There is really something special about this year’s Rutgers Baseball team. The Scarlet Knights staged one of the great late comebacks in program history, stunning Indiana 10-9 on a pair of solo home runs to extend its winning streak to 15 games, as Rutgers improved to 30-6 on the season.
The 22nd ranked team in the Nation, Rutgers trailed by deficits of 4-0 and 8-3 before storming back in the later innings. Rutgers plated four runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning with Evan Sleight, Nick Cimillo both driving in a run to make it an 8-5 game. Josh Kuroda-Grauer followed with a two-run single that sliced the deficit down to one-run, 8-7.
After Indiana extended their lead to 9-7, Rutgers flexed their muscle. First Chris Brito launched a solo homerun to left-center to cut it back to a single run, 9-8. Brito finished the day batting 2-for-5 with 3 RBI.
Finally it came down to the ninth inning. With no one on and one out, Tony Santa Maria crushed a 2-2 fastball over the left field wall for the game-tying homer.
TONY SANTA MARIA!!!! WE ARE ALL TIED UP!!— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) April 17, 2022
IT'S MADNESS AT BAINTON FIELD AGAIN!!!! pic.twitter.com/6pErmQcFmd
Two batters later, Jordan Sweeney won it with a solo shot to left on a 3-2 count sending the entire Rutgers bench into a frenzy.
OH MY GOODNESS JORDAN SWEENEY WALKS IT OFF!!!!— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) April 17, 2022
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!
15 IN A ROW AND THE SHOW GOES ON!!! pic.twitter.com/67eqbWlSA5
It was also a historic afternoon, as Mike Nyisztor had a base hit in the bottom of the third inning for his 200th hit of his career. Nyisztor is the 18th player in Rutgers baseball history to reach the milestone of 200 hits.