BRONX, N.Y. – Senior Luis Feliz (New Brunswick, N.J.) drove in three runs and scored another, while junior Kyle Bradley (Howell, N.J.) struck out five in 5.2 innings and got scoreless relief outings from Dennis Hill (Hillsdale, N.J.) and Jason Downey (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) as the Rutgers baseball team cruised to a 7-2 victory over Fordham at Houlihan Park in Bronx, N.Y.
Rutgers improved to 14-19 with the win, while Fordham fell to 12-20 with the loss.
Rutgers surged out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. Fordham pitcher Daniel Munday issued a walk to Jayson Hernandez (Belmar, N.J.) and hit Jarred Jimenez (Monroe, N.J.) before moving both runners into scoring position with a wild pitch. Feliz delivered his first RBI of the game with a single to left field on the next play. A four-pitch walk to Russ Hopkins (Piscataway, N.J.) loaded the bases and Brandon Boykin’s (Teaneck, N.J.) fielder’s choice was misplayed at second base, allowing two runs to score on the play. Sophomore Michael Lang (Dumont, N.J.) capped the scoring in the frame with an RBI double to left field to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Like he did an inning earlier, Munday put Hernandez and Jimenez on with a walk and a hit batsman, this time hitting Hernandez and issuing the base on balls to Jimenez. Feliz made the Ram hurler pay for the second-straight inning with an RBI single left field.
Bradley worked scoreless frames in the first and second, but Fordham’s Brian Kownacki homered to left field with one out in the third to put the Rams on the board. They threatened for more with a runner on third and two outs later in the frame, but Bradley shut the door with an inning-ending strikeout.
The Scarlet Knights manufactured single runs in the sixth and seventh to extend their lead. Hopkins led off the sixth with a single, was sacrificed over to second and moved to third on a fly out where Dan Betteridge (Sewell, N.J.) took reliever Jordan Grangard’s 0-2 offering to center field to plate the run. Hernandez opened the seventh with a double, was sacrificed over and scored on a Feliz groundout to second base to extend RU’s advantage.
After giving up a run in the sixth, Bradley handed the ball over to the bullpen, where Hill and Downey combined to work 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hill struck out one and allowed a hit in an inning, while Downey worked the final 2.1 frames, posting a pair of strikeouts without surrendering a hit.
Bradley notched his third win of the season with five strikeouts and two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings, while Munday (0-4) was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits in four innings.
Rutgers returns to action tomorrow, completing a stretch of seven games against New York teams in 10 contests, with a 3:30 p.m. game against Iona at Bainton Field.