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Baseball Drops Finale, Series to Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Rutgers baseball dropped the series finale against Michigan State on a walk-off single in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon. 

The Scarlet Knights (19-9, 1-2) built a 2-0 lead over the Spartans (12-14, 3-3), but two runs in the seventh and a walk-off hit in the ninth gave MSU the 3-2 victory and series win.

For the second straight week, Rutgers got a career-long start from Zack Konstantinovsky, with the true freshman giving his team six shutout innings on Sunday. He finished with a line of six innings, zero runs, six hits, four strikeouts and three walks. 

RU built a lead with a run in both the third and seventh innings. Trevor Cohen singled in the third and stole second with two outs. Josh Kuroda-Grauer then singled up the middle to bring him home and make it 1-0. 

In the top of the seventh, the Scarlet Knights got another when Cohen doubled home Jackson Natili, who led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch.

While RU took the 2-0 advantage into the bottom of the seventh, the Spartans hit a pair of doubles to score one and an RBI single up the middle to score a second and tie the game at 2-2. 

The Scarlet Knights stranded a pair of runners in the eighth and went down in order in the ninth. MSU would win the game on a two-out double followed by a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.  

 

Rutgers shifts its focus to a pair of midweeks at home against Hofstra on Tuesday and Marist on Wednesday before its first Big Ten home series against Purdue over the weekend.

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