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Rutgers baseball hitting stride after 6-1 road trip



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After a disappointing start to the season, Rutgers baseball is hitting its stride following a successful spring break trip to the state of Georgia. The Scarlet Knights went 6-1 on the road trip and have now won seven of its last eight games. With a shaky 3-7 record through its first ten games, the pitching has improved and the lineup is steadily producing.

The trip South included a three-game sweep of Georgia Southern, a midweek win over Kennesaw State followed by a series win over Mercer.

The Scarlet Knights return to New Jersey having gone 6-1 on their spring break trip to Georgia, picking up a three-game sweep at Georgia Southern, a midweek win at Kennesaw State and taking two-of-three from Mercer.

Rutgers outscored Georgia Southern 31-8 over three games, a team that won a game in the NCAA Tournament last season. Even more impressive, I covered the combined no-hitter from starter Jake Marshall and reliever Ben Gorski here.

The Scarlet Knights then beat another NCAA Tournament team from last season, Kennesaw State, by the score of 5-4.

This past weekend, RU took two of three against Mercer, a team that was off to a 13-5 start that included a sweep of Baylor the series before. Rutgers won the first game 23-6 before falling on Saturday 11-9, ending a six game win streak. The Scarlet Knights won the series on Sunday with a 3-2 victory to improve to 10-8 overall this season.

The program singled out four players in this tweet for their performances on the seven game road trip.

Both Marshall and Gorski pitched well after the no-hitter as well. Marshall finished the trip having thrown 10 innings and allowing just 1 hit, 1 run along with striking out 17 batters. Gorski pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 12 batters.

Offensively, Evan Sleight did everything but knock the cover off the ball. He hit .522 with an OPS of 1.570. Sleight had 12 hits including six for extra bases along with 8 RBIs. Cam Love also was very hot at the plate, finishing the trip with 15 hits for a .455 batting average. He had 6 doubles along with 11 RBIs. B

Overall, Rutgers outscored opponents 71-31 over the seven game road trip.

The Scarlet Knights return home for back to back midweek games. RU hosts Rider on Tuesday and Lafayette on Wednesday, both starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Here are video highlights from the baseball team’s road trip to Georgia.

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  1. FlaRef

    March 21, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the excellent recap of the trip South. Nice come from behind win over Rider today too. Looking forward to more insights on this potential CWS team this season. Weekend games against UConn at Storrs will be
    a good measuring stick for the conference slate, too!

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