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Media Release March 18

BOCA RATON, Fla.  – The Rutgers baseball team dropped a 10-1 contest at Florida Atlantic Tuesday evening at FAU Stadium. A hot-hitting Owls squad collected 15 hits and three runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to break open a 2-0 ballgame en route to the victory.

Rutgers ends its spring break trip south with a 5-9 record on the season. Florida Atlantic improved to 12-6 on the year.

The Owls scored a single run in the first and in the third before exploding for three runs in the fifth on a pair of home runs from Mike McKenna and Travis Ozga.

A leadoff single from Jaren Matthews (Teaneck, N.J.), followed by a line-drive double just inside the left-field line from Dan Betteridge (Sewell, N.J.) put runners on second and third and gave RU life with one out in the fifth. However, FAU starter Adam Morrison got Donny Callahan (Sparta, N.J.) down on strikes and handed the ball over to reliever Glen Troyanoowski who struck out Matt Meyerkopf (Florham Park, N.J.) to end the threat. 

FAU built its lead to 8-0 with three more runs in the sixth. The first two came across when McKenna found a hole in the left side with a two-run single with the bases loaded off of newly-inserted Matt Patterson (Passaic, N.J.).

The Scarlet Knights threatened again in the seventh and this time came through. Senior Jon Gossard (Harrington Park, N.J.) led off the inning with a sharp line drive to the gap in right-center field for a single off new FAU pitcher Lou Morey. Rutgers then loaded the bases three batters later with one out after Jayson Hernandez (Belmar, N.J.)was hit by a pitch and Betteridge walked. Callahan drove in the Scarlet Knights’ lone run of the game with a deep fly out to right field to plate Gossard.

A two-run seventh for the Owls brought it to 10-1 where it stood the rest of the way.

Junior Jon McCue (Hillside, N.J.) suffered his first career loss in his 19th career appearance. He worked 5.1 innings, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts. Junior Jason Downey (Ballston Lake, N.J.) rebounded from a leadoff double to strike out the next three batters in a one-inning appearance in the eighth.   

Troyanowski improved to 2-0 with the win in 1.1 hitless innings in relief of Morrison, who worked 4.2 scoreless frames with three strikeouts. 

Meyerkopf, a red-shirt freshman who saw his first collegiate plate appearances on Sunday with a 2-for-2 effort against Iowa, made his first career start in left field on Tuesday. True freshmanD.J. Anderson (Randolph, N.J.)made his first career start in the field (started two games as the team’s designated hitter), replacingTom Edwards (West Caldwell, N.J.), who was injured during pregame drills, at third base. Making his second career start was red-shirt freshmanJoey Ianiero (Bloomsburg, Pa.), who started at second base against the Owls.

Rutgers returns north where it will begin defense of its 2007 BIG EAST title when it hosts fellow league champion St. John’s in a three-game series at Bainton Field in Piscataway Thursday through Saturday. The Scarlet Knights and Red Storm will open the series with a 1 p.m. game on Thursday, and play a 3 p.m. game on Friday and a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.   

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