STONY BROOK, N.Y. (April 17, 2012) – Rutgers softball used a grand slam from senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 4-0 victory in game one against Stony Brook, igniting the RU offense to eight hits to defeat SBU 6-1 in game two, for a pair of wins in Tuesday afternoon’s nonconference doubleheader at University Field.
The Scarlet Knights (21-22, 8-8 BIG EAST) took control of the all-time series 6-4 and snap the Seawolves (27-11, 8-1 America East) five-game win streak. RU has won four of its last five contests.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) (15-8) got the start in the circle in game one, tossing the complete game shutout, her seventh of the year, and tying Leah Black for the most wins in a single season by an RU pitcher in this decade. She is one win shy of third place on the Rutgers’ single season win list. Landrith surrendered seven hits in the contest, while SBU starter Allison Cukrov (17-5) lost for the first time in 14 games, throwing a complete game and allowing four runs on six hits and striking out seven.
The Scarlet Knights threatened in the top of the third inning, loading the bases as senior outfielder Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.) reached base on an error – for the second time in the contest – and sophomore first baseman Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) followed with a blooper over the third baseman to put runners at first and second. Senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) grounded into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning, but junior second baseman Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) drew a walk to fill the bases. However, Cukrov was able to get out of the jam, getting freshman outfielder Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.)to ground out to end the inning.
With the game still scoreless, freshman designated player Ashley Alden (Ivyland, Pa.) led off the top of the seventh inning with her fifth double of the year. Senior catcher Kylee Bishop (Tacoma, Wash.) grounded to the right side of the infield, but the Seawolves were unable to get a sliding Alden at third, putting runners at the corners.
Following a fly out to left field, Durando walked to load the bases for the Scarlet Knights career home run leader, Lindley. Lindley drilled the ball over the fence in right center field, her team-leading fifth of the season, to break the tie and give Rutgers the 4-0 lead going into SBU’s final at bats.
Stony Brook made things interesting, putting runners on first and second before retiring the final batter to hang on for the victory. Rutgers left seven runners on base in the game, while the Seawolves stranded eight.
In game two, RU picked up two runs in the first inning, taking advantage of three walks from SBU starter Ashley Clark. After drawing a walk in the leadoff spot, Curran stole second and advanced on a wild pitch on the fourth ball of Lindley’s at bat. With the double steal on, the Scarlet Knights took a 1-0 lead, as Curran slide home safely. Harabedian scored Lindley from second on her third double of the year. Rutgers would load the bases in the inning but were unable to capitalize with anymore runs.
The Scarlet Knights added two more runs in the top of the second, Durando launched the first home run of her career to put RU up by three. Lindley drilled a double into right and was driven in on a long single from Harabedian – her second RBI of the contest – forcing the departure of Clark after 1.2 innings, four hits and four earned runs.
RU filled the bases again in the third, following two walks and hit batter, but the Scarlet Knights came up empty in the inning.
SBU got one back in the bottom of the fifth, a one-out single from senior outfielder Suzie Karath was followed by a ground out to Sisco, putting Karath in scoring position with two down. Freshman outfielder Shayla Giosia notched the RBI single to put Stony Brook on the board, 4-1 and depart starting pitcher Noelle Sisco (Tawaco, N.J.). Sisco ended the afternoon with her first win of the season, throwing 4.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits.
Rutgers wasted no time responding, adding two more in the top of the sixth, as Howard drilled an RBI double to score Lindley from first and advanced to third on the throw. Howard would come home on a ground out from junior shortstop Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.), for the 6-1 lead.
Landrith returned in game two to shut down Stony Brook, allowing no hits in 1.2 innings.
Lindley extended her streak, reaching base in each of the last eight games.
Rutgers returns to BIG EAST action this weekend when it travels to Syracuse, N.Y., for a three-game series with the Orange, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 at noon.
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