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Rutgers Baseball defeats Stony Brook to begin homestand

Team rides big inning to victory, plus midweek update.

West Virginia v Rutgers

After a disappointing spring break trip, Rutgers got back to business Tuesday against Stony Brook.

Rutgers 6, Stony Brook 5

The Scarlet Knights started Jared Bellissimo on the hill. Jared ironed out the kinks from his last two outings and stymied the Seawolves for five shutout innings. He walked two, allowed two hits, and struck out six for his first career win.

The offense immediately gave their pitcher a 1-0 lead with a Tim Dezzi ground rule double in the bottom of the first inning that scored Mike Nyisztor. Dezzi was at it again to double in Kevin Welsh and kickstart a five run third. That rally also included a Tyler McNamara sacrifice fly and was capped by a three-run homer from Victor Valderrama.

Stony Brook made it interesting with four runs in the 7th, but none of them were earned before Parker Scott finally bailed his team out. Eric Reardon was credited with an unearned run himself to cut the deficit to 6-5, but Serafino Brito nailed down his second save in the 9th.

Decisive stat: The five run inning. Rutgers has usually been on the wrong end of crooked numbers, but this game was won with the spike in the 3rd inning they put together. Rutgers was actually outhit 10-8 for the game.

Notable: Rutgers made three errors, all in the infield (Welsh, Chris Brito, Carmen Sclafani) that contributed to each of the five runs scored by Stony Brook. Dezzi had three hits including the two doubles, Nyisztor had two hits including a double. Both players stole a base as well.

Statistical Review (through 21 games)

Batting leaders (min. 2 PA/G and 75% of games played)

BA: Dezzi (.342), Nyisztor (.307), Serruto (.300)

Hits: Nyisztor (27), Dezzi (26), Welsh (17)

HR: Valderrama & Sclafani (2), C. Brito (1)

RBI: Welsh & McNamara (8), three with 7

Runs scored: Welsh (10), Nyisztor, & Sclafani (9)

Stolen bases: Blum & Nyisztor (5), six with 2

OPS: Dezzi (.814), Serruto (.712), Nyisztor (.704)

NOTE: Andy Axelson has a hit in two at bats. Brett Sternberg is 4-6 including a double.

Pitching leaders

W: S. Brito (3), Fitzpatrick & Bellissimo & Genuario (1)

SV: S. Brito (2)

ERA: Acosta (2.40, 15.0 IP), Genuario (2.45, 18.1 IP), Rutkowski (2.50, 36 IP)

SO: Rutkowski (35), Murray (32), S. Brito (18)

IP: Rutkowski (36), Murray (22.1), S. Brito (20.1)

Next up:

A three game weekend set to open Big Ten play at home against Ohio State, March 29-31. First pitch Friday is at 2 pm.