PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 24, 2012) – The Rutgers University softball team hits the road for a midweek nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 25 when it takes on Iona. The series is set to begin at 2:30 p.m., at the Rice Oval in Rochelle, N.Y.
The Scarlet Knights (22-24, 9-10 BIG EAST) swept Stony Brook in a nonleague doubleheader on Tuesday and opened its BIG EAST series against Syracuse with a 3-1 victory, but failed to provide the run support necessary in the final two games of the weekend. The Orange defeated RU 5-3 in game two, despite Rutgers loading the bases in the top of the seventh, while an impressive pitching performance from freshman pitcher Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) was overshadowed by a walk-off home run by SU in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday.
Landrith – a member of this week’s BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll – earned her 16th win of the season (16-9) over the weekend to put her in a tie for third with Juliette Brooks (1996) on RU’s single season win list. The rookie has a 2.21 ERA and is holding batters to a .214 batting average on the year. Senior pitcher Noelle Sisco (Towaco, N.J.) threw crucial innings for the Rutgers throughout the week, earning her first start and win of the season in game two against the Seawolves and coming in relief for junior Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.) in game two at Syracuse. She finished the week with a 0.84 ERA, seven strikeouts and allowed one earned run.
Senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) continues to lead the Scarlet Knights offensively, with a .609 slugging percentage and a .517 on-base percentage. She has a team-best 24 RBI, 39 hits and 16 stolen bases. Senior outfielder Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.) has been a staple defensively for the Scarlet Knights, having started all 46 games in centerfield. The veteran robbed two home runs in game one against the Orange over the weekend to help RU hold on for the 3-1 win.
The Gaels (25-20, 7-3 MAAC) have won four of their last five games and still await a meeting with Fordham on Tuesday, April 24 before getting ready to host the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday. Iona most recently traveled to Manhattan on Monday, defeating the Jaspers 7-0 in game one and 3-1 in game two.
Iona is piloted by a pair of tough pitchers. Senior Sarah Jackson and redshirt senior Alyssa Maiese have each accumulated a 12-9 record in the circle this season. Jackson has a team-best 1.48 ERA and is holding batters to a .198 batting average, while Maiese has tallied a 1.57 ERA.
Offensively, Maiese is joined by junior outfielder Eileen McCann as the only two members of the squad batting over .300 on the season. McCann is hitting at a .347 clip. Maiese has a team-best 19 extra base hits and 32 RBI.
RU owns a 4-0 all-time lead against Iona, dating back to the first meeting in 1998. The Scarlet Knights picked up a pair of wins by scores of 11-3 and 8-0, – both five inning games – last season.
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