Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Founded1870 (1870)
UniversityRutgers University
Head coachSteve Owens (2nd season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationPiscataway, New Jersey
Home stadiumBainton Field
(Capacity: 1,500)
NicknameScarlet Knights
ColorsScarlet[1]
 
College World Series appearances
1950
NCAA Tournament appearances
1950, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007
Conference tournament champions
Big East: 1998, 2000, 2007
A-10: 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993
Conference champions
Big East: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007
A-10: 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Rutgers Scarlet Knights baseball is the varsity intercollegiate team representing Rutgers University in the sport of college baseball at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The team plays its home games at Bainton Field on campus in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights are members of the Big Ten Conference, which they joined prior to the 2014 season.[2]

History

The program's first year of competition was 1870. For their first 37 seasons, the program competed without a head coach, compiling a record of 102-157-1.

Fred Hill era (1984-2014)

The 2007 baseball squad tied the school record for victories with 42 and tallied numbers of 63 home runs and 425 RBIs, good enough for second-most in school history. The team finished in first place in the Big East in the regular season, and won the 2007 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament A record high 6 players would be selected in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. The home runs record would go on to be broken in the 2010 season.[3]

Joe Litterio era (2014-2019)

Under head coach Joe Litterio, Rutgers Baseball made the transition from the American Athletic Conference to the Big Ten Conference.

Steve Owens era (2020-present)

On May 28, 2019, Joe Litterio's contract was not renewed.[4] On June 26 2019, Steve Owens was announced as the new head coach of the Rutgers program.[5]

Stadium

Rutgers plays at Bainton Field, a 1,500 seat facility located on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.[6]

Head Coaches

Records are through the end of the 2020 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1870-1906 No Coach 36 102-157-1 .394
1907 Frank Gordon 1 3-8 .273
1908-1911 Frank Cox 4 18-35 .340
1912-1915 Walter S. Brodie 4 43-61 .414
1916-1917 Sandy Piez 2 6-11 .353
1918-1925 Frank Cox 8 38-61-1 .386
1926-1931 Fred Jacklitsch 6 43-42 .506
1932-1937 J. Wilder Tasker 6 35-53-2 .400
1938-1949 Charles Ward 11 104-76-2 .577
1950-1960 George Case 10 116-84-3 .579
1961-1983 Matt Bolger 22 304-277-7 .523
1984-2014 Fred Hill 30 941-662-7 .587
2015-2019 Joe Litterio 6 140-174-1 .446
2020-present Steve Owens 1 6-9 .400
Totals 13 coaches 150 seasons 1,888–1,675–24 .529

Taken from the Rutgers Baseball 2021 Fact Book[7]

Major League Baseball[edit]

As of 2020, at least 25 former Scarlet Knights, including Todd Frazier, Eric Young and David DeJesus, have played in Major League Baseball[8] and 72 players have been selected from the school in the Major League Baseball draft.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors | Visual Identity System". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  2. ^ 2015 Rutgers Baseball Fact Book. Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ https://scarletknights.com/sports/2017/6/11/sports-m-basebl-history-html.aspx
  4. ^ Keith Sargeant (May 28, 2019). "Rutgers baseball coach Joe Litterio will not return in 2020". www.nj.com. New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Steve Owens Named Head Baseball Coach". ScarletKnights.com. Rutgers University Athletics. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ https://scarletknights.com/facilities/bainton-field/7
  7. ^ https://scarletknights.com/documents/2021/3/1//21RUbsb_FactBook_spreads.pdf?id=15015
  8. ^ "Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ) Baseball Players". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  9. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 1 January 2021.