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Batter Up! Diamond girls and boys hit the field

Mets pitchers and catchers report today - you know what that means! Right, a very long season for me. But on a brighter note (I hope), the first season as Big Ten teams for both softball and baseball began last weekend...and it was a very mixed bag.

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Baseball

Baseball got off to a rough start.  Playing a four game series at No. 9 Miami (FL), the Knights dropped all four.  In the opener, Junior Howie Brey allowed just one earned run over six innings, but Miami scored three in the eighth to defeat Rutgers baseball, 5-2, in the season opener Friday at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Scarlet Knights out-hit the Hurricanes, 10-7, in the ballgame. Brey totaled a career-high nine strikeouts on the night, including striking out the side in the fifth inning. The left-hander scattered four hits and three walks in the 107-pitch outing.

In the second game, Sophomore Tom Marcinczyk crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, but Rutgers dropped the second game of the series, 9-5, on Saturday.  Offensively, junior Chris Suseck had a double and single, while Marcinczyk added a double and five putouts in the outfield to his long ball. RU had three sacrifice flies in the game.
Junior Mark McCoy (0-1) made his first start as a Scarlet Knight, but suffered the loss. In relief, sophomore Kevin Baxter worked the final 4.1 innings with four strikeouts in the outing.

In the night game on Saturday, Rutgers fell 9-3. Down six, the Scarlet Knights batted around in the eighth inning to put the tying run on base, but came up short. On the mound, freshman Ryan Wares was effective in his collegiate debut with two innings of work out of the bullpen. The right-hander entered in the sixth with two outs and stranded two inherited runners. Sophomore Ryan Fleming and senior Jon Young both saw relief action as well, as sophomore Kyle Driscoll (0-1) took the loss in a four-inning start.

Rutgers dropped the series finale, 25-4, Sunday at Alex Rodriguez Park. The game completed a four-game series to start the season. Sophomore Mike Carter collected a single, double, run and RBI to lead the Scarlet Knights offensively, while senior Vinny Zarrillo had a pair of singles with an RBI. Freshman Milo Freeman junior John Jennings and junior R.J. Devish also scored runs.

Baseball Diamond Dust

  • Brey's nine strikeouts surpassed his previous best of five set at Jacksonville and versus USF last season
  • Rosa collected his first collegiate hits (2)
  • D'Annunzio recorded two stolen bases in the series
  • The pitching staff allowed just two earned runs
  • RU left 25 runners on base in the series; Miami left 40
  • Knights used 13 pitchers
  • Scarlet Knights reached double-digit hits 26 times last season
  • RU committed nine errors in the four games; Miami committed seven

Did you see.....

Major League Baseball ran its Face of MLB bracketology again and RU's own Todd Frazier came soooo close.  My David Wright (yes, mine...and Kev Recio's) beat out @FlavaFraz21 in the latest voting.

Big Ten Baseball

Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week

Nick Ramos, Indiana, Jr., SS, Tampa, Fla.

  • Helped the Hoosiers win 2-of-3 in the season-opening series against No. 18 Stanford, batting a team-high .429 with three hits, three walks and three RBI
  • Two of three weekend RBI came in the season-opening 4-2 win, including a single in the eighth inning to give IU a 4-1 lead
  • Led the Hoosiers with a .571 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage

Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

Rob McDonnell, Illinois, Sr., LHP, Barrington, Ill.

  • Pitched seven scoreless innings on Saturday against New Mexico State, scattering just two hits and helping Illinois to a 4-2 victory
  • Did not allow a single earned run, striking out a career-high 10 batters
  • Allowed only two hits
Big Ten Freshmen of the Week

Austin Guzzo, Iowa, C, Brooklin, Ontario

  • Collected a pair of hits, going 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in Iowa's 4-1 defeat of George Mason on Sunday
  • Recorded the go-ahead RBI single in the Hawkeyes' two-run fourth inning
  • Was successful in throwing out both base runners attempting to steal

Overall


W-L

%

Illinois

4-0

1.000

Maryland

3-0

1.000

Ohio State

3-0

1.000

Indiana

2-1

.667

Iowa

2-1

.667

Michigan St

2-1

.667

Michigan

1-2

.333

Nebraska

1-2

.333

Purdue

1-2

.333

Minnesota

0-3

.000

Northwestern

0-3

.000

Penn State

0-3

.000

Rutgers

0-4

.000

Updated through Feb. 15, 2015

Softball

Softball traveled west to open the 2015 season at UC Santa Barbara and the Gaucho Classic.  On day one, Rutgers split its games, falling to host Santa Barbara, 5-3, while defeating Saint Mary's (Calif.), 3-2.

Despite an early 3-0 lead for Rutgers, Santa Barbara found a late rally to claim the victory, 5-3. Rutgers came out firing in its season opener against Santa Barbara. Senior Chandler Howard reached base on a double in her first at bat. Next up, classmate Jackie Bates reached base on a fielder's choice as junior Melanie Slowinski came up to the plate. Slowinski singled to right field sending Howard home and advancing Bates to third. Bates crossed the plate to put RU up 2-0 to start the first inning. 

