April 29, 2007

Triple Play Of The Day

PISCATAWAY, N.J.-- Well, I've heard before that seeing a triple play in a given inning is 1 in 10,000. In that case, all 1,024 of us in attendance at Rutgers today should go out and buy a Mega Millions lotto ticket. In the top of the 6th, the Scarlet Knights executed a 5-4-3 triple play. A hot shot down the line was snared by the third baseman Tim Querns who stepped on the bag, threw to Mike Bionde at second, who relayed on to Tom Edwards to complete the feat. The only announcement about it was that it was the first ever at Bainton Field.

That crowd i mentioned was a record for Rutgers. A gorgeous day and having Notre Dame in town led to it, but fans were treated to a see-saw battle in the rubber match of the three game set in which the Fighting Irish took with a 6-4 final.

Observations
-Rutgers' star SS Todd Frazier had a tough day at the plate a day after beaking the Rutgers single-season and career home run records. I will have a feature on Frazierr this week.
-Rutgers had one of the strangest field I have ever seen. The Scarlet Knights used a 1.25 million dollar donation to install FieldTurf, but instead of just installing it where the grass would be, they put it where in the basepaths as well! Meaning that the only way to make the equipment manager unhappy with you is to slide into home. The rubberized carpet (by the way, the basepaths are a brown color), is a cause for some funky hops and some interesting slides, but it makes total sense. Last Friday when it rained all over the state, Rutgers was still able to get out and practice despite most of the area being under water.
-Rutgers may cause some problems for teams in the postseason if they can come out of Coney Island. They have a tough lineup 1-9 (some real big guys, including the junior Frazier who is slated as a first round draft pick WHEN he decides to leave after his junior season at the end of the year), and a pitching staff that can cause some problems. Casey Gaynor threw seven and two-thirds innings for RU, and only made one or two mistakes. Gaynor gave up five hits and four runs and received a no-decision.
-Rutgers DH Jon Gossard hit a clutch two out homerun to tie the game in the 8th inning for Rutgers, after Notre Dame had taken the lead on a two run base hit in the top half of the inning. But it was a tie game for only a short while. Rutgers reliever Chris Lillis gave up a two run triple in the top of the ninth that sealed the deal. Despite sthe Knights getting two runners in scoring position in the bottom half before Sam Elam struck out Tom Edwards to end the ballgame.

Notre Dame struggled out of the gate this year, and we'll see if they can get the ship totally turned around before they return to the NY area at the end of the month.

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