Rutgers Freshmen-Dominated Pitching Staff Continues to Prevail with Explosive Performance by Gaby Rosa
Freshman Gaby Rosa threw 8.1 innings of one run ball in the 3-1 victory Friday afternoon against the Cincinatti Bearcats.
Rosa recorded three strikeouts, gave up eight hits, and allowed only one walk that came out of the first inning.
The only run for the Bearcats came during the sixth inning after center fielder Ian Happ ripped a double down the right field line. Happ then scored after a Rutgers fielding error.
Rutgers scored their three runs right away in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Mike Carter led off with an infield single and scored off a double to left by senior Nick Favatella. With the throw to the plate, Favatella advanced to third and scored on a single by senior Brain O’Grady.
After junior Vinny Zarillo drew a walk, Cincinatti head coach Ty Neal made an early call to the bullpen. Redshirt freshman Colton Clearly came in to relieve sophomore Connor Walsh.
With one out and one runner on, senior powerhouse Lou Clemente ripped a single to center, advancing Zarillo. A fielder’s choice by junior Michael Zavala advanced the left fielder to advance to third.
With runners on first and third and two outs, Zavalla took a large lead and sprinted towards second, allowing Zarillo to steal home for Rutgers’ third and final run of the game.
After a rough first inning, lefty Colton Clearly settled down and shut down the last 23 batters he faced. Clearly had five strikeouts in his outing.
Rosa ran into trouble during the fifth, but freshman right fielder Tom Marcinczyk prevented the score with his forth assist this season.
During the ninth, the freshman surrendered two singles before head coach Joe Litterio made the call to the bullpen for junior Jon Young. Young induced a fly-out and groundout to seal the victory for the Scarlet Knights in his seventh save of the season.
The Scarlet Knights have been red-hot, winning five of their last six, and will attempt to pick up their first sweep of the season Saturday at 1 P.M. with redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll taking the mound.
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