5/25/02 (Early Morning Edition)
Baseball - RU Stays Alive in Big East Tourney; Knights sweep BC, Tech
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Rutgers University baseball team used three key ingredients - clutch hitting, standout pitching and stellar defense - to defeat Virginia Tech, 6-2, and advance to the finals of the 2002 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Commerce Bank Ballpark. Invigorated by the pitching of junior David Santiago (Sayreville, NJ), the Scarlet Knights put together all three to extend their season for the second time today.
Making his first-ever BIG EAST Tournament start, Santiago allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings. He yielded a first inning home run to John West, but shut the Hokies down for the next six innings.
RU Advances to Championship Round of BIG EAST Tourney
Rutgers (34-21) must defeat Notre Dame twice today to win the tournament and earn an NCAA bid. The Irish only need to win once to win the title. Virginia Tech finished 33-26.
BRIDGEWATER -- The clutch hitter that Rutgers lacked in the opening round of the Big East Conference Baseball Championships, when it stranded 11 runners, emerged in the form of Ryan Lillis yesterday.
With his team facing elimination in consecutive games, the junior third baseman delivered a key two-out, two-run hit in each, catapulting the Scarlet Knights into the finals at Commerce Bank Ballpark.
Because it is emerging from the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament, Rutgers (34-21) must beat winner's bracket champion Notre Dame (43-14) twice today, as it did in 1998 to win its first conference title
Lillis keeps Rutgers alive
BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- After two exciting wins yesterday, the Rutgers University baseball team will return to action today, needing two wins against top-seeded Notre Dame to capture its third BIG EAST Championship in the last five seasons. Senior lefty Tom Crohan (Jersey City, NJ), who has waited patiently for two days, will get his chance in the first game today vs. the Irish. The first game at Commerce Bank Ballpark will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. contest to be played if necessary.
Rutgers Baseball News Game Preview
Problems at the Hall
Mauricio Branwell, a 6-foot-8 freshman on last season's Seton Hall men's basketball team, is leaving the program following a tumultuous spring. Branwell was allegedly involved in a fight last month with another Seton Hall student. His case was reviewed by university officials but, citing privacy issues, their verdict was not released. No announcement has been made regarding where Branwell will transfer, but the seldom-used power forward will most likely attend a junior college.NorthJersey.com - College Sports
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