Look out for Rutgers baseball!.
The Scarlet Knights have broken out this Spring led by a 16 game winning streak which included 3 sweeps of Big 10 teams. Rutgers pulled off that streak to enter the top 25 and then cooled off with a loss to in-state rival Princeton last week. They then dropped 2 of 3 to Iowa over the weekend. But, they turned it around quickly. After the 3 game slide, they took the final game of the Iowa series and rolled over Hofstra 18-1 on Tuesday to get back to their winning ways. And they did it with a lot of offense, scoring 28 runs in the last two wins. This put the Scarlet Knights at 33-9 for the season and in first place at 12-3 in the Big 10 conference.
Led by an explosive offense, strong starting pitching, and solid defense, Rutgers performance has even exceeded the expectation of head coach Steve Owens, who spoke to ncaa.com after the long winning streak. “I thought we were going to be a pretty athletic position player group that could hit a little bit and obviously could field it. I didn’t see everything coming together like it has so far. But I do have to give our players credit because they’ve really done a lot of things well for a long stretch and it’s hard to do that. I don’t care what level of baseball you’re talking, it’s hard to be good every day. They’ve just really showed up. They show up to play everyday.”
Now Rutgers has their eyes set on the field of 64 for a bid to the NCAA tournament which has not happened in 14 years. For that to fall into place, they have to keep it going in conference play. This Friday, the Scarlet Knights hit the road for a weekend series at Ohio State. They then return to New Jersey to play another in-state rival, Seton Hall in South Orange. The following weekend, they face a strong Maryland team back at Blanton Field. That stretch will determine their fate, but Rutgers has already played at a high level in the conference with sweeps of Minnesota, Nebraska and Indiana. If they keep it going they will not only make the tournament but can perhaps take a deep run to the College World Series in Omaha.
Photos: Sean Ward
So jump on the baseball bandwagon in Piscataway and support this team. Some exciting baseball is back on the banks.