Baseball Meets Ball State

Baseball Meets Ball State
March 17, 2015

MUNCIE, Ind. - Continuing its spring break journey through the state of Indiana, Rutgers baseball is set for a Wednesday 3 p.m. game at Ball State. It will be the final tune-up for the Scarlet Knights before beginning Big Ten play this weekend at Purdue.

Rutgers (3-12) at Ball State (11-7) - Muncie, Ind.
Game 16 March 18 - 3 p.m. ET
Probable Pitching Matchup Rutgers - RHP Ryan Fleming (0-0, 13.50 ERA) vs.
Ball State - LHP Trevor Henderson (0-1, 7.04 ERA)
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The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 12-8 win over Canisius Monday to wrap up the four-game Indiana State tournament. Led by four hits and a home run by sophomore Tom Marcinczyk (Middlesex, N.J.), the offense collected a season-best 14 knocks and scored in each of the first four innings. Freshman Kyle Walker (Piscataway, N.J.) contributed three hits of his own and produced a rare two-run sacrifice fly, while senior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) blasted his first homer of the season. On the mound, freshman John O'Reilly (Northvale, N.J.) recorded his second win in as many starts with two earned runs allowed over five innings.

Marcinczyk leads the bats with a .339 average, a .431 on-base percentage and a .589 slugging percentage, also owning a personal on-base streak of nine games and a hitting streak of six. The outfielder has nine extra base hits so far, one short of his total in 46 games as a rookie. Zarrillo has also been a factor with 16 hits on the year and needs 22 to reach 200 for his career.

Sophomore Ryan Fleming (Churchville, Pa.) will make his first start of the season for the Scarlet Knights after logging three appearances from the bullpen. The left-hander made 10 starts as a freshman and worked to a 3-0 record. Out of the bullpen, both sophomore Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) and freshman Ryan Wares (Howell, N.J.) are coming off of effective three-inning relief stints. Senior Jon Young (Old Bridge, N.J.) has made a team-leading six outings in 2015.

RU has scored at least 12 runs in all three of its victories this season ... the Scarlet Knights have won their last 14 games at Bainton Field, holding the second-longest active home winning streak in the nation ... the offense has seven home runs through 15 games, having needed 26 games to reach that mark last season ... RU has scored more times in the third inning than any other so far this season (15) ... the staff has used 14 different pitchers on the mound ... thirty-two of the 35 players on the roster hail from the state of New Jersey.

A member of the Mid-American Conference, the Cardinals are set to host their second game at the Ball Diamond in the First Merchants Ballpark Complex, a FieldTurf facility. The team comes in on a four-game winning streak, including a three-game sweep at Dayton over the weekend. Elbert Devarie leads the offense with a .387 average and three home runs, while Alex Call is closely behind at .368. Freshman left-hander Trevor Henderson is slated to make his fourth start of the season on the mound and has 20 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

Head coach Rich Maloney owns 678 wins in 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level. Click here for more information on Ball State baseball.

Rutgers and Ball State have never met on the baseball diamond. The Scarlet Knights' football program did defeat the Cardinals, 52-30, in the 2008 International Bowl.

Rutgers will head over to West Lafayette, Ind., to open Big Ten play Friday at Purdue.

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