PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 27, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team bounced back from a 13-1 loss against Hofstra in Game One of a doubleheader to top the Pride, 3-1, in the second game Thursday afternoon at the RU Softball Complex.
The Scarlet Knights (13-10, 1-2 AAC) split with Hofstra for the second consecutive year, using a complete-game effort from junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) to shut the door on the Pride. Landrith allowed five hits and just one earned run against a tough Hofstra lineup, striking out three and walking none.
RU got on the board right off the bat in the bottom of the first inning, when sophomore shortstop Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) smacked an RBI-single to make it a 1-0 game. Junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) extended her hitting streak to 10 games three innings later, blasting her team-leading fourth home run over the left field wall to make it a 2-0 contest.
Rutgers crossed its final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, as junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) singled down the right field line to bring in sophomore Liz Adams (Crystal Lakes, Ill.). Bates was thrown out at second base trying to leg out a double.
Hofstra (14-7) did not go away quietly, though, after entering the top of the seventh inning down, 3-0. Lacey Clark hit a solo homer with one out to cut the lead to 3-1, but Landrith kept her poise, retiring the next two batters to secure the win.
RU dropped its first game against the Pride, 13-1, in five innings, as five Scarlet Knight errors proved to be the difference in the contest. Sophomore Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) took the loss, moving her to 2-1 on the season. She went 1.1 innings and allowed five hits and three earned runs.
Freshman Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) tossed the remaining 3.2 innings of the game, allowing nine runs – just two earned – while striking out four and walking three. The Pride led, 6-1, after two innings before outscoring RU 7-0 in the final two frames for the win.
Senior catcher Emma Woo (Santa Monica, Calif.) provided the lone RBI for Rutgers in the bottom of the second inning, hitting a sac-fly to left field to bring home Slowinski.
The Scarlet Knights will remain in Piscataway, N.J. for their American Athletic Conference home-opening series against USF from Saturday, March 29- Sunday, March 30 at the RU Softball Complex.
RU will kick off the three-game set with USF in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday and close the series on Sunday at noon.
- Howard extended her hitting streak to 10 games in the doubleheader, going 1-for-3 in the first game and 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the second game. Howard has reached base in each of the last 19 games.
- Howard’s home run was the first for Rutgers in four games. Against UMass on March 16, Howard also provided a long-ball spark for the Scarlet Knights.
- Rutgers split with Hofstra for the second consecutive season. HU leads the all-time series, 25-12.
- The 13 runs allowed to the Pride in Game One are the most given by to an opponent this season.
- Landrith recorded her ninth complete game of the season and improved her record to 7-4 on the season with the victory.
- Woo’s sac-fly in Game One yielded her the first RBI of her career.
- Bates was the only Scarlet Knight to post a multi-hit game Thursday, going 2-for-3 in Game Two with a double, run and an RBI. She leads the team with 22 RBIs this season and is second with eight multi-hit games. Howard leads the squad with 10 multi-hit efforts.
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