Rutgers baseball fell two games behind in the series against No. 20 ranked Georgia Tech on Saturday, March 2nd losing by a score of 11-2. This is the 15th consecutive defeat for Rutgers against the Yellow Jackets
Starting pitcher Tyler Gebler (0-2) had a tough day on the mound, with five earned runs, 10 hits and four walks in five innings pitched.
Rutgers started off promising, with three hits in the first, but failed to bring in a run and stranded two on base. Georgia Tech scored on an error in the bottom of the first, and would remain on top for the duration of the ball game.
Errors plagued Rutgers, committing another two in second inning, contributing to an early 6-0 deficit. The deficit expanded in the fourth with Gebler giving up a three-run homerun to Georgia Tech’s Daniel Palka.
Rutgers put up a run in the sixth off a RBI single by designated hitter Charlie Law, who was 1-2 for the day with a strikeout and a walk. Rutgers brought in another run in the eighth when right fielder Steve Zavala singled up the middle, and drove center fielder Brian O’Grady in from third base.
O’Grady had a solid day at the plate going 3-5 with 2 runs. Catcher Jeff Melillo also had a strong performance finishing with three hits on four at bats. Together, O’Grady and Melillo accounted for 6 of the 10 Rutgers hits in the game.
Rutgers looks to rebound as they face Georgia Tech again at 1:00pm Sunday.