|Rutgers Blanks Stetson to Spoil Weekend|
After giving up four runs to Stetson in the ninth inning on Saturday, Rutgers stayed with starter Rob Corsi into the ninth on Sunday, and the junior delivered as the Scarlet Knights completed a 7-0 shutout of the Hatters.
Stetson falls to 15-4 on the year with the loss while Rutgers improved to 8-9 with the victory.
Corsi, a junior left-hander from Oceanport, N.J., kept the Stetson hitters off-balance all day and needed just 105 pitches to shut the Hatters out for the first time since a 6-0 loss at USC Upstate last April 1.
“I hope the lefties we face from here on out aren’t that good,” Stetson coach Pete Dunn said. “He did a very good job on us today. We are going to have to work on that because we are going to see come good lefties, especially in this conference. We are going to have to do a better job than we did today.”
The Hatters only got runners as far as third base against Corsi (3-2) twice all day and managed just seven hits in the game. Corsi walked just one and struck out three, and benefitted from three double plays turned behind him.
“It was just one of those days,” Dunn said. “Yesterday you could point to some areas where we didn’t do very well, but today we were never in the game. We have to have a short memory on this game because we just got beat today.”
While the Hatters were unable to muster any offense against Corsi and the Knights, Rutgers scored or threatened to score in almost every inning. In fact, the Knights got their leadoff runner on base in each inning and banged out a season-high 17 hits against five Stetson hurlers.
Hatters starter Will Dorsey (2-2) gave up four of the Rutgers runs over three innings, but all four were unearned in the third thanks to a pair of Stetson errors. Dorsey did allow nine hits and struck out just two.
Rutgers tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth inning, and another in the sixth, off freshman Drew Jackson. The Knights got leadoff hits in the seventh and eighth innings, but Stetson turned double plays in both to erase the threats. They also loaded the bases in the ninth, but Tucker Donahue got out of the jam without allowing any further damage.
Mark Jones produced two of Stetson’s seven hits in the game.
Eight of the nine Rutgers starters had at least one hit on the day, with Brian O’Grady , Patrick Kivlehan and Ross Costello leading the way with three hits each.
After playing 18 of their first 19 games at home, and all 19 in Volusia County, the Hatters will venture onto the road for a true road trip this week with a pair of games in Tallahassee against sixth-ranked Florida State. Those games are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and are the start of nine consecutive games on the road for Stetson.
“We’ve got to take it on the road and learn how to win on the road,” Dunn said. “We’ve got a very good test in front of us in Tallahassee. We are not hitting on all cylinders right now, but we are going to continue to work to get better.”
Following the games at Florida State, the Hatters will open play in the Atlantic Sun Conference next weekend in Nashville, Tenn., against Belmont.