Rutgers routs Dolphins baseball

Scarlett Knights take two from baseball as Sunday's game was cancelled due to rain

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With Friday’s game being rained out, the Dolphins looked to Saturday where they would play a double-header with Rutgers.

The outcome was not what the Dolphins were looking for however, losing both games and only producing four total runs. The wins were the first for Joe Litterio, who is in his first year as Rutgers’ head coach.

The Dolphins got off to slow starts in both games, making it very difficult for them to dig out of the hole they had created for themselves. In Game 1 Rutgers jumped on the Dolphins early, putting up two runs in the top half of the first inning and then another three in the top half of the second inning.

Starter Alex McRae still couldn’t find the answer to Rutgers’ offense when Lou Clemente made the score 6-0 after leading off the third with a home run.

“Whenever you give up big numbers in the first couple of innings, you end up pressing offensively”, said Tim Montez, head coach.

Michael Babb was the only hit for the Dolphins through the first four inning when he led off the third with a single.

Sophomore Josh Baker relieved McRae in the third and was able to toss five scoreless innings. Freshman Justin Lawrence closed game for the Dolphins retiring the side, but it was too little too late as the Dolphins were only able to produce two runs through that span.

In the second of two games, it was more of the same for the Dolphins. A slow start offensively and no answer on the mound to the Scarlet Knights’ bats, led to another disappointing defeat for Montez and his Dolphins.

Rutgers jumped on starter Justin Russell early sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on seven hits in the first inning, making it very difficult for the Dolphin offense to bounce back and make a game of it.

The Dolphins missed several opportunities to get back in the game when they loaded the bases twice and only walked away one run from both instances. The Dolphins left a total of 13 base runners stranded in the second game which makes it difficult to win no matter how well you are playing.

The game on Sunday was cancelled due to rain allowing the Scarlet Knights to head back to New Jersey with the Dolphins number.

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