Rutgers baseball made the NCAA Tournament on Monday, the selection committee rewarding the Scarlet Knights for a second-place regular-season finish in the Big Ten as well as coming in second in the Big Ten Tournament. That’s some consistency right there.
That was supposed to be the introduction for yesterday’s piece heralding the return of Rutgers baseball to the NCAA Tournament. Instead, Rutgers baseball was left out with just two Big Ten programs being included this year.
It all led to quite a bit of consternation (that’s a polite way to say anger) on social media after Rutgers was left out. Rutgers finished the season 44-15 (17-7 Big Ten) and with an RPI at No. 42.
It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense and Rutgers fans on social media reacted as would be expected. Todd Frazier, for instance, made several tweets slamming the decision.
While the conspiracy theories and grassy knolls don’t quite hold up, it was clearly an unusual decision for the NCAA to overlook a strong and consistent regular season from Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights baseball program has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2007.
A look at how everyone from WFAN’s Craig Carton to Rutgers baseball alum Todd Frazier reacted to yesterday’s news about the baseball team’s snub from the NCAA Tournament!
The Big Ten baseball tournament was a joke.
Forced Rutgers to play a game that started after midnight.
And if you're going to play double elimination, play double elimination all the way through.
Watch how the Big East runs its tourney. Take notes. https://t.co/uokPoT2Luc
— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) May 30, 2022
WFAN's Craig Carton
Who is manning the Screw Rutgers Baseball Button. 44-15. 2nd place Big Ten and 2nd place in turny yet they don’t make the field of 64. WHY? @RutgersBaseball
— Craig Carton (@craigcartonlive) May 31, 2022
Not sure how you win 44 games and are in contention for the Big 10 regular season title until the last day, the team that you were battling with is hosting, then sweep your way to the championship game, and not get in the NCAA tournament… @RutgersBaseball deserved more
— Chris Colabello (@CC20rake) May 30, 2022
Todd Frazier tweets a member of the selection committee
@Buddie52 Rutgers 44-15. They do t make the tourney. Just curious why not.
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) May 30, 2022
Ron Harper Jr.
Wowwwww the RU Screw is back this is insane🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/faj60igo6W
— Ron Harper Jr. (@__RHJR) May 30, 2022
Hey, @NCAABaseball Among other factoids, Rutgers BB beat Hofstra 18-1, and VCU 8-0. No disrespect to those teams, but couple with 2nd place Big 10 finish and 3-1 Big 10 tourney record – your selection criteria is a joke. #RUScrew @RutgersBaseball https://t.co/LyAOXFVYok
— Daniel (@Froetscher) May 31, 2022
Dom 'the sultry smooth voice of BTN+' Savino
Wow. Rutgers baseball did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Rutgers has a 44-15 record. Finished 2nd in the Big Ten and Runner-Up at the Big Ten Tournament. 42nd in RPI.
For the last month, Rutgers has been solidly in, according to D1Baseball and Baseball America.
— Dom Savino (@DominickSavino) May 30, 2022
Ending on an uplifting note
This program represents Rutgers so incredibly well. These student-athletes and coaches work like you wouldn’t believe. Thanks for everything this season @RutgersBaseball. Historic & memorable season, and the best is yet to come. https://t.co/ZXVs9uXLQg
— Ryan Pisarri (@RPisarri) May 31, 2022