PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 30, 2013) – A go ahead, two-run home run by senior Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) in the top of the sixth inning gave the Rutgers softball team a lead it would not relinquish, as a combined pitching effort propelled the Scarlet Knights to a 5-2 victory Tuesday evening against LIU.
Sophomore lefy Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) secured her 15th victory of the season, tossing 3.0 shutout innings while allowing two hits and recording a strikeout. Landrith entered with the contest tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the fifth inning before the Scarlet Knights (27-24, 7-12) prevailed late.
With 27 wins, the Scarlet Knights are now tied for the eighth most single-season wins in the program’s 38-year history. Four teams (1981, 1985, 1986, 1989) are tied for fourth with 28 wins and two are tied (1988, 1995) with 30 wins. The No. 1 spot belongs to the 1993 Scarlet Knights, who recorded 34 victories.
RU added an insurance run on Harabedian’s third RBI of the contest in the seventh inning, as the second baseman hit into a fielder’s choice to plate sophomore Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) and give the Scarlet Knights a 5-2 lead.
Harabedian’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference maker in the contest, as her third blast of the season put RU up 4-2 heading into its final six outs.
With the home run, the Scarlet Knights recorded their first multi-home run game since April 14 at Notre Dame, and with 27 dingers, moved one homer shy of No. 3 spot on the all-time team single season list.
The Blackbirds chipped away at the Scarlet Knights’ 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, as LIU’s Lindsey Walker led off the inning with a solo homer to make it 2-1 RU. After an RBI single later in the inning with two outs, sophomore Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) entered the ballgame in relief of senior Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.), who went 2.2 innings and allowed five hits and two runs.
Maddox stepped into the circle facing a bases loaded situation and got LIU’s Madison Green looking to escape the jam and preserve the 2-2 tie.
The RU bats got going early against LIU, as junior Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) led off the game with a solo shot to give the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead. The team would tack on another run later in the inning, as junior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) recorded her 30th RBI of the season on a double to center field.
RU travels to Easton, Pa., tomorrow to face Lafayette in a doubleheader, beginning at 3 p.m. The Scarlet Knights are 12-0 all time against the Leopards.
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