PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 30, 2012) – The Rutgers softball team awaits its postseason fate this week as it wraps up its 2012 regular season on Tuesday, May 1 when it hosts Lafayette in a doubleheader scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the RU Softball Complex.
The Scarlet Knights (24-27, 9-13 BIG EAST) dropped three games to St. John’s over the weekend to sit in a tie for eighth place in the BIG EAST rankings with Connecticut. Having not faced UConn during the regular season, the Huskies hold the tie-breaker as they defeated a higher-ranked conference team, USF, earlier this season. Rutgers will need Pittsburgh to lose at least two games this weekend against Notre Dame to be eligible for its third-straight BIG EAST Championship.
Rutgers was on the losing end of three one-run ball games against St. John’s, including a 6-5 loss in game two in which RU launched three home runs as part of a five-run bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman outfielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) had a career day on Saturday, drilling two home runs on the afternoon and tallying four RBI. Despite falling over the weekend, RU matched its highest conference win total since 1998 when the Scarlet Knights earned 10 league wins.
Senior outfielder Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.) had an exceptional week, batting .412 with a .706 slugging percentage. She recorded three RBI and eight hits, including two doubles and a home run. On the season, senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) is hitting at a .320 clip with a team-best 25 RBI.
The Leopards (13-36, 7-13 Patriot League) punched the final ticket to the conference tournament over the weekend, taking two-of-four games from Bucknell. Senior Gwen Turner went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate in game three of the series, part of a 7-for-7 day from the outfielder. Despite stranding 10 runners in game three, Lafayette was able to manufacture two runs for the 2-0 victory.
Turner is the only Leopard batting above .300, hitting at a .370 clip for the season and has added 13 stolen bases. Sophomore third baseman Lauren Murphy has tallied a team-best 23 RBI, while senior catcher Stacey Dorn and junior second baseman Jordan Parsons have added 19 apiece.
In the circle, Melissa Robinson has accounted for 12 of the team’s 13 wins. She has pitched 215.2 innings with 34 appearances and 30 complete games. Robinson has a 2.40 ERA and its holding batters to a .259 batting average.
Rutgers dominates the series with a perfect 10-0 record against Lafayette. The two teams have not met since May 22, 1997 when the Scarlet Knights defeated the Leopards 11-5 and 8-4 in a doubleheader.
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