On Friday, the Rutgers baseball team will travel to Illinois to take on Northwestern, which will be hosting its first home series of the season.
The Scarlet Knights (9-8, 9-8) are looking to bounce back after a rough series against Penn State where they lost 2 out of 3 after having a successful previous two series.
For Rutgers, the team will be facing a Northwestern team whose bats are hot so far this season. As a team, the Wildcats have a .280 batting average and have clubbed a total of 36 home runs as a team. Individually, they will look toward Anthony Calarco, who is batting .397 with six runs batted in on the season. Northwestern has a lineup that consists of five batters having a batting average of more than .300.
On the mound, the Wildcats will look toward their ace Mike Doherty, who, in 32.1 innings this year, has an earned run average of 2.78 for his team. After Doherty, his supporting cast of pitchers will look to follow his repeated success.
For the Knights, they will put their faith in junior pitcher Harry Rutkowski to start off the series. In his last outing on Friday, he struck out seven in eight innings against the Nittany Lions (6-11, 6-11) but lost 1-0 after giving up a solo home run in the top of the seventh.
Offensively, redshirt freshman first basemen Jordan Sweeney will look to stay hot after coming up big last week. Sweeney went 7-12 with two home runs, one of them being a game-winning grand slam in the final game of the series against the Nittany Lions.
Additionally, sophomore third baseman Chris Brito will look to sustain his success along with freshman outfielder Ryan Lasko. With these players, Rutgers will aim for a win against Northwestern, starting Friday at 4 p.m.
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