Dual-Sport Freshman Jawuan Harris Electric in Home Debut for Rutgers Baseball

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jawuan Harris watched football from the sidelines as a red-shirting freshman in the fall, so his athletic debut at home Wednesday in an 11-3 baseball victory over Lafayette was a special one. Harris caught fire batting ninth in the order with his first-career RBI, four hits and four steals at Bainton Field.

Freshman outfielder Jawuan Harris, who also plays receiver for Rutgers football, entered his first-career college home game with four hits, four runs and a pair of steals in six games for Rutgers baseball.

By the time he thawed out after an 11-3 home victory Wednesday, Harris doubled his numbers.

Harris reached base five times with four hits to go along with a career-high four steals and his first RBI since St. Thomas Aquinas.

"He had a great day today," said Rutgers baseball's Joe Litterio. "He showed what he can do on the base paths. The more he plays, the better he’s going to be, so it’s important to get him out there as much as we can."

Harris committed to Rutgers first as a football player but stressed the importance of a baseball career. He showed why already with a stellar start to his freshman season.

"Playing where he plays out of Florida, it’s a good baseball school, and I get to see him play a little bit and talk to his coaches," Litterio said. "When I heard football was interested in him as a dual kind of guy, I was very excited. I was excited that he chose us. I knew what I was getting going forward, but I didn’t know it was coming this quickly."

Rutgers baseball improved to 3-4 on the season with the victory in what was a challenging home environment with wind and cold temperatures.

"When the bubble collapsed and we had to stay outside, I talked to some of the guys to see how they were doing and we were used to it," Litterio said. "It’s something that’s not out of the norm for us because we’ve been practicing. We’ve been used to this cold weather, so I’m proud of the way they came out and got ahead early."

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