Coming up to the plate for just the second time as a Scarlet Knight, freshman Rebecca Hall recorded the first RBI of her career, sending in Slowinski and expanding the Scarlet Knights' lead to 3-0.

Santa Barbara found a spark in the fourth inning. With five hits and an RBI, Gauchos scored two runs to cut their deficit to 5-2.  The Gauchos added on three more runs on four hits and two RBIs, taking the lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the fifth. Slowinski came out with a single to start the sixth, but it was not enough to restart the RU offense. The Gauchos took the win 5-3.

Rutgers maintained its strength to earn its first victory of 2015 with a 3-2 win over Saint Mary's. RU came alive at the top of the second. After SMC pitcher Katie Moss loaded the bases, Bridget Carr nailed a single to score two.  RU added another run establishing a 3-0 lead.

Junior Dresden Maddox recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

The Knights again split the second day of the Classic, reversing the victories.  In a rematch with host UCSB, RU pushed the game to extra innings to take the win 6-5.  Landrith went 8 innings with 8 strikeouts for the win.

Rutgers dropped the fourth game of the tourney to St. Mary's, 4-3.  Chandler Howard and Elizabeth Adams each had two hits for the Knights in the loss.

Softball Diamond Dust

  • Rutgers ended the weekend at the Guacho Classic with a 2-3 record.
  • Freshmen Jacqueline Kott, Rebecca Hall and Meaghan Wellsall made their first starts as Scarlet Knights at the Guacho Classic. Freshman Sierra Maddox also made an appearance in two games.
  • The four home runs by Pittsburgh were the most allowed since March 13, 2013, against USF (4).
  • Chandler Howard leads the team with a .353 batting average, three RBIs and three doubles to start her senior campaign. Howard is on a five-game hit streak to start the season.
  • Jordan Whitley and Howard are tied for the longest reached base streak at five.
  • Four Scarlet Knights have each recorded a multiple hit game, including Liz Adams, Melanie Slowinski, Stephanie Huang and Howard.

Big Ten Softball

Big Ten Co-Players of the Week

Lauren Sweet, Michigan, Sr., C, Corona, Calif.

  • Drove in nine runs and scored five times to help the Wolverines post a 5-0 record at the Unconquered Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Knocked in the winning runs in both of Michigan's victories over nationally ranked Florida State
  • Hit her second career grand slam and set a career high with five RBI against Georgia Tech
  • Reached base safely in all five games and drove in at least one run in four contests
  • For the weekend, batted .500, posted a .615 on-base percentage and recorded a slugging percentage of .800

Ashley Burkhardt, Purdue, Sr., 1B, Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • Batted .588, drove in 11 runs, collected 10 hits, and scored eight times to guide the Boilermakers to a 5-0 record at the FIU Invitational in Miami
  • Belted four home runs and added five stolen bases on five attempts, including a school record-tying three stolen bases against LIU Brooklyn
  • Hit safely in all five games with four multi-hit contests and three multi-RBI efforts
  • Scored a run in all five games, including three contests with multiple runs scored
  • For the weekend, posted a .650 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of 1.353
  • Collects her second career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Big Ten Player of the Week: Tori Chiodo (March 24, 2014)
Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

Megan Betsa, Michigan, So., RHP, McDonough, Ga.

  • Earned two victories and a save at the Unconquered Invitational, factoring in both of Michigan's wins over nationally ranked Florida State
  • Earned her first career save in the Wolverines' first victory over the Seminoles
  • Started the second game of the doubleheader against Florida State, scattering two hits, striking out five batters and allowing only one run in a complete-game win
  • Fanned 17 batters on the weekend, an average of 5.7 strikeouts per game
  • Tossed a shutout with 11 strikeouts against Georgia Tech
Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Maya Hughes, Purdue, OF, Nolensville, Tenn.

  • Led the Boilermakers with a .667 batting average, .706 on-base percentage and six steals as Purdue won the all five of its games at the FIU Invitational
  • Recorded 10 hits in 15 at-bats, including four multi-hit games
  • Scored five runs and drove in four RBI, while tying the school record for steals with three against Memphis on Saturday
  • Drove in the game-winning run against Florida International on Friday
  • Wins her first career weekly honor
  • Last Purdue Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Katy McJunkin (April 21, 2014)

Overall


W-L

%

Michigan

8-1

.889

Minnesota

8-1

.889

Ohio State

7-1

.875

Michigan St

7-3

.700

Maryland

6-4

.600

Penn State

6-4

.600

Purdue

6-4

.600

Wisconsin

5-6

.455

Nebraska

4-6

.400

Rutgers

2-3

.400

Iowa

3-5

.375

Northwestern

3-6

.333

Illinois

3-7

.300

Indiana

2-8

.200

Updated through all games of February 15.