BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Second-seeded Rutgers scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth and Sean Spicer (Pearl River, N.Y.) pitched a complete game five hitter as the Scarlet Knights advanced to Saturday's BIG EAST Championship game with a 3-1 victory over third-seeded Louisville Friday night at KeySpan Park.
The Scarlet Knights, who entered the day needing to defeat the Cardinals twice to reach the finals, did just that with a 12-10 win earlier in the day before the 3-1 decision in the nightcap. RU reaches its fifth BIG EAST title game (2003, 2002, 2000 and 1998) in school history and first since the 2003 season, improving to 40-19 overall. The Scarlet Knights earn a championship date with the winner of Friday night's other semifinal game between USF and Connecticut Saturday at 1 p.m. in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.
Rutgers broke the scoreless stalemate in the fourth when junior National Player of the Year candidate Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.) singled down the left-field line to lead off the inning, was sacrificed over and scored two plays later on a Dave Williams (Franklin, N.J.) RBI double to the gap in right center.