PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 1, 2012) – Rutgers senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) took advantage of her last home series at the RU Softball Complex, going 4-for-6 from the plate with two home runs and a double in Tuesday’s doubleheader against Lafayette. Freshman pitcher Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) tossed a perfect five inning contest for the 9-0 victory in game one, while the Scarlet Knights’ bats continued to produce in a 8-0 five inning win for the sweep.
Landrith threw her second career perfect game, with her first coming in a full seven innings against Iona last week – the first for an RU pitcher since the 2000 campaign.
The Scarlet Knights (26-27) jumped out in front in the bottom of the first inning, as freshman outfielder Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) walked and Lindley followed with her first blast of the contest, putting RU on top 2-0. That was just the start for Rutgers, who would total five runs on four hits in the inning for the 5-0 lead.
Junior shortstop Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.) notched an RBI single in the bottom of the second, driving in Williams from first and adding to the Scarlet Knights advantage, 6-0.
Lindley launched her team-leading seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth, a solo shot to bring the score to 7-0.
Senior catcher Kylee Bishop (Tacoma, Wash.) led off the fifth inning with a single up the middle and senior outfielder Lindsey Curran (Monroe Township, N.J.) drilled a shot over the left field fence to conclude the contest with a 9-0 victory. Curran ended the contest 2-for-4 from the dish with three RBI.
Landrith fanned four batters, while Leopards pitcher Melissa Robinson threw four innings, allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits – the most hits by Rutgers since April 15 against Villanova when it recorded 14.
RU picked up right where it left off, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning of game two. Curran led of the game with a walk and stole second before Howard drove her home on a double into left center. Lindley added her 12th double of the year, to score Howard from second and take a 2-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights picked up a five-run third inning, tallying three hits and getting aid from three Lafayette errors to increase its lead to 8-0.
The Leopards (13-38) threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out following an error, hit batter and a single, but starting pitcher Noelle Sisco (Towaco, N.J.) was able to get the next two batters to ground out to end the inning.
The Scarlet Knights chipped in a run in the bottom of the second as freshman outfielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) and Curran – who were on the corners – pulled off the double steal to go on top 3-0.
Rutgers added five runs in the third, tallying three hits and three Lafayette errors to take the 8-0 lead. The Scarlet Knights would hold on for the advantage to take the five inning victory.
Sisco (3-1) tossed four shutout innings and sophomore pitcher Megan Williams (Richmond, Va.) came in relief for the final three outs. Alex Campanaro falls to 1-12 on the year after allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
The Scarlet Knights await their future in postseason play as BIG EAST action concludes this weekend.
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