CLEARWATER, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team defeated UMass, 3-0, in the second of two games Saturday, splitting the afternoon after falling to DePaul, 10-6, to open the day at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Junior southpaw Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) struck out 11 - one shy of her career-high - in a complete game shutout of the Minutewomen, as a three-run Rutgers fifth inning proved to be the difference in the contest.
Senior right fielder Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) got things going for RU by reaching on an error in the top of the fifth inning. She later stole second to move into scoring position, while freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.) grounded out to move Williams to third with two outs.
A pass ball plated Williams and gave RU a 1-0 lead, before sophomore Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) hit her second double of the day to score two runs and give the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 lead they would not relinquish.
Bates went a combined 3-for-7 with five RBIs in the afternoon, as she now leads the team with nine through eight games.
Landrith improved to 2-2 on the season while lowering her ERA to 2.41. She allowed three hits and walked three in 7.0 innings of work.
The Scarlet Knights dropped a 10-6 contest to DePaul in their first of two games Saturday. RU led 5-1 through two innings of play, as a bases-clearing double by Bates broke the game open in the first inning. However, three Rutgers errors in the contest led to three unearned runs for the Blue Demons, who went on a three-run rally in the top of third inning to cut at the deficit. From there DePaul added six more runs in the final four innings to win by the final score of 10-6.
Senior first baseman Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) hit an RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate Williams and give RU life with two outs. But reliever Mary Connolly got Bates swinging to end the game, giving start Hanna Penna her third win of the season.
Sophomore right-hander Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) was replaced by freshman right-hander Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) in the third inning, as she allowed four hits, three earned runs and two walks in 2.1 innings pitched as the starter.
Sweeney (1-2) took the loss, going the final 4.2 innings and allowing four earned runs and 10 hits. She struck out three.
Rutgers is back in action to close out the tournament on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. vs. the College of Charleston. The Scarlet Knights then face No. 23/23 Louisiana-Lafayette at 11:30 a.m. – the squad’s first ranked opponent of the season.
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