PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 20, 2012) – Rutgers softball returns to BIG EAST action with a three-game series at Syracuse starting on Saturday, April 21 with a noon doubleheader at the SU Softball Stadium. The Scarlet Knights have won four of their last five games entering into the weekend.
RU (21-22, 8-8 BIG EAST) swept a doubleheader against Stony Brook on Tuesday to take control of the all-time series, 6-4. Senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) shattered a tied game with a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning in game one, giving Rutgers the 4-0 victory. Freshman starting pitcher Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) earned her seventh complete game shutout of the year and picked up her 15th win of the 2012 campaign. She is now tied with Leah Black for the most wins in a single season by an RU pitcher in this decade.
In game two, junior second baseman Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) registered two RBI, while sophomore first baseman Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) blasted the first home run of her career, as the Scarlet Knights picked up a 6-1 win.
Lindley leads the squad, hitting at a .359 clip on the season, while freshman outfielder Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) has accumulated a team-best 11 RBI in conference play.
Syracuse (32-10, 9-2 BIG EAST) is red hot, falling just twice in its last 20 games. The Orange downed Pittsburgh in a pair of contests on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Panthers 8-0 in six innings in game one and returning for a 4-1 victory in game two. Offensively, freshman designated player Julie Wambold launched her conference-leading 11th home run of the season and senior second baseman Stephanie Watts drove in four runs. Watts is hitting at a .297 clip on the year – second on the team behind only senior outfielder Lisaira Daniels who is batting .372.
Junior pitcher Stacy Kuwik recorded a 10-strikeout performance on Wednesday for her 10th win of the season. She has a team-best 1.74 ERA, while fellow pitcher Jenna Caira has tallied an impressive 20-4 mark and is holding opponents to a .166 batting average.
SU holds an 18-4-1 series advantage. RU split the 2009 meeting against the Orange, but dropped three versus Syracuse last season.
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