LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 22, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team split its doubleheader with Louisville Saturday at Ulmer Stadium to open American Athletic Conference play, losing 10-6 in the first game and winning by the same score in Game Two.
RU scored five runs in the opening of inning in both games, holding on in the second contest for its first win against Louisville since April 13, 2010.
Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) picked up the win in the second game, tossing 3.1 innings in relief of freshman Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.). Landrith struck out four and allowed four hits in the outing.
RU had a solid day at the plate in Game Two, using 15 hits to score 10 runs. A leadoff walk by senior Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) started things off for RU before consecutive RBI hits later in the frame by sophomores Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) and Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) put RU ahead.
Louisville (17-11) used a two-run blast by Kayla Soles in the bottom of the fourth inning – her second of the day – to cut the Rutgers lead to 5-2. But the Scarlet Knights rallied again the top of the six inning, as a two-run single by junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) and an RBI-double by freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.) gave the squad a 10-3 advantage.
The Cardinals fought back in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back doubles and a home run, but Landrith settled down, retired three consecutive batters to end the contest.
The Cardinals snapped RU’s (12-8) six-game winning streak in the first game, using a seven-run fifth inning to win by a 10-6 margin. The Scarlet Knights led, 6-3, entering the inning, but UofL rattled off three-straight hits and drew a walk before the first out of the frame to cut at the margin, forcing Landrith out of the game.
Sweeney took the loss, going 0.1 innings while allowing a hit, two walks and four runs.
RU crossed five runs and hit around in the first inning to go ahead right off the bat. Following a groundout to open the inning, the Scarlet Knights recorded five consecutive hits, as a three-run double by sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) gave the team a 5-0 lead.
UofL responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning, eventually exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the win.
The Scarlet Knights and Cardinals will face off for the series win tomorrow at 2 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised live locally on WHAS11.2(TWC 432, Comcast 207). Brian U'Sellis will carry play-by-play duties while Patty Norton will provide color commentary.
- Rutgers scored at least 10 runs in a game for the fifth time in 19 games.
- RU recorded 15 hits in Game Two, a new season high. It was the sixth game of at least 10 hits this season.
- The Scarlet Knights’ four doubles in the second game Saturday were a season-high.
- Three Scarlet Knights posted three hits in Game Two: Howard, Huang and freshman Danielle Demarco (Brookfield, Conn.).
- Three RU players also notched two RBIs in the second game: Howard, Demarco and Whitley.
- Huang land Howard led RU at the plate Saturday. Huang went a combined 5-for-8 (.625) with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Her three RBIs in Game One are a new personal best, while her three hits in the second game also set a new single-game high.
- Howard went a combined 5-for-7 with three runs, two RBIs and two walks Saturday. She extended her hitting streak to 16 games.
- Landrith’s eight-game streak of tossing complete games was ended in the first contest, when she went 4.0 innings.
- Demarco has hit safely in each of her last three games, setting a new career-high with three hits in Game Two. She has recorded two RBIs in three-straight games.
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