Game 7: Baseball in Saint Joseph

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Starting 5-1 for the first time since 2005, Rutgers baseball travels to Pennsylvania to face Saint Joseph Tuesday in its first midweek action of the season. The first pitch at Smithson Field is scheduled for 2 p.m., an hour earlier than originally scheduled. It begins a week of four games on the road against four different opponents.

The Scarlet Knights, one of four teams nationally with at least five road wins so far, lead the country in doubles (four per game), while pacing the Big Ten early in scoring ( 9.3) on-base percentage (.451), batting average (.348), shutouts thrown (2) and double plays turned per game (1.0). RU won at least five games in February for the first time since 2001, seeking to go 6-1 for the first time since that season.

Live stats will be available through Sidearm Sports. The link is on the baseball schedule.

  • The Scarlet Knights went 2-1 in the Carolinas Coastline Classic, falling to Coastal Carolina before sweeping a doubleheader at UNCW.
  • On Friday, Rutgers posted 10 runs on 15 hits, but the Chanticleers used a five-run fifth to claim a 15-10 victory. Nick Cimillo hit the first RU homer of the season, a 451-foot blast to left center. Evan Sleigh tied his career-high with three hits while hitting three-runs.
  • Rain in the forecast adjusted the weekend schedule and the Scarlet Knights played two at UNCW. The 12-5 win saw the offense post double-digit runs in four straight games for the first time since 2010. The 18-hit offense was led by a career-high four hits from Ryan Laskowhile Danny DiGeorgio went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, three runs, two stolen bases and a walk. Jared Kollar earned his first win as the Scarlet Knight on the mound after allowing just two runs in five innings.
  • The last drink in Wilmington was a duel of pitchers, because Natalie Florence fanned nine with just two hits allowed in five shutout innings. Ben Gorsky, french garrett and Dale Stanavich combined to allow a single baserunner to preserve the 2-0 shutout. The pitchers totaled 15 strikeouts in the game, the most for the program since April 16, 2011, against Cincinnati. Tony Santa Maria provided the big hit at home plate with a solo homer to dead center.
  • Rutgers turns 15and nationally batting average (.348) and 17and as a base percentage (.451). The Scarlet Knights have five games with at least 11 hits and four games with 10 or more runs with a maximum of 18.
  • Santa Maria scored five braces, while Chris Brito has four and the Scarlet Knights 24 in total.
  • Richie Schiekofer, Sleight and Lasko reached base safely in all six games. Schiekofer, who is 13 for 25, has a 23-game on-base streak dating back to last season.
  • Cimillo paces the team with a 1,487 OPS (.833 slugging, .654 on base).
  • The Scarlet Knights recorded 20 RBIs with two outs in six games.
  • The Scarlet Knights threw two shutouts in the first six games for the first time since 1968.
  • Dale Stanavicha member of the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, recorded nine strikeouts against the first eight batters faced, including a four-strikeout stoppage last time out.
  • Wyatt’s Parliament is about to make its first academic year. An early registrant who signed with the Scarlet Knights in the fall, the right-hander gave out two scoreless frames on his Houston Baptist debut.
  • Kyle Muller leads the staff with 48 games of experience.
  • Rutgers totaled 58 strikeouts against 20 walks.

The Scarlet Knights and Hawks faced 46 teams as Atlantic 10 opponents from 1983 to 1995, with RU winning 36 times. The overall series is a 38-10 Rutgers advantage, with the last meetings being in 2016. Howie Brey won Friday’s game at Bainton Field with seven strikeouts over six innings in the 11-1 win. Then on Sunday at Smithson Field, RJ Devish had three hits, Kyle Driscoll pitched five innings to keep the Hawks to two runs and Max Herrmann recorded a six-out save to seal the 6-4 victory.

Rutgers continues on the road with a trip to Virginia to take on William & Mary (Friday, FloSports), Richmond (Saturday, ESPN+) and VCU (Sunday, ESPN+).

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