SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 15, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team split its second day at the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunner Classic, defeating host-school UTSA, 5-0, in its second game Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) tossed a complete game gem, surrendering just one hit and striking out nine in the victory. Landrith (1-1) did not walk any batters in the appearance.
The Scarlet Knights (2-2) jumped ahead early in the contest in the second inning, when junior center fielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) hit a solo home run to right center. In the fourth inning RU tacked on some insurance runs, starting with an RBI groundout by sophomore Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.).
Later in the inning, sophomore catcher Liz Adams (Crystal Lake, Ill.) reached on a throwing error, allowing classmates Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) and Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) to score and give RU a 4-0 lead.
A solo shot by senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) in the bottom of the fifth inning closed the scoring for the afternoon, giving the first baseman her first home run of the season. As a team, the Scarlet Knights have cranked four home runs through four games this season.
RU began the day with an 8-1 setback against Oklahoma State. The squad trailed just 3-1 after three innings, but a five-run explosion by the Cowgirls in the top of the fourth inning put the game out of reach. Freshmen Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) and Aubrie Levine (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made their collegiate debuts in the circle for Rutgers.
Sweeney (0-1) got the starting nod and took the loss, going 3.0 innings and allowing 11 hits and eight earned runs. Levine took over for Sweeney in the fourth inning and finished out the game, throwing 4.0 innings of scoreless ball and allowing just two hits. She struck out two and did not walk any batters in the no-decision.
Durando and Williams continued their torrid offensive starts to the year in RU’s second day of the season. Durando finished the day 2-for-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. Williams, meanwhile, went 4-for-7 on the day. The two seniors lead the team from the plate through four games, with Williams hitting .600 and Durando hitting .545.
Bates was 3-for-6 with a homer and an RBI.
The Scarlet Knights close out their stay in San Antonio, Texas tomorrow morning with a matchup with Colorado State. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. (EST).
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