Former Scarlet Knights star Todd Frazier, now the hard-hitting third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.


Former Scarlet Knights star Todd Frazier, now the hard-hitting third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, won the home run derby at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game celebrations, outslugging Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Great American Ball Park on July 13.

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Scarlet Knights fans, coaches, student-athletes, and visiting teams eagerly await enhancements to athletics facilities as envisioned in the Rutgers 2030 physical master plan: a basketball practice facility that will also house wrestling, gymnastics, and volleyball teams; baseball and softball stadiums and an indoor practice facility; a tennis complex; and RAC and football stadium upgrades. The proposed state-of-the-art facilities will help Rutgers compete more effectively against Big Ten opponents.

There are many Scarlet Knights to watch during the fall and winter. Women’s soccer sophomore forward Colby Ciarrocca participated in the U.S. Soccer Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp along with sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy. In Scarlet Knights men’s basketball, first-year point guard Corey Sanders and forward Jonathan Laurent are working with head coach Eddie Jordan SMLR’15, who is also counting on transfer guard Omari Grier and returning  sophomores Mike Williams  and D.J. Foreman for offense.

Scarlet Knights wrestlers redshirt sophomore Anthony Ashnault (third-place finish) and redshirt freshman Anthony Giraldo competed in the USA UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials. Field hockey junior defenders Devon Freshnock and Elyse Broderick participated in the 2015 Young Women’s National Championship. Scarlet Knights women’s volleyball sophomore outside hitter Meme Fletcher and assistant coach Phuong Luong traveled with the inaugural Big Ten Women’s Volleyball Foreign Tour, facing national teams from Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, and Croatia.

Sophomore Christopher Mirabelli won a gold medal for the United States in the javelin at the Pan American Junior Championships with a throw of 72.63 meters, a personal best. Graduate student and All-American Mercedes Glover SCJ’15 placed second nationally in the javelin throw at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the first Scarlet Raider to three-peat as an All-American. For the second straight year, she was also named Rutgers University–Newark Female Athlete of the Year. Ashley Higginson NLAW’15 won the gold medal with a record time in the steeplechase event (3,000-meter race with 28 hurdles and seven water jumps) at the Pan American Games in Toronto. The U.S. team automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

Once again, the NCAA recognized Scarlet Knights teams for their multiyear Academic Progress Rate scores. Twenty-two programs had multiyear scores of 975 or better, and women’s golf and lacrosse posted perfect multiyear scores of 1,000 for the third straight year.

Rutgers is looking to develop an adaptive sports and fitness program for physically challenged students, and will get the input from adaptive sports experts to determine what programs Rutgers should offer.