Rutgers baseball defeated Michigan State in a thrilling Big Ten Opener

On Friday evening, Rutgers baseball (19-7, 1-0) defeated Michigan State (10-14, 1-3) 4-2 in its Big Ten opener. The Scarlet Knights were down to their final five outs and trailed the Spartans 2-0, but a two-run home run from RJ Johnson Jr. and a two-run single from Cameron Love secured Rutgers’ comeback victory.

Rutgers pitcher Justin Sinibaldi got the nod in Rutgers’ Big Ten opener, quickly falling behind 2-0 at the end of the first inning. After the early runs, Sinibaldi settled down, logging five straight shutout innings. Sinibaldi registered another quality start, recording two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out four, and walking one batter throughout six innings pitched.


Pitchers Ben Gorski and Donovan replaced Sinibald after his quality start, holding the Spartans scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings. Rutgers Joey DeChiaro earned the save on Friday, striking out two batters and forcing a pop-up to secure his fourth save in 2024.

At the plate, Johnson Jr. and Love produced all the runs for the Scarlet Knights as freshman Ty Doucette extended his hitting streak to ten games after a double down the right field line in the top of the ninth inning.

The Scarlet Knights get set to take on Michigan State in game two on Saturday at 3:35 PM.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire