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Weathered the Red Storm: Rutgers baseball annihilates St. John's

Freshman infielder Ty Doucette finished with 2 RBI in the Rutgers baseball team's huge victory Tuesday night. – Photo by Christian Sanchez

The Rutgers baseball team got a much-needed 15-0 win against St. John's on Tuesday at Bainton Field on Livingston campus. The Scarlet Knights (24-16, 3-9) bounced back to the tune of 10 hits after a 3-0 series loss this past weekend against Iowa.

Rutgers scored just 7 runs last weekend, so naturally, it opened up Tuesday's game by scoring 8 runs in the first inning alone. Highlighted by a double that notched 3 runs batted in (RBI) for sophomore outfielder Trevor Cohen, the Knights walked four times and were hit by pitches three times.

Graduate student right-handed pitcher Sonny Fauci started on the mound for Rutgers, pitching three scoreless innings before getting pulled in the fourth for sophomore right-handed pitcher Ethan Bowen. Bowen pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of his own before getting taken out in the top of the fifth for graduate student right-handed pitcher Jake Marshall.

While the Knights' pitching remained perfect, their bats knocked in 3 more runs in the fourth to increase their lead to 11-0. The inning was highlighted by freshman infielder Ty Doucette slapping an RBI double before scoring off a wild pitch.

Adding to the lead, Rutgers picked up another 4 runs in the fifth to reach the final score of 15-0. The Knights scored 3 runs off of a single to left center by graduate student infielder Johnny Volpe.

From the sixth to the ninth, things went silent. A trio of junior right-handed pitcher Jordan Falco, junior left-handed pitcher Joe Mazza and freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Sweeney kept the Red Storm (25-10-1, 6-3) at bay.

The Knights will look to improve their 3-9 conference record this weekend in Bloomington, Indiana when they play a three-game series against Indiana. Game one will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, game two will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the series finale will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The first two will be broadcast on Big Ten Plus with the finale on Big Ten Network.

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