Park, N.J.) found a hole in the left side for an RBI single to give Rutgers the 5-0 lead.
Junior Frank Meade (Linden, N.J.) led off the third with a single to left field, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout where Bionde drove him home with a bouncer to the shortstop for a single.
The Scarlet Knights built an 8-0 lead with two runs in the fourth. Gossard followed an Edwards leadoff walk with a ball to deep center field that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. With runners on second and third, senior Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, N.J.) plated Edwards on a sacrifice fly to left field and, one batter later, Donny Callahan (Sparta, N.J.) hit a two-out single to right field to score Gossard.
After two quick outs by newly-inserted Iona hurler Nick Capowski in the fifth, senior Dave Williams (Franklin, N.J.) drew a walk and Edwards followed with a two-run home run – his fourth of the season – over the right field fence to cap the scoring for Rutgers.
Iona got on the board in the sixth when Joe Lorenzo hit a ball that snuck just inside the left-field line for an RBI single to make it 10-1. Following a 1-2-3 seventh for RU reliever Tim Woodhull (West Windsor, N.J.), the Gaels pushed across two runs in the eighth off new Scarlet Knight reliever Kyle Bradley (Howell, N.J.). Senior O.J. DeChrisofano (Pequannock, N.J.) came in to end the frame with two quick outs and freshman Dennis Hill (Hillsdale, N.J.) finished it off with a scoreless ninth that included strikeouts.
Iona's Dylan McCullough was saddled with the loss with right runs on 1o hits in four innings of work. He did not record a strikeout while walking five.
Frazier collected his 201st hit in the contest to tie him with current Rutgers assistant coach Glen Gardner(1986-88) for 10th place on the school's career hit list. He also drew his 109th career walk to move into a tie with Mike Higgins (1990-93) for sixth place all-time.
Rutgers travels to Tampa, Fla. on Thursday to open a three-game BIG EAST series at South Florida beginning with a 6:00 p.m. game on Friday, April 20.