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Baseball Splits Doubleheader, Loses Series to Maryland

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers baseball split Saturday’s doubleheader with Maryland, winning the first game 2-1 before dropping the final 6-4.

The Scarlet Knights (26-21, 4-14) got a great bullpen in the first game, but the Terrapins (31-18, 10-11) used a pair of three-run innings to win the finals and clinch the series . .

Game 1 Summary

Donovan Zsak started the first game of the doubleheader for Rutgers. After an error-free first inning, a bases-loaded walk gave Maryland a 1-0 lead in the second.

The Scarlet Knights responded with two runs to take the lead in the fourth. After back-to-back singles from Trevor Cohen And Cameron Love to start the frame, Jordan Sweeney bunted them into second and third place. Johnny Volpe then delivered the big hit of the game, a two-out, two-run single, that gave RU a 2–1 lead.

After three strong innings from Zsak, Sonja Fauci took over in the fourth and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked two, bridging the gap to late innings.

Joe Mazza delivered his biggest performance in a Rutgers uniform, picking up a three-inning save to secure the win. He allowed just one hit and struckout no walks, earning his first save of the season.

Game 2 Summary

After Jake Marshall retired the first nine batters of the game, Maryland took the lead with three runs in the third and scored on a wild pitch, passed ball and infield single.

Tony Santa Maria Rutgers got on the board with a solo home run in the fourth to make it 3-1. Volpe delivered another big hit in the fifth, tying the game at 3-3 with a two-run double.

The Terrapins took the lead with three more pitches in the top of the sixth, using a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and a two-run double to take a 6-3 lead.

While RU was able to get a point back on a balk in the seventh, that was all for the offense.

Jordan Falco had a strong outing in relief, coming in with traffic in the sixth and retiring all 11 batters he faced to end the game.

Rutgers is back in action next weekend at Penn State, with game one on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.

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