Games 12-15: Baseball at Hawaii

HONOLULU – Flying approximately 5,000 miles, Rutgers baseball plays a four-game series at Hawaii this weekend. The action begins Friday at 11:35 pm ET on ESPN+, with a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday. This is the first visit to Hawaii for the program in the furthest trip in program history.

RU is off to a 10-1 start, the best since beginning 12-1 in 1962. The current seven-game winning streak is the longest since an eight-gamer in May 2014. The team has outscored opponents 109-34 through 11 games , holds the No. 11 RPI in college baseball and leads the nation with nine road victories.

In the early going, the Scarlet Knights rank first among Big Ten teams in batting average (.334, 10th nationally), doubles per game (3.09, second nationally), fielding percentage (.987, 14th nationally), hits (143, 15th nationally), on-base percentage (.434, 15th nationally), scoring (9.9, 14th nationally), shutouts pitched (4, tied for first nationally), slugging percentage (.533, 22nd nationally). The pitching staff is also second in the league with a 1.16 WHIP and third with a 3.03 ERA.

ESPN+ will stream Friday’s game and the game will broadcast on Spectrum Sports in Hawaii. Radio coverage from ESPN Honolulu and live stats will be available for all four games, with links posted at ScarletKnights.com.

  • The Scarlet Knights crushed six homers on the way to routing Wagner, 18-1, Tuesday at Bainton Field. RU has won its home opener the past 14 years and in 20-of-21. It was the fifth win of at least five runs and third of 15 or more.
  • Danny DiGeorgio collected 10 total bases on two homers and a double, while Evan Sleight (career-high four hits) and Tony Santa Maria went back to back in the second inning. Nick Cimillo also went deep in the second, with Jordan Sweeney smashing a three-run shot in the sixth. RU last had six dingers in a game in 2017 at Lafayette.
  • on the mound, Wyatt Parliament earned his first collegiate win with one run allowed in a scheduled three-inning start. Parker ScottJayson HoopesJustin SinibaldicNate McLainMatt RoweJoe Mazza and Sam Portnoy all contributed scoreless relief work.
  • Rutgers has posted double-digit runs in six games with at least 11 hits eight times.
  • Rutgers has 16 innings scoring at least three runs.
  • Rutgers is hitting .326 as a team with runners in scoring position and has 39 RBIs with two outs.
  • Cimillo is slashing .500/.625/.917 with nine extra-base hits, 11 walks and 15 runs scored. He ranks third nationally in on-base percentage.
  • Ryan Lasko has had a hit in all 11 games is on a 12-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
  • Brian FitzpatrickJared Kollar and Nathan Florence combined to pitch 16.1 scoreless innings last time through the rotation. Florence leads the group with a 0.68 ERA, while Kollar has worked a team-high 15 innings. Fitzpatrick did not allow a run in two of his first three outings.
  • Rutgers last had a season with four shutouts in 2012. The staff has eight games so far allowing three or less earned runs.
  • The team has five games with at least 10 strikeouts this season with a high of 15.
  • Dale Stanavicha member of the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list, has recorded 18 outs against the first 17 batters faced, striking out 10 for three saves.
  • Sam Bello has logged 9.2 innings of relief with nine strikeouts.
  • Rutgers and Hawaii will be meeting for the first time.

Rutgers continues its spring break trip with a three-game series at Nebraska Omaha starting March 18. That will mark the final non-conference weekend before Big Ten play begins.

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