PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Senior pitcher Steve Healing (Brick, N.J.) hurled a complete-game shutout to lead the Rutgers baseball team to a 7-0 victory over Notre Dame in game two of a doubleheader which saw junior Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.) break the school single-season and career home run record in a game-one 15-3 loss to the Irish Saturday afternoon at Bainton Field..
With the split, Rutgers improved to 13-4 in the BIG EAST and 25-15 overall, while Notre Dame moved to 7-9 in the conference and 23-19 overall.
Healing, who has come back from a pair of Tommy John surgeries in his Scarlet Knight career, continued his impressive year with his second complete-game shutout in BIG EAST play (also achieved the feat against Georgetown). He surrendered just seven hits in the game without allowing an extra-base hit all contest. Healing, who has issued just 10 walks in 69 innings this season, walked none on Saturday and struck out two to improve to 6-3 on the season. The Scarlet Knight retired eight straight batters at one point in the contest. His only real trouble came in the third with runners on second and third and one out but the senior induced a pair of pop outs to end the inning unscathed. Healing out-dueled his counterpart Kyle Weiland (4-1) of Notre Dame, who gave up four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings as the Scarlet Knights handed him his first loss of the season.
Rutgers provided run support early for Healing with a run in the second inning. Junior Jon Gossard (Harrington Park, N.J.) found a whole in between first and second for a leadoff single in the frame, then was sacrificed over by Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and scored on a Frank Meade (Linden, N.J.) double to left-center field.
Rutgers built a 4-0 advantage with three runs in the fifth. Senior Mike Bionde (Pompton Plains, N.J.) drew a one-out walk to get it started and Ryan Hill (Hillsdale, N.J.) followed with an infield single to set up Dave Williams' (Franklin, N.J.) RBI single to right field. A double steal moved both Hill and Williams into scoring position where Weiland dealt a wild pitch to plate Hill and move Williams over to third. Gossard drove home the third run of the inning with a double down the left-field line for the four-run lead.
The Scarlet Knights added to their lead with two runs in the seventh on an RBI triple to deep center field off the bat of Hill and an RBI single up the middle from Williams. RU tacked on a seventh run in the eighth inning on a ground-rule double to right-center field from Hill to score Frazier (hit by pitch).
The victory earned the Scarlet Knights a split in the doubleheader after RU dropped a 15-3 decision in the series opener. With a 3-0 lead in the fourth, Notre Dame blew the game open with six runs in the frame and added three each in the eighth and ninth en route to the victory. Irish starter David Phelps (7-3) earned the win with seven strikeouts and three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work, while Matt Giannini (Millington, N.J.) (3-4) took the loss with five earned runs (seven total) on six hits and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Rutgers got all three of its runs on a solo home run from Meade in the fifth and a two-run shot from Frazier in the seventh.
Frazier's historic blast over the left-center field fence was his 15th of the season and 35th of his career, breaking both the single-season record (held by Meade in 2006) and the career record (held by his older brother Jeff from 2002-04).
Williams led Rutgers with five hits in the doubleheader while Gossard collected four hits on the day.
Rutgers and Notre Dame will wrap up the series with a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday at Bainton Field. Freshman righty Casey Gaynor (Toms River, N.J.) will be on the mound for the Scarlet Knights against senior righty Dan Kapala for the Irish.