SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Rutgers Outfielder Luke Bowerbank is the quiet man. He doesn't say too much, but his play on the baseball diamond has always spoken volumes. Baseball fans in the Somerset Hills are used to seeing Luke getting base hits. Going back to his Somerset Hills Little Leage days the Kiwanis Park, he has gotten hit after hit.
He continued to hit as his Somerset Hills Little League team won the New Jersey state championship in 2009. He hit a key homerun in the state championship game that year. He continued at Bernards High, setting the school career record for base hits in his four varsity seasons. And history repeated itself in 2015 when Luke hit a monster home run in the Group 2 state championship game. He ended the season as Courier News Player of the Year, and with a place on the All-State team.
This year, Luke is playing Division I baseball for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
It didn't take him long to collect his first NCAA base hit. Bowerbank started in left field for the Knights in the first game of a doubleheader at George Mason University on February 27 in Fairfax, Virginia. He collected his first hit, a single, in the Knights' victory. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bowerbank protected a Rutgers lead by throwing out a George Mason runner at home plate. It was his third outfield assist of the young season.
The 3-4 Knights play again today in the first game of a three-game series Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.