PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 17, 2013) – A combined effort by the Rutgers softball team’s pitching staff held Stony Brook to just three hits en route to a 7-1 victory in the second game of a doubleheader at the RU Softball Complex. The victory gave RU the split with Stony Brook after the squad dropped the first game, 3-1.
The Scarlet Knights (24-19, 6-8) compiled 11 hits in the Game Two victory and were paced with a 3-4 effort by junior right fielder Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.). All three RU pitchers saw action in the contest, as sophomore Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) tossed the final 1.1 innings of action, striking out Stony Brook’s Nicole Hagerty for the final out of the game.
Landrith entered the game in the sixth inning with two outs and runners on first and second. After surrenduring a hit to the first batter she faced, the southpaw got out of the jam by striking out Stony Brook's Jessica Combs.
Freshman Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) earned the victory, going 2.1 innings in relief of starter Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.). Maddox (8-4) did not allow a hit or earned run, and surrendered four walks to the Seawolves.
By going a combined 3-8 and earning hits in both games, sophomore Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) extended her hitting streak to 13 games – a season high for any Scarlet Knight this season. She has reached base in 22 consecutive contests dating back to March 20.
RU broke the game open in the fourth inning of play, collecting five hits en route to a four-run inning to take a 5-1 lead. Freshman Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) got things going for the Scarlet Knights by singling to center, before the next four batters all slapped singles as part of the scoring rally. The final run of the inning was scored on a Howard ground out to second base, her first of three RBIs in the game.
A Howard double down the left field line in the sixth inning plated two more runs, making the RU lead 7-1. Landrith then entered the game and retired four consecutive batters, recording three strikeouts, to end the day with a victory.
In the first game of the doubleheader, a pair of seventh-inning homers by Seawolves led to a 3-1 loss. RU tied the contest at 1-1 in the fifth inning of action, as Howard’s first double of the day scored freshman Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.).
But Stony Brook quickly responded, as Jessica Zeilman led off the seventh inning with a solo shot to give the Seawolves a 2-1 lead. Two outs later, Alexandra Pisciotta stepped to the plate and blasted a solo shot of her own, giving Stony Brook a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish.
Landrith (13-11) tossed her 16th complete game of the season in the loss, allowing seven hits, three runs, three earned runs and one walk. She struck out five in the outing.
The Scarlet Knights return to the RU Softball Complex tomorrow to face Iona, against which RU is 6-0 all time. RU has surrendered just seven runs to the Gaels in the six all-time meetings they have played against them.
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