“Today we just didn’t have enough,” said the head coach Steve Owens mentioned. “We had to get a few more outs in the eighth to see what happened and we didn’t get there.”
After a 2-run homer in the top of the first, Princeton scored 4 more in the top of the second to take an early 6-0 lead.
Rutgers would begin their comeback late in the third when Ryan Lasko opened the ball with a solo home run (8).
Late in the fourth, the Scarlet Knights escaped for 6 points to take the lead. After Josh Kuroda-Grauer started with a brace, he would score on an error after a Jordan Sweeney Single.
After a refusal made 6-3, Tony Santa Maria jumped on the first pitch he saw with the bases loaded, throwing a brace into right center space to score two runs and make it a 6-5 game. The sequel was Chris Britowho barely missed a home run and settled for a 2-run brace into the deepest part of left center that gave RU a 7-6 lead.
Parker Scott gave his team a career outing, shutting down the Tigers completely for the next 4+ innings. Scott struck out the first six batters he faced and finished with 4.1 scoreless innings, driving in just one hit and one walk, while striking out eight.
Rutgers would need another rally late in the inning, as Princeton’s Nick DiPietrantonio hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 7-7. RU couldn’t do anything late in the eighth and Matt Scannell hit a 2-run brace for the Tigers in the top of the ninth to put them ahead.
The Scarlet Knights failed to score in the ninth and dropped their first game since March 25.
Rutgers now sits 31-7 overall and 11-1 in the Big Ten heading into the weekend.
Rutgers will host Iowa for a three-game series at Bainton Field, with the first game taking place at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
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