SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (April 1, 2014) –With the game tied, 5-5, entering the final inning of the contest, the Rutgers softball team exploded for seven runs and five hits to bury in-state foe Seton Hall, 12-5, at Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field. Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) went the distance for the 10th time this season in the win, allowing seven hits and five runs with 12 strikeouts. She improves to 8-4.
Doubles by junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) started and closed the seventh, as the centerfielder hit her second two-bagger of the inning with two outs to score two more runs and make it the final score of 12-5.
A walk by sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) gave RU (14-10, 1-2 AAC) a lead it would not relinquish, before RBI singles by sophomore Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.), senior Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) extended the RU lead.
Prior to the seventh inning, the contest was a back-and-fourth affair. The two teams continued to exchange runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Seton Hall’s Meredith Henze blasted a two-run shot over the right field wall to tie the game, 5-5. The Pirates crossed their first run of the inning on an E4.
After the Pirates tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth, the Scarlet Knights got hot and notched four hits and three runs to go ahead, 5-2, a half inning later. Rutgers loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth, as Bates stepped to the plate and hit a rocket at the shortstop to give RU a 3-2 lead.
Sophomore Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) tacked on another run by reaching on a fielder’s choice two batters later, while Huang hit a laser down the right field line to make it a 5-2 contest.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Seton Hall rallied to tie the contest with two outs. The Pirates started the inning with a single, but Landrith bounced back, fanning the next two batters. From there, SHU’s Stacey Jones doubled and Jen Metzger singled up the middle to make it 2-2 with runners on the corners and two outs.
Caught in a tough battle with the Pirates’ Faith Laudano, Landrith prevailed, striking her out on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to end the inning.
An E4 allowed freshman Danielle Demarco (Brookfield, Conn.) to reach base in the top of the second before Whitley fought off a tough pitch over the third baseman’s head to score RU’s first run of the contest. From there, the Scarlet Knights executed a first and third play to plate their second run and make it 2-0.
RU faces Villanova on Thursday, April 3 in Villanova, Pa., facing its second consecutive BIG EAST opponent and former conference rival. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Villanova Softball Complex.
- Howard went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI against SHU, extending her hitting streak to 11 games.
- Rutgers recorded its highest run total of the season in the 12-5 win over SHU, reaching the double-digit runs mark for the fifth time this season. The 12 runs were the most since RU won, 15-6, against Boston College on March 17, 2013.
- As a team, the Scarlet Knights notched double-digit hits (13) for the seventh time this season.
- Williams went 3-for-5, recording her eighth multi-hit game of the season. She is tied for second on the team in multi-hit games this season.
- Williams also slapped at least three hits for the third time in 2013-14.
- Landrith recorded 12 strikeouts to move into the outright, third-place spot all-time in RU history in that statistic. She has posted 404 Ks through two-plus season “On the Banks.”
- Landrith also posted double-digit strikeouts (12) for the fifth time this season. She has fanned 101 hitters in 2013-14 and is averaging 1.2 strikeouts per inning.
- Huang recorded her sixth RBI of the year, while Slowinski continues to add to her personal-best RBI total of 18 this season. Slowinski is second on the team in RBIs.
- Bates bumped her team-leading RBI total to 25 in RU’s 24th game of the season. The three-RBI game was her third this season.
- Bates tied her single-game high of three hits for the second time of the year.
- Seven different players recorded a hit for the fifth time this season. RU had eight different players record a hit twice this season.
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