5/26/02 (Early Morning Edition)
The same deficiency that plagued Rutgers at the start of the Big East Conference Championship came back to haunt the Scarlet Knights in the final. Rutgers stranded 11 runners in Thursday's first-round defeat and left 11 more on base in Saturday night's championship game as Notre Dame captured its first league title with a 3-2 victory before a record crowd of 2,313 at Commerce Bank Ballpark. Brian Stavisky snapped a tie in the bottom of the 10th with an RBI double off Ryan Molchan. It was only the second hit Molchan surrendered in two separate relief stints of a combined 5 2/3 innings Saturday.
Rutgers loses to Notre Dame in final - Courier News
The high pedestal that the Rutgers baseball team was on following a remarkable rally that resulted in three wins in a row and a berth in the finals of the Big East Tournament came crashing down loudly last night.
After rallying earlier in the day to stun the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and force a deciding game, game-one savior Ryan Molchan could onlystand on the mound and watch as Notre Dame left fielder Brian Stavisky sent his full-count, two-out pitch down the third baseline.
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Brian Stavisky drilled a two-out double down the left-field line and Steve Sollman scored all the way from first to snap a 2-2, 10th inning tie and lift Notre Dame to a 3-2 win over Rutgers in the 2002 BIG EAST Championship title game. Ryan Molchan (East Brunswick, NJ), who earned the win in the afternoon game, worked 2.2 gutty innings in the nightcap before Stavisky's game-winning hit. With the loss, Rutgers falls to 35-22 and will hope for an at-large bid when the NCAA announces its 64-team field on Monday afternoon.
Rutgers Falls In BIG EAST Title Game to Notre Dame, 3-2, In 10 Innings
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