PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 29, 2012) –Rutgers softball dropped its BIG EAST finale 3-2 on Sunday at the RU Softball Complex to St. John’s. The Scarlet Knights (24-27) concluded their BIG EAST slate with a 9-13 mark – surpassing last season’s league record of 7-12. With the win, STJ improves to 22-30, 10-9 BIG EAST and earned its spot into the conference tournament, scheduled for May 10-13 at Notre Dame.
St. John’s redshirt senior Kacee Cox continued her monster week with a two-run shot over the left field fence in the top of first inning to put STJ out in front 1-0. Sophomore first baseman Jackie Reed followed up with a solo shot of her own, traveling over the same spot in left for the 3-0 advantage.
RU senior outfielder Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.) led off the game with a double over the center fielder’s head and advanced on a wild pitch, while cleanup hitter Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) walked to put runners at the corners with two outs for the Scarlet Knights, but Rutgers would strand Curran on third.
A Scarlet Knights threatened against starting pitcher Fran Carrullo, picking up a single from junior shortstop Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.) and a pair of walks from outfielders Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) and Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.). The Red Storm brought in sophomore Ashley Beza to try and escape the jam, but sophomore designated player Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) drew the walk to bring home a run for Rutgers to put the score at 3-1 after two.
The two pitchers would swiftly through the middle innings. It was not until the bottom of the sixth that Rutgers would catch a break to bring itself within one run of the Red Storm, 3-2. With Bates on first following a fielder’s choice, freshman first baseman Ashley Alden (Ivyland, Pa.) hit a dribbler in front of the plate for Beza to field, but the pitcher threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, allowing Bates to come all the way around from first to score.
RU brought the top of its lineup to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, still down by one, but the Scarlet Knights were unable to manufacture the tying run.
Beza picked up the win (13-18) throwing 5.1 innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits. Landrith (17-11) gets the loss allowing three earned runs on seven hits in the complete game effort.
Prior to the game Rutgers celebrated the careers of its four graduating seniors; Curran, Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.), Kylee Bishop (Tacoma, Wash.) and Noelle Sisco (Towaco, N.J.).
The Scarlet Knights wrap up their regular season schedule with a doubleheader against Lafayette on Tuesday, May 1. The series is set for 2:30 p.m. at the RU Softball Complex.
Rutgers will await its BIG EAST Championship destiny as this week marks the final week of conference play, while RU takes its week off from league action. The Scarlet Knights seek their third-straight trip the conference tournament – a feat that Rutgers has yet to accomplish since joining the BIG EAST in 1996.
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