PISCATAWAY, NJ (April 18) -- The Huskies could not solve Rutgers starter Aaron Kalb and the Scarlet Knights completed a three game sweep of the Huskies with a 6-0 victory on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J. With the loss, the Huskies slip to 17-17 on the season and 5-8 in BIG EAST play. Rutgers wins its 13th consecutive game, running its record to 20-13 on the year, 11-2 in the loop.
Rutgers took an early lead it would not relinquish in the first inning. Graig Badger led off the first with a double down the right field line and scored on Jeff Fraziers sacrifice fly. Rich Canuso then served a single into right and scored on Mike McDonoughs (Abington, MA) error in right field, allowing Rutgers to seize a 2-0 advantage.
Rutgers would build on its lead in the fifth. Husky starter Brendan McGinn (Tolland, CT) settled down for three innings and got Jason Grover to fly out to center for the first out of the fifth inning. However, McGinn walked Scarlet Knight leadoff man Graig Badger who would steal second and advance to third on a balk. With the infield drawn in, Jeff Grose hit a hard grounder to Husky second baseman Brian Maloney (Hampton, NH). Maloney came home with the throw and nailed Badger at the plate.
Rutgers would not let the fifth end though, as the Scarlet Knights loaded the bases with two outs for DH Colin Gaynor. Gaynor would single into right allowing two runs to score as Rutgers built the lead to 4-0.
Canuso hit a homer over the right field fence and Rutgers added an unearned run in the eighth for the 6-0 victory.
McGinn had another solid outing on Sunday, going seven innings and allowing four earned runs while fanning three and walking one.
Russ DArgento (Marlboro, MA) went 2-for-4 for the Huskies.
Kalb was outstanding for Rutgers, hurling eight innings giving up no runs on five hits.
The Huskies return to action on Tuesday, April 20 when they welcome Fairfield to Storrs for a pair of seven inning contests starting at 2:00 p.m.