Rutgers 16-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday and they can thank a rival from just 21 miles away: Princeton.
The Tigers upset the Scarlet Knights 9-7 at Bainton Field; a solo home run by Nick DiPietrantonio tied the game at seven in the eighth inning, and Matt Scannell drove in two of his four RBI on the day with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to win it for Princeton.
New Jersey’s Finest 😉— Princeton Baseball (@PUTigerBaseball) April 20, 2022
Final | Princeton 9, Rutgers 7
5.2 innings strong from @reecerabin and a huge day at the plate for @mattscannell7 earn the Tigers a big win against red-hot Rutgers! pic.twitter.com/MI8dThOdhK
Rutgers had trailed the Tigers by a score of 6-0 after two innings before storming back.
Ryan Lasko’s solo shot for RU in the bottom of the third inning got the ball rolling for Rutgers. In the bottom of the fourth, the Scarlet Knights plated six runs, including a two-run double by Tony Santa Maria that made it a 6-5 game, and a two-run double by Chris Brito that put Rutgers in front 7-6.
Boom!! Back-to-back doubles by Tony Santa Maria and Chris Brito have given us a 7-6 lead over Princeton! pic.twitter.com/sKIXaSkQ57— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) April 20, 2022
Parker Scott did a fine job in relief of Kyle Muller, tossing 4.1 shutout innings for the Scarlet Knights. Garrett French took the loss in the ninth inning for Rutgers.
On the flip side, Reece Rabin was fantastic for Princeton, holding the Scarlet Knights to just one hit over 5.2 innings of relief.
Rutgers (31-7) will host Iowa for a weekend series beginning on Friday. As for Princeton (5-24) the win vs. Rutgers was their most significant of the season, beating one of the top ranked teams in the country. The Tigers host Harvard this weekend.