PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 6, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team (20-14, 4-4) played a doubleheader with Georgetown (14-23, 4-3) as part of a three-game series on Saturday, Apr. 6 at RU Softball Complex in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights dropped the first game 12-11, and came out victorious in the second game with a 7-4 win over the Hoyas.
In game one, the Hoyas came out early with hot bats, as Alexandria Anttila hit a three-run homer to put the first runs on the board. The Georgetown right-fielder paced the team with four home runs and 10 RBIs on the day.
In the second inning Antilla was responsible for the four Hoya runs after a grand slam, giving GU a 7-1 lead after the top of the second. RU kicked off its five-run second inning with a Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) home run, giving the Scarlet Knights a surge of momentum. Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) singled to left field to bring home Ashley Alden (Ivyland, Pa.) and advance senior catcher Kaci Madden (Saratoga, N.Y.) to third base. Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) struck a ball through the left side, notching two RBIs as Williams and Madden headed for home. The Scarlet Knights finished up a strong second inning to trail by just one, 7-6.
Rutgers took its first lead of the game in the fifth inning after Bates knocked a double to right center, and an Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) single sent her home. Durando then stole second and set up for a Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) shot through center field to take an 11-9 lead.
RU wouldn’t be able to hold on to the lead, however, as the Hoya’s finished out the seventh with an Anttila two-run homer for the win.
In pitching action, Megan Hyson took the win for GU and advanced her record to 5-10 on the year. Freshman Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) went to 6-3 on the season.
In game two of action, the Scarlet Knights rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a five-run answer in the bottom of the third inning. Durando came up to bat with bases loaded and smashed a ball over the fence for a grand slam.
With the score at 5-1 heading into the third, the Hoyas looked to come from behind and notched three runs off a Shikara Lowe single through the left side.
RU responded as Chandler Howard (North Wilmington, Del.) shot a ball down the left field line, sending Williams home and giving RU a 6-4 lead.
The Scarlet Knights capped off the win with a final run and took the game with a 7-4 win.
Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.) got the win and advanced her record to 2-3 on the season. Hyson finished with a loss and took her record to 5-11.
Rutgers will play game three of the series tomorrow at RU Softball Complex at noon.