PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 16, 2012) – After improving to .500 in BIG EAST play, the Rutgers softball team will take a break from conference action when it travels to New York on Tuesday, April 17 to take on Stony Brook. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m., at University Field.
The Scarlet Knights (19-22, 8-8 BIG EAST) took two of three from Villanova over the weekend to surpass last season’s conference win total and remain in seventh in the BIG EAST standings. Freshman outfielder Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) had a stellar week at the plate for RU, batting .444 with a .667 slugging percentage en route to being named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. The rookie enters with week with a four-game hitting streak, having recorded eight on the week and a team-best six RBI. Howard is one of two Rutgers’ players batting over .300 on the year – hitting at a .302 clip. She is joined by senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) who is batting .357.
Senior outfielder Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.) also registered a sensational week offensively, tallying six hits, two RBI, three stolen bases and scoring five runs.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) picked up her 14th win of the season on Sunday against the Wildcats, becoming the only second RU pitcher in this decade to record more than 13 wins in a single season – the other being Leah Black who amassed a 15-9 mark during the 2000 campaign.
Stony Brook (27-9, 8-1 America East) has won five-straight games, with sweeps over Rider and UMBC last week. Freshman pitcher Allison Cukrov tied a program record, tallying her 11th shutout of the season and her 13th consecutive victory in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Retrievers. Cukrov holds a 17-4 record on the year with a 1.05 ERA and is holding batters to a .157 batting average.
Offensively, outfielder Shayla Giosia has blasted a team-best six home runs and has totaled 35 RBI in her rookie season. Senior outfielder Suzanne Karath leads the team, hitting at a .369 clip from the leadoff spot, while senior infielder Lauren Maloney has tallied 24 RBI from the cleanup spot.
The all-time series with the Scarlet Knights and the Seawolves is tied at four apiece, with Stony Brook taking last season’s meeting in a come-from-behind 7-6 victory.
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