CLEARWATER, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team threatened No. 22/20 Louisiana-Lafayette late, putting a runner on base down a run in the bottom of the seventh, but a game-ending groundout ended the Scarlet Knights’ bid Sunday afternoon at an upset at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, as Rutgers lost, 4-3.
RU (5-5) ended its weekend with a 2-3 record in the tourney, as the squad defeated the College of Charleston, 11-3, in six innings to open the afternoon.
Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) tossed 6.0 innings and allowed just four hits and two earned runs, taking the loss against Louisiana-Lafayette (9-5-1). Freshman Aubrie Levine (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earned her first collegiate start, allowing two earned runs in the first inning.
A two-run home run by the Ragin’ Cajuns in the bottom of the first inning put RU in an early 2-0 hole. However, the Scarlet Knights responded two innings later, when senior first baseman Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) notched a two-run single to tie the game.
Facing a two run deficit again in the sixth inning, 4-2, RU again bounced back courtesy of an RBI double from freshman Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) to cut at the lead and make it a one run game. RU stranded Whitley in the sixth and got the tying run on base after a single from sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) an inning later, but Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Jordan Wallace retired two consecutive batters to cap the complete game.
The Scarlet Knights won their first game of the day, taking down the College of Charleston, 11-3, in six innings. Sophomore right-hander Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) improved to 2-0 with the win, going 6.0 innings and allowing six hits and three earned runs.
The scoring started in the bottom of the second inning, as Bates notched a two-run homer to put RU ahead. The offense exploded in bottom of the third inning, crossing five runs. Howard got the scoring going with a two-run single, followed by RBI hits from Durando and sophomore Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) to give the team a 7-1 lead.
After the Cougars scored three runs across the third and fourth inning, RU ended the game early by scoring four runs across the fifth and sixth innings. Bates continued her hot streak in the tournament, recording the game-winning hit and her third RBI of the contest in the bottom of the six inning to make it an 11-3 final.
Five Scarlet Knights recorded multi-hit games in the win, as the 14 total hits tied for a season-high.
RU returns to action on Friday, Feb. 28, when the squad travels to Northridge, Calif., to participate in the CSUN Tournament. The Scarlet Knights will take on Portland State in their first three games of the tournament before closing with two games against CSUN from March 1-2.
- RU reached double-digit runs for the second time this season against the College of Charleston. The Scarlet Knights also scored 10 runs in a victory over Colorado State (Feb. 16).
- The Scarlet Knights won in six innings against Charleston, the second game the team has ended early this year.
- Rutgers’ 14 hits against the College of Charleston tied a season-high. The squad also notched 14 hits in the win over Wichita State (Feb. 14).
- As a team, RU stole three bases in three straight games against DePaul, UMass and the College of Charleston. The Scarlet Knights are 16-for-17 in stolen base attempts this season.
- Jackie Bates notched nine RBIs over the weekend and now leads the team with 12. Her three RBIs in the win over Charleston are a season-high and one shy of her personal best of four, recorded twice and most recently vs. Lafayette on May 1, 2013.
- Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith tossed her third complete game of the season against UMass, striking out 11. She was one strikeout shy of tying her personal-best mark of 12.
- RU had two players – Bates and Loren Williams – homer in the win over Charleston. It is the third time this season the squad has hit at least two homers in one game. RU did so seven times in 56 games last year.
- Freshman Danielle Demarco earned her first career start against DePaul, breaking into the lineup as the designated player.
- Sophomore Stephanie Huang went 2-for-4 against Charleston, the third multi-hit game of her career and first this season.
- Freshman Aubrie Levine earned her first-career start against No. 22/20 Louisiana-Lafayette.
- Freshman Shayla Sweeney tossed a career-high 4.2 innings against DePaul.
- Sophomore Jordan Whitley went 2-for-3 with a run against DePaul, her first multi-hit game of the season.
- Junior Chandler Howard went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs against Charleston, recording her third multi-hit game of the season. The two runs were a season-high.
- Williams was held without a hit against James Madison. That is the only game this season in which the right fielder did not record a hit.
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